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Our Camera-Selves

Everywhere I turn, CCTV watches me, and judges endlessly. I never can escape from scrutiny of what I do and who I ought to be. See, every cold, relentless lens is me. My viewpoint’s on the outside, looking in, Surveilling grimly from beyond my skin, The replay loops; the inquest can begin. I’m such a scathing critic; I can’t win. And whenever I internally debate, On what i should do next, I hesitate... I hear a whirr. My cameras activate. Why do I watch, my harsh gaze never blinking? Second guessing what the world is thinking? Why can’t I just be happy IN my head? I think I know what other people see, I’m wrong. They’re busy focussing within, Zooming in on all the things THEY hate about themselves. Trapped in the lens, and sinking. Let’s turn our camera-selves off. Cut them dead. And be the selves that simply live instead. 19th February 2018 For “Minuanetta” contest Sponsored by Gregory R Barden Form: AAAAA BBBB CCC DD E ABCDE E Placed 2nd

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Date: 4/30/2018 1:48:00 AM
Congratulations, Nina on your excellent win.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 4/30/2018 12:56:00 PM
Thanks so much Subimal!
Date: 4/29/2018 3:28:00 PM
I love your 'outside the box' theme, Nina! Very well done, and congratulations on your well-deserved podium win. Hugs, Sandra
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 4/29/2018 4:03:00 PM
Thank you Sandra, and congratulations on your first place, yours was FABULOUS. ;-)
Date: 4/29/2018 1:17:00 PM
This was SO unusual and imaginative, Nina, (of course I expect that from you), and you wrote with a command that was as if you'd been writing this form your whole life! Absolutely beautiful, with so much substance and depth! Congratulations on your placement, and thank you for entering my contest! :-)
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 4/29/2018 4:01:00 PM
Well thank you very much Greg for the generous comment and the interesting a challenging contest! Delighted with my place :-)
Date: 4/29/2018 8:31:00 AM
Congratulations on your win. Timely and also profound in the sense of a deeper introspective view going on. Enjoyed this and can relate.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 4/29/2018 3:58:00 PM
Thank you very much Susan! We spend far too much time worrying about what we look like to the rest of the world don’t we! All the best to you :-)
Date: 4/29/2018 7:53:00 AM
A delightful take on the challenge. Well done and congrats on your well deserved win, Nina.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 4/29/2018 3:53:00 PM
Thank you Line :-)
Date: 4/29/2018 12:33:00 AM
Congratulations, Nina on your with a beautifully rhymed and flowing poem.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 4/29/2018 3:53:00 PM
Thank you very much Subimal :-)
Date: 2/19/2018 10:35:00 PM
You know they never have bothered me. Yet, and I'm not casting aspersions, some folk get paranoid over them. There, there on the lookout for wrongdoers, and since they been active they have caught thousands. Had me little rant, sorry. Your poem flowed brilliantly! Best wishes... Mick
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/22/2018 2:48:00 AM
Thank you Mick!
Date: 2/19/2018 4:34:00 PM
We are always under scrutiny out there nina i hate my pic being taken but dont give a monkeys what folks may or may not be thinking i just smile and get on:-) hugs Jan xx
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/19/2018 4:54:00 PM
This one’s written from the point of view of me a few years ago. People told me “when you hit 40, you stop caring what people think!” Well, I hit 40 and I still cared! Most disappointed!! Then I hit 41 and wham! Don’t care. Awesome.
Date: 2/19/2018 1:25:00 PM
Great rhyme Nina, CCTV has its advantages but big brother is watching, some TVs can be hacked and people snooped on in their own homes,frightening. Good luck in the contest Tom
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Date: 2/19/2018 12:48:00 PM
Powerful message, Nina. Well crafted.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/22/2018 2:48:00 AM
Thank you Line!