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her name is alice. there is a slight blood stain on the valley where her lips part, and her eyes are two supermassive black stars that can't show anything but hurt. she can't bring herself to look in the broken mirror puddles that are all over the ground.

              (and i don't blame her)

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she borrows her mother's raincoat because it smells like home. not the homes that are flooded with laundry soap or soft candles burning in the family room, but more like the paint she spilled on the carpet, or the whiskey on her father's breath.

            (and sometimes, she swears she can smell her mother's sadness.)


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when alice was little she remembers playing freeze tag with her mother. she remembers feeling anxious, and now she feels sick. "if daddy touches you, stay still, and don't make a sound."

                  (alice is the best at being numb.)


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alice plays the piano, and the sounds are broken, and slow. sometimes she plays to the beating of her heart, irregular things are what she loves, like tracing the lines in the wall where she counted the days she was alive.

                            (alice is the best at pretending.)
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(a black cloud covers my heart at night, and eats through my soul, and when i wake up, i feel sick, and scared, and at night, i cry before i go to sleep. and all i want is the moonlight to pass over my skin and help me know that i'm alive, just one more night.)
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Critique by LadyButtonEyes Jun 16, 2009, 10:30:32 AM
I cannot decide if this is poetry or prose-- but either way it is beautiful. I love the way you divide it. The reader is forced to lunge forward as they go and it adds to the sadness and violence of the piece. Usually I would be against the parentheses, but you use them very artfully and they help add insight. "(alice is best at pretending)": I do not think you could have ended this work any better.

I loved the "smells of home", but I felt like "the whiskey on her father's breath" lacks the originality of "the paint she spilled on the carpet." But I understand that it is completely necessary and that the work would carry the same meaning without it.

In very few words you have shown all the pain that one person could ever hold and then some. Again, beautiful work. Well done.
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This piece speaks very heavily of loneliness and hauted nostalgia.
The haunting feeling it gives off is helped by the broken structure and the use of numbers, which seem to dictate a passage of time.
I think you have grasped a set of emotions very well here and laid them out very clearly, without being too direct or forceful. You are not pushing a moral on the reader or making their mind up for them, you are simply painting a picture of someone who is very sad and lonley and possibly very lost and letting the reader make their own decision.
I also think that you are writing about repressed abuse, whether physical or mental i am unsure, but I may be wrong. This image certainly comes across in the third stanza.
I would call this poetry (in response to the first critique) and I would call it very good poetry.
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introverted-ghost Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014   Writer
This is hauntingly beautiful.
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Jinxai Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
I really love this piece. I just found you by chance and decided to take a look at your gallery and I really love what I've seen so far. Your writings are all marvelous and you are definitely one of my new idles. I can only hope to write as well as you one day.

"(and sometimes, she swears she can smell her mother's sadness.)"

I really love this line as well as the paragraph before it. Im like that sometimes, I'll smell shirts and things just to be reminded of "home."
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create-illusions Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
Thank you very much :smooch:
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Jinxai Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
Your very welcome.
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jessssika Featured By Owner May 17, 2010   Writer
I guess, this piece touches me the most because I like to call myself alice and I like to pretend, too.
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meowzer13 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, your writing is very powerful and very beautiful :) this is really amazing!
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Gothic-Ray Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
"if daddy touches you, stay still, and don't make a sound."

that's mi favorite line though it sad....wonderful as always
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create-illusions Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009
thank you
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Gothic-Ray Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009
np
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scatteredwords Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Yes.
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standardcarpet Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009  Student
I dont know if i have already commented on this..but it is beautiful.
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create-illusions Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009
thank you:)
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earthtothemorgue-x Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Moving.
Amazing.
:3
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create-illusions Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009
thank you:heart:
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iheldyoucloser Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009
this is beautifully depressing.
i love it bunches. :heart:
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create-illusions Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009
i'm glad:hug:
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visage-porcelain Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009
this is beautiful. sad, but wonderful. and the style...

i haven't written prose in so long, but seeing what you've done with words has inspired me to try again, and soon. :)
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exposed1 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009
Im hoooked
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Delicatesilver Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Very beautiful. Great poem.
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create-illusions Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009
thank you^^
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Bethisonfire Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009   Photographer
really incredible writing.
you have some serious talent kalea.
:heart:.
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create-illusions Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009
thank you so much:hug:
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TheGreatestofThese Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009  Student Photographer
Beautiful
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create-illusions Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
:hug:
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stepintotheshadows Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009   Writer
"if daddy touches you, stay still, and don't make a sound."

freeze tag, or incest ? :|
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create-illusions Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
you tell me.
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wocketinpocket Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009   Writer
i wish i could tell you how much i loved this but i'm completely speechless.

just wow!
<3
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create-illusions Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
thank you!
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Midnight3Flame Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009  Student Photographer
woah. you're amazing at creating an atmosphere <3
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create-illusions Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
thank you^^
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Poisonedkitty Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
Your writing is so gorgeous in it's own way...
I can't even begin to explain.
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create-illusions Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
thank you^^
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for-herself Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
i understand everything alice said... everything.
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create-illusions Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
:heart:
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offbyzero Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
I really don't know if there's anything I can say that hasn't been said.
But still...I'd rather let you know that this is something to be prized than not say anything at all.
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create-illusions Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
awh, thank you!
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Violent-Passion Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
you're such an amazing writer <3
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create-illusions Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
thank you(:
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xcauchemars Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
Beautiful, :heart:
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create-illusions Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
:heart:
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ComaWhitexx Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
Very nicely composed. The words just flow together beautifully. Well done.
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create-illusions Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
thank you!(:
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ComaWhitexx Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
You're welcome.
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shadow-hostage Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This is incredible, and so very sad. :heart:
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create-illusions Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
thank you:heart:
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TrashcoreDesigns Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
This is amazing.
Truely amazing.
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create-illusions Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
thank you:wow:
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TrashcoreDesigns Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
Welcome, dear. :heart:
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k3Liaaa Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
Amazing. :heart:
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create-illusions Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
thank you^^
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