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The Illusion Of Smooth

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By Kelli Sheckler-AmsdenPublished 4 months ago Updated 4 months ago 1 min read
The Illusion Of Smooth
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Puddles of glass

Mirror like,

Line my driveway


Deeply, dappled

Like connect the dots

I sway and I swerve

Trying to avoid them

Petals plucked out

From forget me nots

He loves me

And then, he doesn’t

Love has proven

I’m so far removed

My jagged lines

Mistakes finely


Displayed boldly

On my skin


I’ve never been


I wear my flaws


some badge

of honor

Can’t beat them

Join them

Is my battle cry

Every time

I press down

My edges

I bury me

A little

Deeper inside

Polished I’m not

So I mimic

The motion

Eye of the


I lovingly


A version of velvet

With patches

Bare naked


Mangled and mangy

By the constant


To fit in the mold

I put on my boots

Time that I

Face the



Not around

Them I

Tirelessly tread

Unscathed is the goal

The path I’m


Practice makes


Till I’m

Perfectly smooth

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Kelli Sheckler-Amsden

Telling stories my heart needs to tell <3 life is a journey, not a competition

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  • Mark Graham4 months ago

    What a way to describe oneself.

  • Babs Iverson4 months ago

    Smooth and motivational!!! Loving it!!!💕❤️❤️

  • Grz Colm4 months ago

    Thoughtful and heartfelt poem Kelli. Great work! 😊👏

  • Leslie Writes4 months ago

    Moving piece. I love your way with words.

  • Never bury yourself. Your flaws/potholes are part of the perfection for which we love you, my friend.

  • Nice

  • Mother Combs4 months ago

    Love this

  • Andrew C McDonald4 months ago

    Wow! This is fantastic. I take my hat off to you Kelli. Surreal and realistic…, powerful work. 🥰 Love it.

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