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Your Canvas

Thank you for my fresh black eye;
I won’t need eye shadow tonight.
It also compliments my broken nose;
I touch the white bandage and strike a pose -
Aren’t I beautiful when I’m in pain?
You must think so; you hit me again.
I’m not complaining; I love my split lip,
And the purple bruises on my thighs and hips.
And the cigarette scars on my arms, 
Are like little red tattooed hearts -

And my friends say you don’t care about me - 
Ha! Just look at my body. 
The colors 

are breathtaking...


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  1. Date: 10/16/2013 9:18:00 PM

    nice win...PD

  1. Date: 10/15/2013 10:09:00 PM

    BES.. :) Congratulations! --LOVE-- ~SKAT~

  1. Date: 3/28/2013 9:37:00 AM

    Susan, Powerful, frightening and painful! Congrats

  1. Date: 3/24/2013 6:47:00 AM

    A really dark poem, how sad to have a life like that. Very well written, Susan :) Congrats on the win!

  1. Date: 3/24/2013 4:50:00 AM

    Susan, strong message, effectively given. You paint pictures with your. Words, a true poet. Congrats on your win. Rick

  1. Date: 3/23/2013 8:21:00 PM

    Just love your style, Susan. It shines here!! Congrats on the win.

  1. Date: 3/23/2013 5:23:00 PM

    Susan, :-) Congratulations ~ Thanks for supporting my "descriptive poem" contest. Always yours truly* Linda

  1. Date: 10/12/2012 8:57:00 AM

    A difficult subject to tackle, but done with great skill!

  1. Date: 7/19/2012 10:51:00 AM

    Bringing the art into the light.Nice write,but I hate the thought of it...

  1. Date: 7/12/2012 9:38:00 AM

    Amazing!! Hope it's fiction :( Many Hugs for you..

  1. Date: 3/12/2012 10:11:00 AM

    Ow gee very powerful words here..Congrat.on your deserved win-Charma

  1. Date: 3/10/2012 12:37:00 PM

    A strong message, Susan. Congrats on your win! Love, Kim

  1. Date: 3/8/2012 7:57:00 PM

    you touched me with this piece. i want to say come home to me. but for that we have to know each other. congrads in the contest.

  1. Date: 3/8/2012 8:12:00 AM

    sad picture you've painted but very strong poem indeed Susan...congrats on your win.

  1. Date: 3/7/2012 9:22:00 PM

    congrats Susan on another exciting win for this electrifying write luv.. impressive the way u colored it with words ..

  1. Date: 3/7/2012 11:03:00 AM

    This is an excellent approach to do the contest.Love it.Congratulations on your win Susan.

  1. Date: 3/7/2012 10:59:00 AM

    Good afternoon and congratulations on your win in P.D.'s "3rd place wins Only" contest Susan. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/7/2012 10:35:00 AM

    Oooh, very dark humor, Susan, but you sure do make your point. There are too many women who hide these "colorful" scars and live in fear of their spouses or boyfriends. Truly an amazing poem! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 3/7/2012 10:11:00 AM

    SUSNA, ,,.Congratulations! THANK YOU FOR THE SUPPORTING ;-) my contest...much enjoyed your entry,~ always*PD

  1. Date: 3/7/2012 9:46:00 AM

    The funny thing is....that it was for your own contest!! I didnt check who was the sponsor! Silly Ruben! Have a nice day!

  1. Date: 3/6/2012 10:57:00 PM

    just stopping here tonight to see if you had a new one up or not. It's nice seeing this one again. Hope you have a great day tomorrow. LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 3/4/2012 8:26:00 PM

    Congrats on your win, Susan! Love, Kim

  1. Date: 3/4/2012 1:17:00 PM

    Congratulations on your win in Russell's "The Colors Have It" contest Susan. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/3/2012 6:41:00 AM

    Congratulations yet again on another smashing win xx

  1. Date: 3/2/2012 11:15:00 PM

    Congratulations, susan. I 'm glad you made the many of us in the top three!! I really enjoyed this one. I guess it is like some of your poems you have written about women being beat up. But it IS very different and focusing on the color of bruises, etc.

  1. Date: 3/2/2012 8:53:00 PM

    congrats Susan on a wonderfully creative write and win .. cleverly crafted..congrats to all who won in your contest too...

  1. Date: 3/2/2012 7:37:00 PM

    SUSAN... congratulations! WITH YOUR CONTEST WIN!! *Enjoyed stopping by to view may winners tonight!! Have yourself a very nice night ;-)*always..pd

  1. Date: 3/2/2012 5:42:00 PM

    Wow....I am swept away with the power of this one, Susan. Well done!!

  1. Date: 3/2/2012 10:27:00 AM

    gawwd, this is powerful and spellbinding, susan... abuse has no place in this world.. a memorable write.. winner for me.. thanks for appreciating my piece in your contest!..:) huggs

  1. Date: 3/2/2012 6:58:00 AM

    this is a new poem for me, NOT a repost. Maybe someone else wrote something similar? Enlighten me if you know :)