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The Staring Contest

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The Staring Contest

I stop and stare - the moment skips.
My pupils flare, my stomach flips. 
I'm anchored there by roots of nerves, 
My legs impaired, my feelings stirred.
I gulp for air - my lungs won't fill.
My heart despairs; my pulse is shrill.
You're unaware of my dazed eyes,
That I'm ensnared, emotions tied.   
I'm unprepared for you to raise
Your stony glare to meet my gaze.
Though anguish blares, my eyes are glued -
I cannot tear my thoughts from you.
With shoulders squared, my eyes won't stray.
A silent dare - don't look away.
Why can't you spare this heart of mine?
It won't repair, won't realign.
It's so unfair! - Your face suffused 
Behind this pair of baby blues.

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  1. Date: 3/15/2013 10:32:00 AM
    I'm really in the moment here. Perfect in its own unique way. ~Okay, I am finally getting back to you about playing the violin. I've been at it for two years now, teaching myself. Since I already knew how to read music, I decided to buy a cheap one and see if I liked it. I have since upgraded and am planning to get an even better one now that my music has progressed. I just got a viola last week, which is bigger and deeper tone than a violin.

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    Date: 3/15/2013 10:35:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I meet so many people that wish they had kept practicing the instrument they learned in high school that I encourage everyone that has the time to take up music. You never know what talent you may have unless you try.
  1. Date: 2/28/2013 1:59:00 PM
    Another hit! I really like your flow...in all your poems...feels natural to me.

  1. Date: 11/30/2012 9:23:00 AM
    Staring is well written. You trapped me to the end. Good show. And thanks for saying my Autumn Daunting Goes is pleasing. I re-read it and find that I could smooth it out somewhat.

  1. Date: 11/18/2012 9:20:00 PM
    So nice!

  1. Date: 11/16/2012 11:30:00 PM
    What an interesting theme!! I love your style, girl!! Cute poem.