PW's Anti-Valentine Contest begins today!

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PW's Anti-Valentine Contest begins today!
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Mon, 02-07-2011 - 7:37am

Valentine's Day is upon us again.

"It is with a strange malice / That I distort the world." -- from The Weeping Burgher by Wallace Stevens

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 02-09-2011 - 7:44am

There are lifetimes reflected

in this mirror.

Smooth skin hidden by foundation

and a novice hand.

Fingers trembling

as I tried to apply a straight line

to the bottom of lid.

Breath-fogged glass

as I searched for imperfections.

No need to voice the "pretty enough" fears

(we've all been there)

but I never was you know -

pretty enough - for you.

No, you painted your own colors on me,

purples, blues, and greens.

But I never gave my mascara cause to run.

No. Not once.

Today, this mirror finds the start

of fine lines around my mouth

and laugh lines 'round my eyes.

But today,

I can see

the flawless skin that was,

no thanks to you,

my Anti-Valentine.

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Registered: 06-13-1999
Wed, 02-09-2011 - 7:57am
Love it -- can see you at the mirror. As for the double space, try holding the shift key when you hit Enter.
"It is with a strange malice / That I distort the world." -- from The Weeping Burgher by Wallace Stevens
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 02-09-2011 - 1:53pm

A fun little detour from my usual stuff.... :-)

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Registered: 06-13-1999
Fri, 02-11-2011 - 7:32am
Love it! Guh-ross, but love it!
"It is with a strange malice / That I distort the world." -- from The Weeping Burgher by Wallace Stevens
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Registered: 06-13-1999
Fri, 02-11-2011 - 8:04am

An Anti-valentine ATC (Artist Trading Card) created by yours truly.

"It is with a strange malice / That I distort the world." -- from The Weeping Burgher by Wallace Stevens
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Registered: 01-28-2000
Fri, 02-11-2011 - 10:06am

Severed

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Registered: 06-13-1999
Fri, 02-11-2011 - 10:30am
Whoa -- nice work!
"It is with a strange malice / That I distort the world." -- from The Weeping Burgher by Wallace Stevens
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Fri, 02-11-2011 - 2:42pm
I love this Roberta, the imagery and tone...everything! Awesome!
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Fri, 02-11-2011 - 4:52pm

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Registered: 10-19-1998
Fri, 02-11-2011 - 11:01pm

MY VALETINE RANT

There are no shining knights
to be found in dusty taverns.
No Prince Charming to sweep you away
or merry men to sing sappy songs for you.

No secret gardens where the fairies dance,
and no three coins in a fountain where
the lovelorn gather making wishes.
Put fairytales to rest between the pages
of bedtime storybooks and rhymes.

The glimmer train doesn't pass this way,
Cinderella has outgrown her glass slippers.
Dorothy's red ruby shoes can't take her home
and Blue Fairy doesn't lie waiting
beneath a deep blue sea to guide
those who have lost their way.

There's no magic carpet ride, castles in the sky
or angels riding shotgun in the clouds.
Dreams don't come true from wishing
upon a shooting star and
the elusive butterfly can't bring true love.

Forget happy-ever-after, merry-go-rounds and
Sally doesn't go 'round pretty roses.
The good witch has no magic wand,
there's no cupid to shower you
with red hearts and fancy flowers.

Merlin's crystal ball can't fortell your fate
and no weeping willow sheds tears for you.
There's no genie in a bottle or perfect bliss.
Stardust wishes and candyland dreams
are for fools and tiny children.

Wake up Sleeping Beauty,
you have slept far too many years.
There is no end to a never-ending-story,
no swan song left to be sung and
this night grows forever long.

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