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Do you ever stop to think about those
Old, old stories bound in myriad cantos?
The kind that are all in iambs and Latin
Or Italian – the language of a world in the grip
Of a renaissance that is seeping drip by drip
Into a darkened age, like so much lantern oil.

I do, but for purely selfish reasons –
I think of them as balm for lesions
That keep popping up in my mind.
Lesions, mind you, that are not literal –
They are but the inlets in the littoral
Region of my morbid thoughts.

When the inlets get flooded, I build leather
Boats to keep myself afloat. Whether
I construct them well is up to interpretation.
I cling to the old stories in cadent verse –
When I am particularly low I rehearse
Them aloud – as my mode of survival.

He never understood that, though –
He never really could, and no
Matter how I tried, it was no use.
He didn’t see that for me finishing
The rhyme kept me from diminishing
Into slow-burning insanity.

It hurts me more than him, too, for
The cliché is palpable, and what’s more
I can’t seem to shake this trend.
And I don’t mean to be so trite, devoid
Of anything new. It’s something I avoid
As best as I can. But I can’t here.

So I join the ranks of old neurotic artists –
Trying to be profound when at my smartest
I am but a poor imitation.
But I have to finish – always finish the rhyme.
Even if I end tritely half of the time,
The show must go on.
Pretense and neurosis: Art in a nutshell.

Edit: Holy crap, this got a DD. :O I am flattered by the views and (thus far) positive feedback. Thank you all.
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Given 2014-08-07
The Son, the Father, and Whatever is Holy by The-Ditch-Digger investigates multiple types of rhyme and justifies their use inside a poem that almost analyzes itself; the suggester is right in saying "it's a great piece by a good new artist" ( Suggested by Nicholas-Landon and Featured by ShadowedAcolyte )
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AlvorReal Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014
This was beautiful. Thank you.
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carmencaracol Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I like this, but I'm not sure about the title. I don't see how it relates to the poem? Sorry :( Can someone please explain?
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The-Ditch-Digger Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Student Writer
The title came from my original idea for what the poem was about, i.e. an artistic son struggling with persisting with the lifestyle despite the fact that those close to him (here represented by his father) don't understand or support it. As for the holy part: a) it's a play on the trinity with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and b) the creation process is a sacred thing that gives the persona life.

I should add the disclaimer that this is just my own interpretation. If you find an interpretation that works better for your own understanding of the poem, by all means use it. The word of the author is but one; the voices of the readers many.
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carmencaracol Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Ah, Ok.. Yeah, I was expecting a Christian hint within the poem due to the title. I can see it now with the allegory, it's a bit hard to discern but thank you for the clear-up :)
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Aochiro Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Student
This, in my opinion, is poetry at its best.
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nightshade-keyblade Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
"So I join the ranks of old neurotic artists –
Trying to be profound when at my smartest
I am but a poor imitation.
But I have to finish – always finish the rhyme.
Even if I end tritely half of the time,
The show must go on"

Oh, man, oh, man, can I relate.
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Aaron-Jay Featured By Owner Edited Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
AMAZING!!!! This is like the first poem I have ever seen on the DD list. I am proud that a fellow poet finally broke down that barrier. :D:D:squee:
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ShadowedAcolyte Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
Not to distract the conversation from the amazing poem up there, but we feature poetry quite regularly (usually a piece or two pieces every day). For example, shadowedacolyte.deviantart.com… is mostly poetry.
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Aaron-Jay Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I had no clue :O But still, this piece deserves to be recognized. Sadly, a lot of poetry goes unnoticed and it makes me happy knowing this amazing piece got it's rightful recognition.
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PeenZ Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow this is really breath-taking great job  
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AgonizingSwordfish Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on the DD! w00t! 
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BleedingProphecies Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
A wonderful piece! Congratulations on the DD! :D 
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
I’m very happy for you!!! :iconloveloveplz: :tighthug:
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Golduck118 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
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AyeAye12 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Student Writer
Really clever, congrats on the DD :clap:
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Dragondud Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
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BlueStanza Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'm going to take a wild stab in the dark and guess that you love T.S. Eliot? ;) Really though, I appreciate the cleverness of this piece .
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The-Ditch-Digger Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Student Writer
See, I figured that everyone loves Eliot. =D But yes, the Lost Generation as a whole is a huge influence. And thank you for the compliment.
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BlueStanza Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You know, I studied him and loved his work, but about 90% of my peers couldn't stand him.  I think it was the arrogance thing.  People judge writers by their lives and personalities far too much.  Why can't we all just enjoy the art? And, you're welcome on the compliment.
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The-Ditch-Digger Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Student Writer
That sounds about right About 90% of my college classes hated him too. But thing is that I never cared about the arrogance. I actually found it kinda amusing and justified in a way, considering his position within the poetry pantheon. Seriously, the guy basically started the New Critics Era. But I understand the hate, even if I don't agree. And you gave the obvious response to the hate: if you don't like his extracurricular life, just read his art for the art's sake. It worked for the Beats.
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BlueStanza Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
*dramatic sigh* If only people were as clever as us. XD
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theshrillcriesoflife Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Student General Artist
I sure think this isn't a self-demonstrating piece though.
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The-Ditch-Digger Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Student Writer
Well I appreciate that. =D
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theshrillcriesoflife Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Student General Artist
;)
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