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Those thousand ships
you launched
still haunt this pier
where old men sip beer
from plastic cups,
wishing their pants
remembered yesteryear,
and I just watch the gulls
crash into the pilings.

You were no mermaid,
no Circe of my seven seas.
You just loved
the art of drowning -
watching strong men
go down for you,
your charms
a tempest in my bed.

Steal me, then -
this stench of bait
and phosporus that stiffens waves
and makes me
walk on water.
For your face
has become a vanishing act
and I need to remember
what keeps breathing
in these nets of yours.
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Loza-Muse Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
oh this is great,, I love the third stanza, its really short and great piece :)
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Professional Writer
Thanks! That is very nice of you.
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Hildetann Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Student Writer
the introduction is especially beautiful. Great job. ))
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athenaaqua Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I like it!
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mydeadflowers Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Student General Artist
Absolutely beautiful, as always.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Professional Writer
Thanks very much. I appreciate it!
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palleor Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
Wow! I love this one! Your writing is so vivid! I can see it all as I read!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Professional Writer
Thanks very much. Happy New Year to you!
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londonrey Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
I really like the last stanza. (:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Professional Writer
Thanks very much. I appreciate that.
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wildhype Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
love STINKS
but ur lovely poems are alright
;-)
j/k they're BRILLIANT
:headbang:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Professional Writer
*Laughs* Sounds like a line from a favorite song of mine (Love Stinks). Thanks!
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TheElenchus Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010   Writer
<3 This.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Professional Writer
Thanks very much - I appreciate it.
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TheElenchus Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010   Writer
No problem!
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AbschaumNo1 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!
I'll feature it in :iconpoetic-youth:'s blog today!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Professional Writer
Many thanks!
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:iconabschaumno1:
AbschaumNo1 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure =)
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AlecBell Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
Toying with Troy!

Steal me, then -
this stench of bait
and phosporus that stiffens waves
and makes me
walk on water.

Great lines :nod:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Professional Writer
Thanks! Another notorious, glorious woman.
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AlecBell Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
Your ability to re-image brings her back to haunt us again, Brendan!
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KarKarKar Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010   Photographer
Your poetry is amazing...
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Professional Writer
That is very nice of you to say - thanks.
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JBurns-On-DA Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
True poetry. Very excellent.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Professional Writer
Thanks very much - I appreciate it.
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Morphine-Cloud Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
Featured : [link]
Don’t forget to :+fav: it...
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Professional Writer
Many thanks!!
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pacifierboy Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
well written
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Professional Writer
Thanks! I appreciate that!
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spriggan-62 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
A Helen haunts many of us...you captured it well...
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Professional Writer
Thanks very much - I appreciate it.
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jimfleming Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
I must say I very much like the old men wishing their pants had memory! Lots of fun with innuendo :) Thanks for this.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Professional Writer
Thanks! A reference to what the elderly must still want at times...I am glad the image was caught.
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jimfleming Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
:)
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Gossamerwings36 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for sharing, your words are always enjoyable, and your tankard is never full.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional Writer
Thanks very much. I appreciate it!
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DameOdessaStock Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
Amazing :)
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional Writer
Thanks very much. I appreciate it!
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hikaritoyami Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
hmm, I'm not sure I've ever seen a person sip beer. beer is one of those things you like or you don't and people who like, drink it like life-water or honeyed milk.
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archelyxs Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
Wow...,mysterious enough to question me, challenging-
I'm in love with the way you write
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional Writer
Thanks very much. I appreciate it!
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Villenueve Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Enchanting poem and it portrays all the charms of the beauty of Helen!...Superb work my dearest Brendan!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional Writer
Thanks very much. I appreciate it!
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Whistle-and-Kiss Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
amazing once again
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Professional Writer
Many thanks. I do appreciate it!
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vampireknightfan Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Student Writer
Oh wow. That is so creepy but beautiful. Great job Brendan!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Professional Writer
Thanks! That seems to be my specialty!
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vampireknightfan Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Student Writer
I agree! :)+
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DRGMenor Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
Really Good
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional Writer
Thanks very much. I appreciate it!
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