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Your 'friend'? Your 'bestie' ...

You KNOW her face like your own,
Know the many masks she wears -
The lovely guises she dresses in to seduce,
And the lies she whispers, sweet.

You know the world she has left in ruin,
Yet you invite her as you would a wish ...
Come in, you say ... welcome!
Let me tend your horrors,

Make me and mine your home ...
I want you to curse my comforts -
To kiss me, deep, and make it burn,
Mind my manias and melt my marrow ...

Course my veins like lifeblood ...
I want you to raze the ramparts of my castle,
Bring the walls down around me,
Rattle my lungs with death's consumption,

And dance in my skin like a scarecrow.
Oh, and if you please ...
If you pretty, pretty please ...
I will, quite sincerely ...

THANK you for it.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2019

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Date: 8/20/2019 9:09:00 PM
A little sadistic no? Some can't enough of torturous relationships, me...I run the other way, once is definitely enough for this cat. Enjoyed as always G, stands for great!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/22/2019 2:17:00 AM
I like your interpretation better, John, way more romantic, (and less demeaning) ... I've come to terms with it all and am no longer ashamed, (though certainly not proud of it). It is a type of insanity for sure - to knowingly put deadly amounts of poison into your body for years on end, (especially being a pharmacist), and lose everything in the process - but I also believe everything's for a positive purpose, and I'm still here for some reason ... maybe just to share it in poetry, and reach someone going through the same, I dunno. I have certainly grown through the process ... quite painfully. Blessings, Brother. :o)
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John Hamilton
Date: 8/21/2019 9:12:00 AM
I get it now with your explanation, I guess the picture threw me off, no matter what this is a great write. I suppose one could invite drugs into their life knowing it will lead them to addiction, but the lure is too strong.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/21/2019 5:03:00 AM
Thank you very much, John, as always you are much too kind, but so appreciated! This is actually about substance abuse, though it could easily be a relationship or many other things in life that we are sometimes subservient to, (politics, money, food, even religion) ... as is with most imagery, it is whatever you interpret it as, and THAT'S the really cool thing about creativity and art! Blessings, my friend! :o)
Date: 8/20/2019 9:28:00 AM
Ha! Spot on. We’ve all had times I think when we’ve invited our own ruin. Must be something deeply ingrained in human nature. Thanks human nature! Ps you probably meant “course my veins” not “course me veins” - unless this is a cockney lamentation Guv?
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/22/2019 2:11:00 AM
(And I know I was being PI just by saying I'm fed up with PI ... a little vent not so well disguised. And I'm really not conservative ... I stay pretty middle, though I lean both ways at times ... ALWAYS the way of love and tolerance, my only politics/religion). Can you imagine you and me having a chin wag over a pint?? Oh, lawd, what a crease up!! We are WAY too alike for anyone's good, lol. ;o)
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/22/2019 1:56:00 AM
Ha! Sithifrican!! I typed it like that to text to my oldest daugtter - perfecto, eh Bru? And yes, apologies, though I sincerely "do" accents out of admiration, envy and respect, as American accents, even the BEST ones, (N'awlens Cay-zhawn, for me), are downratt BOW-REEN!! I ADORE almost all foreign accents, and when spoken by women, just the sexiest thing evvah! (After mouth, eyes, nape, bare back, etc.) ... oh, no, now I'm waxing erotic ... time for a write, lol. ;o)
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 8/21/2019 12:36:00 PM
The thing with poetry is the punctuation is up to the poet - no hard and fast rules. In this one, I would personally omit the speech marks. I believe thy weren’t there when I read it first? And it made perfect sense. They are a little intrusive I think. I have been having this issue with reported thought in a novel. You can do it with or without speech marks. I left them out But then I had to write something like - My God! she thought, she’s one of us! What do you do after the first exclamation mark? Agh!
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 8/21/2019 12:28:00 PM
Oh great tip for doing a Sithifrican accent. You just say “Wat brid, brarn brid” (slightly rolling all the ‘r’s and clipping ALL the other sounds) and then you’re away. Huge apologies to any Sithifricans reading this!!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/20/2019 12:46:00 PM
You know, I used to just assume that Cyril and Rex Harrison were both, uh ... "light in the loafers", but they were both shameless womanizers - go figure! Just cuz a guy kisses a seal doesn't mean he's short on testosterone! (Forgive me if that's politically incorrect ... I'm a bit fed up with the PI movement, lol).
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/20/2019 12:43:00 PM
(2) Oh, I DO so like the cockney inference, though, eh, me babber?? It has always been my favorite accent to "do" since I first saw Anthony Newly and Cyril Richard in "Roar of the Greasepaint" ... just a wee lad of about three, I was, Guv'nah!! I've been working on South African lately, which is like a cross between Australian, Indian, and Down East, lol. The odd things that occupy my mind, lol. ;o) <3 - By the way, thanks for the new nose! :oD
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/20/2019 12:41:00 PM
Indeed, I believe you're correct, Nina, (about it being human nature), and I think creativity originates in the same rather crazy place! Yes, I DID mean that, and actually caught it myself this time before I read your comment, (as I was still working on it - I'm trying to research how to use quotation marks in poetry, but the internet seems to only provide "how to quote poetry in an essay", though I have phrased it otherwise a dozen times, (perhaps you know? Or I'll ask Craig - my editor!), which helps me ... NOT!