Mentality

I don't remember why I wrote this, but I remember that I wrote it when I worked in a bank cash vault on a pile of money. Prophetic?



cold wounded night

my delight

pierced by self evaluation

darkness blackens the hole

and pure personification

is all that I know


uncatered life

spills my pride

stalked by my imaginaion

blindness attacks my face

and cold intoxication

forces me brave






all rights reserved. Copyright Justin W. Price, 1998






Thanks for Reading.

A freelance writer, Honors student and Gover Prize finalist, Justin W. Price (aka, PDXKaraokeGuy) considers himself a poet first and foremost but is also a skilled short story, biographer and humor writer. His poetry collection, Digging to China, will be released February 2nd, 2013 by Sweatshoppe Publications and is currently available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and your local bookseller.

His work will also be featured in Best New Fiction (2014 edition), and has appeared previously in the Rusty Nail, eFiction, eFiction Humor, The Crisis Chronicles, The Hellroaring Review and the Bellwether Review. He currently serves as managing editor of eHorror Magazine and the Bridge online newspaper. He previously served as the poetry and correspondence editor for The Bellwether Review.

He works as a freelance writer, editor, and ghost writer, and is working towards his Ph.D. He lives in a suburb of Portland, Oregon with his wife, Andrea, and their labradoodle, Bella

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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

thanks so much for the kind words, Carlon. It's odd... i remember writing this, but I don't remember what i was thinking about or feeling when I did.


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Carlon Michelle 4 years ago from USA

I totally understand why it got published. It looks like you were just born with the talent for putting emotion into words and building a picture for feelings.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

thanks again, stess. I'm glad u enjoy this!


stessily 5 years ago

PDX, my sentiments exactly! That's why I noted the politeness of my mild descriptor "mystifying."

Quite a poem, "Mentality"! Just as great the second time around.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Stessily. What really matters on hubpages are the readers and the words you put on page anyway. I really think HUBSCORE is kind of arbitrary anyway. I've seen plenty of hubs that were really crappy and had high scores and vice versa.


stessily 5 years ago

PDX, so much in life forces us to be brave; so much is said in your last three words.

"Pure personification" and "blindness attacks my face" evoke the process in which we relate ourselves to others and back to ourselves again. Very well expressed.

By the way, I am impressed with your comment that you're not adding something just for the sake of raising your hub score. That's integrity. I know that it's hubpages.com's game here, but some of the things that happen here are mystifying, to put it mildly and politely.

Thanks for sharing!

Kind regards, Stessily


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks for saying so, Fennel. I appreciate your feedback!


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Fennelseed 5 years ago from Australia

You are right, PDX the ending is prefect, very sobering, very apt. A poem without gloss about unglazed self reflection. You are a very talented writer. My votes.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

cloud explorer, thank you. That's a good tip. I do that with most of my hubs, but I don't want to throw up media just to get a higher rating. if it's not relevant, it's not coming up! Thanks for stopping by!


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CloudExplorer 5 years ago from New York City

Nice poem PDX, just wanted to add that the rating system on hubpages will rank your overall score much higher if all your hubs have a higher social media ranking, meaning if your content contains imagery & or videos to keep users on longer.

I just learned about it yesterday & will be creating a hub dedicated to such a subject. Anyhow just wanted to help a bit, thanks for sharing such an awesome poetic hub. Voted up for interesting.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

audrey, thanks. I've changed a lot about this poem, but never the ending. the ending always seemed perfect to me.

Cat, thanks so much. Great compliment!

Tammy, thanks a lot.

Chris, I do, but there's also something raw and sweet about the old stuff because I wasn't pretentious or trying to emulate anyone or worrying about technique, i was just writing from the heart. For some reason, a decade or so ago, I threw away a bunch of my poems. I regret doing that, to this day

thank u all for the reads and the comments


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chrisam01 5 years ago from Los Angeles, California, USA

Thanks for sharing. Do you see the improvement in your writing? When I look back at my early stuff, I laugh at how terrible it is compared to newer work.


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tammyswallow 5 years ago from North Carolina

Eloquent as always. Me like.


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catspirit 5 years ago

As with all of your writings...Love it!


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AudreyHowitt 5 years ago from California

It is always hard to look at ourselves honestly--great work in this poem--I especially like the ending--


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

stars, thank u very much!


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Brilliant, and God Bless You, And Your Sweet Family.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

thanks Racin


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raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

wow...congratulations...


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Sunshine

Jami, it certainly can be, but it's how we deal with it that's most important. Dwell on the negative, or do something about it?


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

Very good PDX! :)


jami l. pereira 5 years ago

I voted up ,awesome and beautiful, its hell when we finally see who we really are , yet only on the outside looking in seemingly ... have a great evening:)


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Rai! Thanks for reading!


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Rai 18 5 years ago from US

Your good!

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