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sometimes I think I’m just a mess of badly drawn lines. I’m just scrawled veins beneath paper rough skin, I wear poorly sketched scars on my thighs [skin deep red pen lines] and even my smile is lop-sided- but he never seemed to notice.
    
my skin [spread like thick icing over my skeleton] is a monotonous pattern of pores, a stretch of the world the sun never kissed. I can’t see the beauty in multitudes of freckles and chipped fingernails- but he does.

‘why do you love me?’

‘you make me happy.’

I never could figure out just how. was it my illegible love notes, or the tiny hearts I drew into his bare back with my fingertips? was it the filth on my knees or the way I named every bowing flower in my garden? maybe it was the way I sewed the stars to the navy sky and told him in a little, little voice-that  I loved him.

either way he made my heart skip beats and bumps and bangs and he made me feel beautiful, a little thing I am most certainly not.

‘you are beautiful.’

oh he was such a lovely liar. he would lie about pretty things like my long eyelashes and my sugary breath in his ear and he would lie about loving me. pretty boys don’t love ugly girls, no no, never, not even on the television.

so I’d just cry into his shoulder and inhale him like he was a sample of expensive, designer perfume. one day he saw my eyes overflowing and all he could say was
‘oh, you look so pretty when you cry.’

I’m not pretty, I’m not pretty, I’m not pretty.

I waited for goodbye, I waited for it like you wait for nighttime to come and steal away the daylight, I thought it wouldn’t hurt.

then it did.

it was a pneumonic hurt, that lived in my lungs and hid my breathing under sobbing and loud lyrics. it was a hurt that began in my toes and shattered three ribs to get to breaking my heart. it was a hurt that screamed in my ears:

pretty boys break hearts.

i carved it in my leg- just so i wouldn't forget.
every piece of prose i write, has a piece of me embedded in it.
i dated a pretty boy once.

yes, pretty boys break hearts
and they are the worst kind
because they've had so much practice.

this isn't very special at all- but i guess some of yous wanted some more words as opposed to pixels from me.

but maybe that popular writing piece was a one off?


-i have an obsession with fingertips, self affliction, ribs, freckles and pale skin- don't ask me, haha.
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Joaners Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautifully written! :)
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R4gn0r0kWins Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's really emotional.... and I can kinda relate to it.
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DaedorGildor Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a very emotive poem. Great job.
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zuryfury3 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014   Traditional Artist
So beautiful. No words.
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i-love-daisy Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
this is an amazing and heartfelt poem, i know how you fell but not the same why (i haven't had a boyfriend yet)
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WhoLovesLou Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like
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archivopep Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I had tried everything because of this im always one step ahead ive finally reached the top keep this between us
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theMonsteroftheStory Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing, amazing, wow. I Love it, I'd like to read a book of it, watch it performed. The story in your words is not only true, & harsh, honest, & understandable; it's got that *Thing*, that difference that makes something stick with you, makes you remember it.
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LeVeuveNoire Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
How lovely...but sad :(
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girl432 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
this is a beautiful poem i have a thing for pretty boys too. but i never dated a pretty boy before i'm scared that they might not like me back or i'm not good enough for them. but this poem speaks for anyone who feels this way.
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Vanessahawke15 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Writer
I love it! Very deep, and I love the last line.
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SGTCbrittanySGTC Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student General Artist
i love it. this is how i feel right now. >.<
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SLant22 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student General Artist
I love it. :)
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MissBonnieLynne Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Simply Amazing!
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MissxPsycho Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Fantastic. ^^
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Yuki-Kyroche Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I read this a long while ago.
And while going through my favorites, I read it again.

It made my heart hurt again and I felt a familiar bittersweet sorrow again.

This is one of the few things I've found that I could read for hours. I can relate to it and I really do thank you.

It's an amazing piece with vivid imagery.
I just wanted to say thank you for writing this and sharing it.
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xxxholicgrrl Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
This is beautiful, thank you for sharing.
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missRexy Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is really beautiful, really personal and touching. And yes, it is true, pretty boys are bad news. I once met one. The conversation went like this:

"Hey, I don't think I've seen you around before. You must be new."
"Oh, hello, I am new, and my name is James."
"Nice to meet you."
"Oh, it is, isn't it?"

I cracked myself laughing the minute I escaped around the corner.
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cutesketchartist Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
well this is sad... usually peoples wrtings dont get to me but this actualy got to me for a second there... thats saying something...
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MidgetR Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
Beautifully written, with excellent imagery. I really felt the emotion as I read it.
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OnlyAirshipCapn Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pretty boys do, but no matter how hard one tries, one can simply not stay away.
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meagsXD Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm dating a pretty boy and I am in the same place.
And it does hurt. Like Hell.
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loverdearestt Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Student General Artist
I felt the same, waiting and waiting for the very moment he broke up. I even stood up at night imagining it...and just the very Thought of it felt like a knife to my heart.
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xMuffinGurlx Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
oh god... this was such beautiful prose. The flow of your language... Perfect.
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lilwhitewolfluna Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
true so true
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MissMarissa1998 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
This was awesome.It's well written and it dragged me in with every word.
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MoniqueDolphin Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Student Photographer
LOVED IT :)
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beyondthemanifesto Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Student Photographer
"a stretch of the world the sun never kissed" one of the most beautiful lines I've ever heard...
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EbonyRain34 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Student General Artist
That is amazing... I think I speak for many girls saying that it is a story that many of us share
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Arabellaten Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Ahh..but so do pretty girls, even those with the best intentions.
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candysorbai Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
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is this you or do we have some plagiarism on our hands?
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candysorbai Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
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another
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numblove45 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist
im always scared that my incredibly handsome bf is gunna leave me, i have the same problems as those ones
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LovinglyInsane Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It's not just pretty boy, but pretty girls too- we can be just as guilty. Of course, I'm not pretty at all, and I keep breaking hearts and getting mine broken.

Maybe it's just a human nature thing?
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snowflower-princess Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i agree with this. *nods*
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SapphiraTheMongoose Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
Ugly ones do too.
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Pretty boys and pretty lies will be the death of us.
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lovlyninja39 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Student Writer
its true pretty boys break hearts. just like mine :cry:
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alexxsnailface Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep...my heart was shredded into pieces yesterday, once again. By a what? A pretty boy.
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Chels1991 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
I really liked this.(:
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harleykitten342 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Hobbyist
i love itt!! it so sad and sincere...
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Black-White-Angell Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011
it is so true <3 im a bit like that... waiting for him to say bye, th pain to set in, my heart breaking.

i loved every word, its so true to some girls <3
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Sugarskulli Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great!!! it's so melancholy and sad and.... TRUE. I love this.
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