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Lizzie, my girl
put down that ax.
There is a hole
in the hem
of your mother's skirt
that needs mending
and your father
has enough to bear.

Go now, child -
sweep out the hearth
and the arms of family
who tie you
to this place
like bees,
wasted and spent
in June.

Wait then
for the letters
that never come
and the gossip of neighbors
to settle
in your eyes
like the dust
from days
where nothing happens
except stale and old.

See how
the sun is nearly setting
and dinner
has gone limp
in pots
on a cold stove
that cannot stand them
in this place
any longer.

And you know
your world
will turn tomorrow
and find them
all gone,
and the sounds they made
dreaming at the table
will beat
like the slow thud

of blood in your ears....
So, we are sitting at Thanksgiving dinner...for once not arguing politics or religion. And the topic segues from Tolstoy to Lizzie Borden. *Chuckles* My synapses are definitely genetic....
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Gamergirl4life Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You got all this from a thanksgiving dinner? This is a great piece of work!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Professional Writer
LOL - just the idea!! Family holidays have that effect on me.
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shufflng Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Student Writer
The mental gymnastics an intellectual athlete is as easily overlooked as running down the street is just part of the day for a marathon runner. Sometimes I get lost in it myself, having for more years than I can recall now collected bits and pieces from here and there; never with any intention of making sense of them but just for the sake of knowing. It's funny how eventually the circumference says as much about the person as the whole volume.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Professional Writer
I agree completely, my friend.
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crimsha Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
omg i just love reading everything you write!!! this is great!!!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional Writer
Thanks! I wanted a calm almost childlike quality for this one...
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Kelsendiperous Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Student Writer
This is awesome. Her house is near my town, you can stay the night there if you want, it's supposedly haunted.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional Writer
Oh, hell to the yes! I have been in a few...only felt something once. I have also been in places supposedly not haunted and felt incredible forces.
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Kelsendiperous Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Student Writer
Yes, my boyfriend's house isn't that old at all, but it is probably one of the most haunted places I've ever been in. If you ever want to read about some spooky stuff, look into the Bridgewater Triangle, there's some weird stuff going on there, like Native American curses and whatnot.
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ninquetari Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
Creepy, and definitely well written.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional Writer
Good - I wanted it to be creepy! Thanks!
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amazinglyashlynn13 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
this was rather awesome. well done :D
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Professional Writer
Thank you very much for taking time to comment!
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amazinglyashlynn13 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
welcome :3
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Sana-girl Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This is really good, it's beautifully written and I lve the last line :heart:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Professional Writer
Many thanks - I appreciate it very much!
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Sana-girl Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
any time ^u^

Even though im not presently watching you, I seem to like a lot of your stuff and comment on it frequently (i guess since theres always a thank you from you in my inbox:D) So im gonna make it easier to see your posts

+watch!!!
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Whispersareheard Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I really liked it.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Professional Writer
Many thanks - I appreciate it very much!
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tiajones Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
i really like this one.
beautiful.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional Writer
Thanks! She is part of my "Dangerous Jades" series...
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tiajones Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
you are welcome! i like it lots!
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Meggie272 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Lizzie Borden! I find her very very interesting and this a lovely well-written poem. The last line is perfect and quite chilling.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Professional Writer
She is fascinating. I am glad you like it - thanks!
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TheLunaLily Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Oh cheerful! Tolstoy and Lizzie Borden! :)

coincidentally, I am actually halfway through Anna Karenina. lol
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Professional Writer
*Laughs8 Yeah...I am sure Ted Bundy was next on the topic list, but I think someone changed the subject.
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TheLunaLily Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Do warn me ahead of time about that Bundy poem.
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callerofcrows Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Aaah, so amazing! Words seem to come to you as natural as breathing.

My great grandmother was going to be named Elizabeth, but her parents didn't want her to be a Lizzie since Lizzie Borden was still fresh in their minds! I wound up with that name instead! :D
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Professional Writer
Thanks! She is an interesting woman as far as psychology goes. i started a series of "dangerous jades_ - Lizzie Borden, Charlotte Corday, Lady Macbeth... I need to get back to it.
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callerofcrows Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
That sounds really intriguing! All of them had such a dark drive behind their actions, didn't they? Scary and fascinating.
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iliumleather Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
that is so freaking awesome.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Professional Writer
Thanks very much! I appreciate it.
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XxRoyalbloodxX Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic ;)
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Professional Writer
Thanks very much! I appreciate it.
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XxRoyalbloodxX Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem :) :squee:
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Linkcrazy-4ever Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
*cough*

I am distantly related to Lizzie Borden. Aren't I amazing~? :)
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Professional Writer
*Laughs* So...do you know what really happened?
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Linkcrazy-4ever Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
:XD: Nooo, cuz she's my distant cousin. A long time ago c:
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CrimzonRose Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011   Writer
I don't remember reading this piece, but I am happy that I found it now.
*smile* The whole story of Lizzie Borden has always tickled my fancy and this will be added to my collection.
I loved this piece. :D
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Professional Writer
Many thanks - I appreciate it very much.
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AnnamaeTezuka Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I liked this :)

I also noticed, you seem to have an affinity for June?
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Professional Writer
Thanks! yeah...certain months tend to crop up, especially summer...and December.
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HourglassOfLostTime Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010
well captured
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010  Professional Writer
Thanks. her story is an interesting one...
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HourglassOfLostTime Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010
agreed there 1_~
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DamagedHomewrecker Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
i find her story so interesting

i loveeee this piece's ending<3!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Professional Writer
Thanks very much! I appreciate it! She has always interested me.
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TornStitches Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009
this is great! you wrote a piece on Lizzie Borden & it's not cliche, banal or clueless. not that i expected that from the small amount of your work i've read. this is a really fantastic poetic work.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Professional Writer
Thanks. I have wanted to do it for ages!
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AlecBell Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
The name meant nothing to me until I visited Wiki.

your poem is a fascinating interpretation, Brendan.
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