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Old 05-22-2007, 12:43 AM   #1
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The Thing of It All

I had the need to write this poem after thinking about some of my dearly departed, and I eventually settled on a tale of a boy who died due to extreme neglect during a lapse of illness, and the events after the death. I'm not done writing it, but I've had a writer's block the past couple days, so I figure I might as well get some feedback from some UG members. Oh, and please if you have the time, write me some constructive criticism, and try not to leave this thread empty like my last entry. Thanks in advance to any kind enough to do so.


"My god
He was smaller than I had thought"
The cries rang out through the town
As the household was torn
Well you didn't have any part in
Helping him
Lay the body down in a box
Add his name to the list

"If only I had given more time"
"If only my love for him I could remind"
Well you're better off this way
Better yet, if only you had seemed to care
His life wouldn't have been taken
And his body flat out whithered with wear
"Inconveniences they seem so small
Just like his body, ain't that the thing of it all?"
Inconveniences you say?
Since when attention, and love, and want
Something that's come out of your way?

Well, isn't that just the thing of it all?
Your emotions made and fabricated
Only after his life is dated
The dreams once thought
The plans once made
All danced around the smoke
As he's reduced to ash in the flames
Yes, it's only time before you're day
So fasten up and take the reigns

"If only I..."
"If only I..."
"If only I... tried."

His proclamation sung out
Death? Who knew it?
By the signs of an economic prize
It's as though they all construed it
Oh
The lies built within
Rise from the serum in the glass
If only he'd had been there
That bottle would be smashed
Upon which the head I would observe
A very abstract curse
Not in particular, but suiting it well
This situation's bound for hell
As well as yourselves

-Matthew
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Old 05-22-2007, 01:41 AM   #2
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"If only I had given more time"
"If only my love for him I could remind"

It's just cliche to me, I'm not sure if others would agree.


His proclamation sung out
Death? Who knew it?
By the signs of an economic prize
It's as though they all construed it
Oh

Loving this bit, I like the vocabulary used and I can imagine the prclamation. Construed also fits in majestically. It's very AFI circa Sing the Sorrow at this point I think. I can imagine Davey Havok singing or even writing this part of the poem.

Rise from the serum in the glass
If only he'd had been there
That bottle would be smashed

And then you say the dreaded word 'smashed'. Find another one, it's boring! I love how you started this bit though, the serum in the glass is vivid, just try improving the smashing of the glass.

On the whole, I do like much of your expression, but it's evident that you are just coming out of writer's block. Try writing at different times of day or after a hot cup of whatever you drink. Vary your life a bit, and I'm sure you'll turn this poem into something even better than what you've already achieved, well done.
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Old 05-22-2007, 03:30 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by ss311
"If only I had given more time"
"If only my love for him I could remind"

It's just cliche to me, I'm not sure if others would agree.


His proclamation sung out
Death? Who knew it?
By the signs of an economic prize
It's as though they all construed it
Oh

Loving this bit, I like the vocabulary used and I can imagine the prclamation. Construed also fits in majestically. It's very AFI circa Sing the Sorrow at this point I think. I can imagine Davey Havok singing or even writing this part of the poem.

Rise from the serum in the glass
If only he'd had been there
That bottle would be smashed

And then you say the dreaded word 'smashed'. Find another one, it's boring! I love how you started this bit though, the serum in the glass is vivid, just try improving the smashing of the glass.

On the whole, I do like much of your expression, but it's evident that you are just coming out of writer's block. Try writing at different times of day or after a hot cup of whatever you drink. Vary your life a bit, and I'm sure you'll turn this poem into something even better than what you've already achieved, well done.


Thank you so much! I was actually going for a sense of cliche for that bit, because it seems that the most said phrase after someone has passed away is "Oh, if only they knew how much I loved them!". I'm actually surprised you liked that "Davey Havok" line there, because when I was writing I felt as though that was a weak point that I should have revised (not so much now). But, I'm gonna go grab a bite and work on it some more. Hopefully I can be constructive and perfect some of the hollow lines that you pointed out. That "smashed" felt very filler to me, so expect me to find a more suiting verb to take it's place.
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Old 05-24-2007, 01:53 PM   #4
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Thanks for the crit, I appreciate it. Anyways, I thought the wording was good. Very emotionally which is always a good thing. My biggest pet peeve would have to be the flow. I'm not saying it has to read like a nursery rhyme, but the flow is severely lackingly. It made it kind of awkward to read. Maybe just rearrange a few lines or something. Anyways, nice job, man.
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