February 2, 2023

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Thank you, Chelsea

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Thank You, Chelsea

 

You’re unusual, Chelsea.  I’d be surprised
If no one has said that to you.  It’s not that
Your hair’s oddly colored.  It isn’t, nor do you
Appear to have any tattoos.  Neither of those
Is eccentric these days, as every babe from
The suburbs sports both in her futile attempt
To prove she’s not the same as the other gum
Poppers at large in the mall.  No; it’s
More that you’d rather spelunk than go
Shopping.  You speak in a whisper
Of things which aren’t there, or, at least,
Can’t be seen by the others around you.
You frighten the dogs which pass you
In the park.  You’re a beacon of strangeness
In this dreary landscape of look-alike
Houses, and chain stores, and people
Of means, all nonentities, despite
Died hair and tattoos.

 

© Lawrence Beck 2022

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Thank you, Chelsea

  1. I loved the spelunk reference, and I’m still weighing, whether it is actual cave exploring, or life exploring; either way a delightful poem Lawrence.

  2. I’m still wondering who Chelsea is. Is she simply a street child? or a charity worker or social activist? But you have proven that she is more than just her appearance.
    “You’re a beacon of strangeness
    In this dreary landscape of look-alike
    Houses, and chain stores, and people
    Of means, all nonentities, despite
    Died hair and tattoos.”
    So, I guess she might be an absolutely incredible child who inspires the society or a young change-maker..If not she might be just a little cute street child who charms and brings smiles to the faces passing by her. I’m still thinking about her.

  3. Your poem is very thought-provoking, I see that you have highlighted the idea of individuality(if I am not wrong) and the way it can set someone apart from the mainstream. I find Chelsea to be a unique character and o course different as dogs are getting frightened and all. I find her to be powerful in that she is able to walk with her own aura, showing strength. A very thoughtful and clever writing Lawrence.

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