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I thread a vein out through a scalpel notch;
and use it as a ribbon to present my heart to you.
I cough a little spare blood. I didn't need it.
I lick the copper from my silenced subterfuge mouth
and it reminds me of the prostitution of my soul
as I pour myself over other men's empty hands
in the dying hope that someone might hold on.
I smear my wrist against a digital canvas and cry;
I give it all to you freely, and nothing in return.
You smile. I break. You hear but you don't listen;
you just throw another single penny for my thoughts.
I still love you though. Just some nights I get sad that you put me center stage and applaud when I weep. The reborn Lady Lazarus.

Inspired by my 100 theme challenge prompt "penny for your thoughts". Here I used it with the context that in England a penny is not much value (just in case people didn't know that I thought it was important for the poem).

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chromeantennae Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This piece is rough, raw, but well-executed.
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
Thank you honey
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chromeantennae Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
My pleasure, lovely. <3
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Sithis666 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy.. wow. This affected me more then i thought it would. This is... relateable. I feel for you i truly do, and i am sorry you felt/feel this way.. although i did bring out a lovely poem. I love it <3
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
:tighthug: Thank you, so so much. :tighthug: 
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NearlyInvisibleMind Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing:clap:
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
:D Thanks!
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NearlyInvisibleMind Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You are very welcome:frail:
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Story-of-a-Mind Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:hug:
There you go holding the darkest mirror in front of us. And it's true partially. You banish your pain on paper and we speak about how great it is. But know this: every "this is wonderful" goes out there actually meaning "you are wonderful" too. You are wonderful and we are amazed by the inner beauty and dignity you still manage to carry though all that pain.
 
And know this as well: My most favourite of your poems so far is none about breaking, but the one about getting up again: fav.me/d5q4q2v
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
:tighthug: Thank you, thats so nice to hear. Sometimes I get upset. I know its stupid,
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