A typical life is an unanswered question;
a successful one is a declaration;
her life was an exclamation.
She lived for experience
never caring for enlightenment.
She thought life's uncertainties
Wwould resolve themselves
like the tidy end to a sitcom plot.
Nevertheless, she was prophetic:
her life was intense and brief.
It ended in the point
of a syringe filled with heroin
hanging from her arm.
Nice write. After the first three lines I thought every line would have the same scheme. But, I liked it, the description was good and flow good, although abrupt. As I mentioned, after the first three lines I thought the whole piece would be as the first three. This is your piece, your thought, so scheme doesn't play a part if this was you intent. nice work.
Wow that was depressing as hell. HEre you paint a beautiful image of the spontanious and empty. The ending seemed to throw the piece into the winds which is a perfect illustration of the calamity of thoughtlessness
well, I didn't see that one coming. I really identified with your heroine until the heroin. You have achieved a subtle stunner. It starts out so introspective and then the exclamation at the end of the piece- her physical exclamation, wow. This is unique Amy...a different voice then I am used to from you. Hope you are well. Much love- Rene'
wow...what a shocking ending. I am still amazed at how you can tell a complicated story with so few words...this would have taken me a page or two...
Very philosophical in the first two lines and throughout, really. I also love the word play on "exclamation" and then the "point" of the needle. One might think it coincedence, but I know better with you.
i didnt know where it was going...i started to think i'd be let down with something predictable, then there was the punch of the ending, brilliant, although i thought the first two lines rhyming sort of slows down the entry into the poem, nevertheless, nice little poem thanks for sharing
I really didn't expect this ending. and that is great when you're able to surprise your readers. unfortunately you write about the truth. that's how it ends mostly these days. we live in a strange time where we need such things like drugs to really live.
what a downer... i don't mean that in a bad way, that came out wrong! this made me think of someone i knew in Berkeley, on fire and exclaiming life like a tornado, totally rash and untethered. drugs took her way down. the image of the needle in her arm, looking like an exclamation point is a stunner of an ending. well done Amy. your fertile mind is a well-spring.
This was exceptional again. I like the question, declaration exclamation references to portray different experiences. They really work as ways of looking at life. I could well imagine being a drug addict was an excllmation experience.
I know you're not a fan of punctuation. I think an"!" would really work at the end of line either three or line four. I would change the words "It ended in the point Of a syringe filled with heroin Hanging from her arm". to "It ended in a fullstop With a syringe-stab jab, filled with heroin A hanging indent in her arm" As a way of bringing the language of puctuation through to the end of the poem.
Just athought you might want to play with...
Anyways as salways i really enjoyed you writing and learn alot from you :) Kate xoxoxo
Wow. I really like this. This is definitely not something to throw away that's for sure. I really like the idea of someone who lives life fast, to the point, spontaneous so to speak. Then dies by something of this magnitude. I know it's not good and it does happen but the way you wrote it made it sound exciting and vibrate. Almost like it wasn't a bad thing to die at the end point of a syringe full of heroin. Does that make sense? I don't know if it does but this piece certainly did. I loved it! :) Great job! -blt
this is the truth today. very well written ,I wasn't expecting it to be so harsh with the reality of life oozing from it. A bad way to find fake happiness which doesn't last long and usually ends up in death later on. great job
You're right Amy, this is very well done. It's packed and serves up an olympic twist. It packs a graphic that's a sad story I didn't expect. It's very powerful and realistic. I think that's the total surprise here. While my mind is contemplating her universe, where there are no goals, just life experience, I am rejoicing her living in the moment. But the needle appears and i know life has only one answer, I am waiting.....I am waiting for the next oblivion. and the whole thing turns on me just as life turned on her, but she let it happen too.
I think I would drop "If" on the first line and "And" on the second one. I don't think they are needed. Also this challenges the reader to think on these types of lives. Great job, peace and love, Nan