An autobiography about living in LA.

I have a weakness for love poems,
For art,
Especially when it belongs to you.

I have a hard time writing poems without the word “I”.
I guess that makes me a narcissist,
Or just lonely.

I need to impress you,
Its something that always burns deep inside me,
I think of ways to inspire you,
And mesmerize you.
Now I guess I'm borderline pathetic.
But I've been walking that line for years.
You're not the first or the last to inspire that from me.

I need to read books that make me sad,
Because that’s how I remember how to be happy.
I know that sounds strange,
But you’ve never read Angela’s Ashes.

I used to be inspired by flowers,
And the harsh glare of neon lights in LA,
But now I'm jaded,
And I take those lights and flowers for granted.

I used to love the sunrise,
And rainbows, and colors named after foods.

I used to love boys,
And manicures and booze.
Until you showed me men and cocaine.
Men don’t care about manicures.
Men care about legs, and flat stomachs, and constant smiles.

So I gave up men and cocaine.
And I love boys and manicures again,
The cocaine never wrote me poetry.
Then again, neither did the boys.

This is my autobiography.

Submitted: July 02, 2009

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daisy lane

I cant say anything but "wow". it was so soft when it needed to be and harsh when necessary... amazing!

Sat, July 4th, 2009 10:16am



Sat, July 4th, 2009 3:17am


It somehow made me laugh. Thanks

Sat, July 4th, 2009 8:50pm


it is lighthearted, a lot of people dont think so. im glad you see my pov!

Sun, July 5th, 2009 2:39am

Adeline Meyer

it's very pretty. I love how it has absolutely no structure and that makes it better. Thanks for letting us get a glimpse of your life

Mon, July 6th, 2009 10:00pm


i love the lack of structure also! thanks for the kind words =)

Mon, July 6th, 2009 3:25pm

Jasons Secret

This is well written in my opinion. It seems the more i read the more i see that most people are like me in a lot of ways and i enjoyed the read... btw i dont care about legs or a smile, but ill take some of that cocaine and write u the best poem u ever heard =) lol prolly not, but i enjoyed it

Thu, July 9th, 2009 7:04pm


lol glad you enjoyed it =)

Fri, July 10th, 2009 4:01am



Tue, July 14th, 2009 3:59am


thanks =)

Tue, July 14th, 2009 12:11pm


this is really pretty.

Thu, November 19th, 2009 4:46pm


thank you!

Thu, November 19th, 2009 10:52am

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