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Pirate Failure: A Poem

Updated on October 20, 2011
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Get out your map cause X might mark the spots,
but maybe it marks where you already blindly dove,
Where broken dreams lie at the ocean bottom filled with rocks,
And happy endings can't be found in an empty treasure trove.

I've begun to realize that Xs are there for a reason,
To cross out the wrong locations,
And to remind you of betrayal, heartache, and treason,
All that wasted time, energy, and anticipations.

And to think that the pain of loss used to overwhelm me,
Thought I'd never find that treasure, though I've still yet to start,
But every X lets me know I'm one notch closer to see,
The mist of the seas will clear, and I will finally find the treasure of my heart.


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    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Ok; thanks!

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      7 years ago

      Just type in 'pmiles' in the search box, top right, and it should come up. Blessings.

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Yes, I'll have to find it.

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      7 years ago

      You would probably be really interested, anyway. Blessings.

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      No, I missed it. I might check it out later. :)

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      7 years ago

      PS: did you see 'pmiles' recent hub on ear stretching, BTW?

    • profile image

      7 years ago

      (smile)

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks!

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      7 years ago

      Enjoy them! :)

      Blessings.

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Yes, that's the plan. :)

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      7 years ago

      I guess you'll be sticking to 2g for the foreseeable future, though :).

      Blessings.

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      ubanichijioke: Thank you for your encouraging words!

      f: Yes, sir. :)

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      7 years ago

      Yes from what you've said before, I thought you'd be interested in the plugs selections that parlors often have. Blessings.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      7 years ago from Lagos

      You surely will find the treasure of your heart. Just exercise patience. Great poem

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      They didn't get their tattoos here, so they probably don't know if our town has one or not. Yes, I might be interested in their plugs, but I doubt they have parlors here.

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      7 years ago

      Well, your brothers would soon tell you where the nearest one is, I'm sure. Of course, it's not at all imminent that you yourself would go under the needle as your brothers have done, although from the design aesthetics perspective you would be likely to find the local parlor immensely absorbing. (It probably has a selection of the gauges that you like.) Blessings.

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Lol I'm not even sure if we have one in this small city. I only went with my former roommate, because she was interested in tattoos/getting one.

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      7 years ago

      Yes, well, with your attraction and deep interest in art forms, it was quite natural that you went to the parlors in the city where you lived before, wasn't it. And it would be quite natural for you to check out the local parlor(s) where you live now, for the very wide design resources that parlors possess, for example. Often parlors have a website; maybe your local one does too? Blessings.

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      I used to live in a bigger city and I went to about two different parlors when i lived there.

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      7 years ago

      Yes, well, I do think you've already started to empathize with just how aesthetically intense the potentials of tattoo creativity are, combined with faith related designs). (You've already been around a number of parlors where you live, haven't you?) Blessings.

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      I'm attracted to most forms of art, so you could be right!

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      7 years ago

      Your passion, as you say, (not to speak of your quite profound knowledge) for fashion as you are trying to link it to a higher, art form perspective is definitely evident from your hubs.

      Anyway, this is another reason why if you studied the aesthetics of tattooing more (whether or not you eventually go under the needle yourself, it's a separate matter), my impression is that you would probably find it immensely absorbing and satisfying.

      (Two cents')

      Blessings.

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      That's very true. No, but I have a passion for fashion as an art form.

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      7 years ago

      It's just like you were saying on another hub, I think. There's nothing really new in fashion. My comment then was something like, re. the minis worn in 1965, their wearers at that time are now grandmothers in their 70s.

      Let's face it: there's nothing really 'exotic' about large hoop earrings: I guess they would simply be described as nice, rather normal looking accessories now worn by all ages.

      Did you study a course on the cultural theory of fashion, or something?

      Blessings.

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      You raise an interesting point. Fashions from other countries or eras can be seen as normal in the United States over time. Trends that are considered popular for outsiders become mainstream and then the people from the alternative culture have to find something else to help set them apart and produce shock waves in the popular culture.

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      7 years ago

      PS; for 'ticker', above, read 'thicker'. (oops)

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      7 years ago

      On the 'pirate' motif, I think it's probably developed and in some ways its usage may even have decreased over the years in relation to certain accessories.

      For example, years ago people used to refer more to 'pirate earrings' or somewhat synonymously, 'gypsy earrings', in reference to large hoops, particularly the ticker variety.

      However, it seems to be that those terms are now on the decline.

      For example, it wouldn't be unusual today for large hoop earrings to be seen protruding from the hair of pastors' wives, grandmothers, etc., so that there is no remote sense of being 'exotic' about large hoop earrings any more; they are pretty well mainstream. As moderate gauges are becoming, too. (Not to say, tasteful tattoos, but this is another subject.)

      If this makes any sense...

      Blessings.

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      That's true. Some people dress a certain way, because they like what they are wearing. Other dress in order to look like a person with characteristics that they wish they had. Still, others dress in a way to express their mood or artistic flair. It's interesting to think about how people judges others based on their appearance.

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      7 years ago

      So what I guess I mean is that these days those who may be even deeply conservative in outlook may be masked by a radical chic 'surface'. I guess it's come full circle. Blessings.

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Haha; that's funny yet true!

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      7 years ago

      So maybe in some ways, some of ppl's old aesthetics and design perceptions could use some re-thinking.

      (Eg, these days, a group of bikers that show together at a roadside welcome center might well turn out to be a group of church moms off for a weekend away from home.)

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Good points. :)

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      7 years ago

      For example, the skull and crossbones belt buckle, tattoo etc, maybe used to connote aggressiveness and the macabre. But in its more feminine version it can also connote not being afraid, liking to bike on open roads, etc.

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      You are right. The 'Pirates of the Carribbean' franchise didn't hurt either.

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      7 years ago

      Yes well formerly it was regarded as rather male in character. But now you see skull & crossbones jewelry, accessories, flowery skull tat designs, etc., so the motif is no longer a male preserve.

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      I wouldn't wear them, but they're cute on other people.

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      7 years ago

      So you really like clothes/accessories etc with a pirate motif, then?

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Yeah, because pirates are awesome! Although, ninjas are sneakier. lol

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      7 years ago

      Interesting poem.

      You know, a pirate-related motif is sometimes quite popular in fashion designs, logos, tattoos, accessories, etc.

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Phil: Haha; you make the best comments! It would be detrimental to your health to find the Xes (good riddance). Good luck with the Js and Ks.

      legitimo: Thanks so much! I had fun writing it and I'm glad you enjoyed reading it.

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      legitimo 

      7 years ago from UNITED STATES

      very true poem.I like it.

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      Phil Plasma 

      7 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      I keep looking for Xes but all I find are Js and Ks.

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      I'm so glad I captivated you and made you want to continue on your hunt ;). I did as well; I love the positive community of Hubpages. Thanks for commenting, Debra!

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      Debra Charney 

      7 years ago from United States

      Very inspiring! Thank you. Makes me want to keep searching for my treasure . . . But I did find a pot of gold on HubPages,and a wealth of friends! Voted up and beautiful.

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, ahorseback! I really appreciate your feedback and I'm so glad you liked it. :)

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      ahorseback 

      7 years ago

      Now this is a woman who says "my glass is half full"!!!

      I like it Ebower , with a winning smile too!..:-}

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