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And we are left here Like maggots—dirty, parentless…devastated Always feeding on the gruel…the cruel Fattening our lives in the moneyless bilk Shocking like a bee sting, yet soft as silk We are the forgotten I am watching the others grow rotten But I am cleansed and raw with glee Because…though blinded with slime…I SEE… I rise to the sound of the agonizing screams Of rapes, murders, of violent fists…weeping minds My definition of true finds… I smile when any possible hope arrives Fate laughs, knowing I constantly scream inside I am amused of it all…I can’t stop laughing As bitter tears began to fall I HATE ALL OF YOU… I WANT TO KILL YOU ALL… But I love that I can take anything From the nothing we have all been labeled The sick, the low…the mentally unstable Watch me roll up in a ball A naughty tease to death’s lull I love your silence… I love your intense fall And we are more alive than any of you We are crazed by your belligerence Aching to be emotionless SHARE YOUR INDIFFERENCE SHARE IT… Give us something to be left with So the others can die As Fate veers its head looking in the mirror Listen to her laughter—do you hear her? She watches and waits To find her maggots have grown wings… Screw your selfish indifference...we fall to fly We are more alive than any of you Though quickly we die

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  1. Date: 3/4/2013 8:55:00 AM
    very impressive work !!! like your write laura :) thanks for sharing <3 Sk

  1. Date: 3/1/2013 1:59:00 PM
    Tears have meaning - I respect your struggle - its mine too Laura - J.A.B. %

  1. Date: 2/28/2013 1:37:00 PM
    Laura, I echo all below, especially the powerful--this screams that

  1. Date: 2/28/2013 7:18:00 AM
    I was disturbed and mesmerized. This is a very powerful piece you have penned a true work of art.

  1. Date: 2/27/2013 10:25:00 AM
    Intense! How many times have I got to use that word? I liked it. Sometimes I want to scream too and sometimes I feel this way. My fear of God won't let me express myself. Afraid of what I'd lose.

  1. Date: 2/26/2013 11:49:00 AM
    "We fall to fly" - I absolutely love your writing style!

  1. Date: 2/26/2013 9:52:00 AM
    This might clean up a lot of bad actors if they could read it. Has that touch of violence that makes on sit up and take notice.

  1. Date: 2/26/2013 8:36:00 AM
    WOW! This is shows a lot of deep emotion and feelinge that come from very deep. Thanks for sharing this and for reading my poems. Lucilla

  1. Date: 2/26/2013 5:56:00 AM
    I love the intensity you brought with this...and the flow of it is magic.

  1. Date: 2/26/2013 12:07:00 AM
    Very nice! Very intense write! It gave me the feeling that poets feel... :o)

  1. Date: 2/25/2013 8:21:00 PM the expression,,, wow..this has to be the best poem I've read this year...yes yes..I know I told you that after reading other poems of yours that gripped me by the throat... but this one! THIS ONE!! shows raw and true emotions. living life through the maggots we stow and share. it is hard to feel emotionless. always loving your poetry~ PD

  1. Date: 2/25/2013 8:14:00 PM
    A descriptive write that chilled me even as I read it.