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Author Name: Freeborderline_mary 6 Comments
Date Added: December 18, 2008 17:12:36 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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Type: Free Verse
Category: Depression Add To Favorites | Text Only
Harsh and smooth by gradient to show
Cables across vacant space;

Never let your hands be idle!
Flutter-weave, in and out and in:
Myriad of dark and pale,
Morse code of threes and fours.

Aren't you coming out of your office?
Angle, grip―cramped fingers held in place―

Hobbies should have a useful product.
Higher mathematics, backstitch quadratics
And division by Turquoise (that's blue and green).
Textured hatch-patterns, Braille

I haven't seen you all day . . .
In prism-cold refractions―
Strings broken, variables knotted, fine words in knaps;
Holes in rosy peach skin―backtrack,

That's really impressive!
Stretched over scraps.
Taped down.
Soft now.

Don't you want to spend time with us?
Framed by twenty-two years,
Taken back

How long does that take you?
It's all right, we understand.

Five minutes ago.

Author's Notes:
I tend to prefer a bit of isolation, and to do solitary activities to keep my hands busy, but it doesn't always make my loved ones happy.
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Comment By: PremiumBruce A. Peaslee on July 25, 2009 06:22:55 PM Report
Jessica - Boy does this work hit home!  My wife used to cross stitch, and a lot of needle work; having kids and needleworking aren't always a good match, I can remember her pulling her hair out (euphemistically) when she lost concentration and missed a row; Not a good thing to happen for a perfectionist type.  The solitude was a cherished time.  Good write



Comment By: FreeJ.M. on April 22, 2009 03:48:26 AM Report
Hobbies should have a useful product.
Higher mathematics, backstitch quadratics
And division by Turquoise (that's blue and green).
Textured hatch-patterns, Braille


LOVED this stanza. The sarcastic use of parenthensis, the profound use italics for the antagonist... Brilliant. I truly loved each and every stanza. I imagine your love of writing is only surpassed by that the love of playing the violin? Or is it cello? So it appears you have not one, but two magnificent gifts. Congratulations on the award.


Comment By: Freejess on April 21, 2009 11:22:40 AM Report
Congrats on winning the feature award for this piece
Comment By: FreeLady Dragonwyck on April 21, 2009 10:03:39 AM Report
Jessica:  congratulations on the Feature Poem Award.  keep up the great writes.


Lady Dragonwyck

Comment By: FreeAdri on April 21, 2009 07:01:13 AM Report
This is a stunning piece.  Congratulations on the award.

Adri x

Comment By: FreeA.P. on December 18, 2008 08:53:29 PM Report
this is also very beautifully written, love your wording, such as "higher mathematics, backstitch quadratics/ And division by Turqoise..."
this keeps a feel of consistent flow as well, and just the right amount of subtlety.
nicely done.


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