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I remember the day
you told me violins
were strung with cat gut
and that is why
you hated music
(who says that to a child?)
I followed you
all that summer.
I watched you
grow away from mother -
your whiskey held better conversations
and all she did was cry.
We'd sit cross-legged on the porch
and count the horseflies
settling on our lunch.
You would drown tadpoles
in a bucket
surprised they could not swim
and I would dream
of cherry popsicles.
And when night would gather
on the sidewalk
I'd hold my breath
until a star appeared.
Don't bother making wishes
you'd tell me -
stars are dead weight in heaven

and God has cloth ears.
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Given 2014-07-30
Violin by Scarlettletters delves into family memories that are "dark and extremely striking" (suggester's words), each painted with fresh and evocative language ( Suggested by chromeantennae and Featured by ShadowedAcolyte )
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AmethystVixen Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Student Writer
I read this a few months ago, and didn't fave it.
Now, I've been looking everywhere for it, and all I could remember
were the lines "you told me violins/were strung with cat gut".
And I have finally found it! :iconlazycryplz:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Professional Writer
Thanks! I was not sure about that line!
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AmethystVixen Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Student Writer
To me, it was the most memorable one! ;)
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ricky4 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
Lovely one! :clap:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Professional Writer
I am very glad you like it - thanks!
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ricky4 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
Most welcome my friend! :D
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artbyfieldsofsage Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My first thought: If I were to meet you I would buy you all the cherry popsicles you could possibly eat.  Congrats on the DD!Hug 
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Professional Writer
*Laughs* That is very nice of you. Thanks!
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artbyfieldsofsage Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are so very welcome:)
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HippieHebe Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Congratulations on the DD, dear! Beauitful and dark poignancy :heart:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Professional Writer
Thanks very much!
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Liettore Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Professional Writer
Thanks very much!
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deluxxy Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
I think just the way you expertly strung it all together was very wonderful. Congrats on the DD!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Professional Writer
Thanks very much!
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deluxxy Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
No problem at all mate! :)
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thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014   Writer
Engaging narrative scenes are the perfect backdrop for those last two killer lines. Congrats on the feature, Brendan!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Professional Writer
Many thanks, my friend!
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AgonizingSwordfish Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Congratulations on the DD! :)
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Professional Writer
Thanks very much!
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AgonizingSwordfish Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure :meow:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Professional Writer
Thanks very much!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Professional Writer
Thanks very much!
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pomohippie7 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014   Writer
Congratulations on your DD, Brendan!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Professional Writer
Thanks very much! I was pretty surprised.
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pomohippie7 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014   Writer
You're quite welcome. :) It's a lovely piece.
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lacialuvsyou2000 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Ruko Staring Icon whoa...
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Professional Writer
Thanks.
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YeliMoon Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Why does this remind me of my life?
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Professional Writer
I think many can identify. We all know at least one.
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meiyue Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Student General Artist
Congratulations on the DD! :love: 

Have a nice day :iconlainloveplz:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Professional Writer
Thanks very much!
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meiyue Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Student General Artist
Welcome :love:
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DIEmoviestars Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
breathtaking. I love it.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Professional Writer
Thanks very much!
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InsomniaSquared Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
why am i crying. 
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Professional Writer
Sorry if it depressed you.
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InsomniaSquared Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No no! There is nothing to be sorry about! It was absolutely beautiful.
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denlm Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
Congrats on the DD!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Professional Writer
Thanks very much!
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BleedingProphecies Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
So happy to see you with a DD! Well done, good sir! c: 
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Professional Writer
Thanks very much!
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TinyandHuge Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Professional Writer
Thanks very much!
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Bark Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Professional Writer
Congratulations on the DD!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Professional Writer
Thanks very much!
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LeftUnfinished Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I read this awhile ago and KNEW it was going to get a DD one day. Lovely work. :heart:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Professional Writer
Thanks very much!
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