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With a warm drink, whispering secrets to my own reflection.

The struggles that plague me, though none may know,

Are only for the ears of my quiet mirror, who smiles

Softly, warmly and with care. He tells me, I'm fine

I've done well for now and soon I may finally rest.

Though the silence continues to press upon me,

Weighing upon my soul like an iron crate.

Still I find comfort in whispering secrets,

If only to my own reflection - holding a warm drink...

-Chen Yuan Wen, 17th October 2012
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Author's Comment:

It's occurred to me recently that people might be getting tired of long poetry. I've noticed that viewership around October tends to suffer and maybe it's because some people are closer to their exam periods and they can't really read long pieces + Halloween and other events.

So what do I do about it? Create a new technique of course :3

This is a little something I call 'Shot-Glass Poetry'. Essentially it has the following characteristics:
1. The use of spaced out lines to make it more relaxing for the reader's eyes.
2. The length is short overall (much like a shot of rum)
3. Emotion must be there (A single shot is potent after all and this mimics that)
4. It must be simple to understand (It's not a cocktail)

By using these four characteristics (taken from various other poetic styles) the combined result is a relaxing semi-smooth piece that still carries the emotional impact of a longer poem, but is much shorter in length and suitable for someone who just wants to relax at the end of the day and get the same feels without the hassle of reading a long piece.

I'll be doing these shots actively, so please let me know if you like them. I think it'll be nice to space out my longer work with quick shots in between especially during stressful seasons when people need to relax more ^^.

This piece in particular, speaks about the feelings that some people have at the end of the day. Particularly if they live alone. For these lonely individuals, sometimes that cup of coffee and a window pane is really all you have at the end of the day. Heck, even I end up with just that sometimes...but a warm drink can still feel pretty darn good :3

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:

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I guess that's what you feel when you can't even see the light…


So this is the only way, that

Frantically he scrambles away from the dark
Eager to be free of his waking nightmare
Acting only upon the instinct within him;
Reminded constantly that he is prey

For some time he hides in the pervasive shadows—
Earnestly praying that he will not be discovered
A single sound is all it takes to jar him;
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From head to toe it is certainly monstrous
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Another great piece Cap'n!
Vision: I gave this a four because there is depth, you can "see" into a person and show a deep full of emotion piece. It's relatable to many and does not cause one to wallow in too much melancholy and yet gives a foreboding of sadness.
Originality: On the other hand, this is a slightly over used idea. Many writer's write about this and is not as original as your other pieces.
Technique: But you wrote it in such a way it's refreshing despite the idea's overuse. The structure is very reader friendly (as you've mentioned in your author's note) and
Impact: still allows you to feel the pressure of your idea.

Again, great job! Keep writing!
What do you think?
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5 out of 5 deviants thought this was fair.

Hello there dearest capitan :) Thanks agian for inviting me to do another critique, it is quiet humbling.

I love your description of shot-glass poetry. Extermely creative and very you! I would've never in my wildest dreams imagined creating a new style of poetry, yet, here you have it. Brilliantly executed.

The spacin gbetween thte liens is pleasing to the eyes. HHowever I did not see very many sensory descriptions besides the pressing weight of silence. Sensory words are always a great way to spice up any poem (through sounds, smells, sights, and sounds of course).

The subject is once again something the audience can connect too. The insecurity in indiviguals, and the cage that we all seem to feel around us. And the mirror is always a safe route when creating images due to the fact that everyone has an image of the class mirror scene in their head since it is used in many great poems. I believe taht you could've used something more origional rather traditional. However, you made up for it (overly I might add) with making a new style of poetry.

I wonder if anyone has adopted your style yet?

I must say that the fact you have observed the decline in views during October is impressive. And then going the extra length to actually create a soluton for your quandry is even more so :) Well done once again!

Keep on writting and happy sailing.

May the odds be ever in your favor.
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GoombaPie Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
this is lovely
WordOfChen Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Writer
Thank you for enjoying it ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
contemporaryhart Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
This was definitely a poetent shot for me...very strong! Great stuff! :)
WordOfChen Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional Writer
Thank you kindly for the wonderful compliment ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
contemporaryhart Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
Absinth-C-Lover Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
Wow dear Chen this is so very beautiful. I like this style a lot. I love to read many, many more .. so .. write, write, write .. lol ;)) ~ :heart: :shamrock: :rose:
LivingInMyThoughts Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
I like the idea of the shorter poetry! I know I shouldn't, but sometimes I have a hard time getting through longer poetry, so I think this poetry style is a very cool idea. :D
DarkLondonDreams Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I love this poem. It makes me want to curl up and read a book with my own drink :D The shot-glass idea is perfect, it delivers a message without being so lengthy.
laraLearner Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
What a gem! I tweeted you:) This poem is the first lit I have read on DA, that I remember (was kind of checked out for a bit over 1/2 decade). I will read more of your work... Peace
disturbingcalamity Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
This is lovely.
I do prefer your longer works, but I love that you're actually taking peoples time into account and doing beautiful short pieces as well [:
SplitNinja Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sounds like a cold winter night.
kittiasher Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
I like the new style, it is more relaxed and poignant, yet delivers a nice punch, even if it's a subtle one. Very nicely done, sweeting.

"Here we sit, a shot and a beer, after another hard-earned day," -X, the band, "The Have Nots"
Kailani-e Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Two notes on your piece:

1) I love the Shot Glass Poetry idea. Great combination for the reader to digest, relate, and enjoy. So kudos to that! :D

2) Amazing piece. Relatable to so many as well. I love how you can write about deep emotions and themes without butchering it, using big enormous elegant words without scaring people away to a dictionary, and how when I come home, I can lounge in my chair and always have something amazing to read and break the ice. Warm milk with lemon juice please ;)
ArchaisBeo Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Student Writer
you are quite talented in setting the atmosphere of where your poem is going. i truly love this piece, its kinda of melancholy but in a way that says "i'm okay with that". great work chen
MarianaErwin555 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
Wow, that's another poem, *WordofChen! I was supposed to make a Critique but interpreting it is very hard! Sorry if I can't. :(
Anyway, I'm happy this is one beautiful poetry you made. :D
WordOfChen Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Professional Writer
Haha, no need to make a critique if you can't ^^ It's just a request. A comment and fave is more than enough for me :3

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
MarianaErwin555 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
Anyway, you are welcome then! :D
I love your poem! :D
AkashasDreamworld Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Really nice! I love this piece! (:

WordOfChen Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Professional Writer
Thank you for enjoying it ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
Akasha63 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
WordOfChen Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Professional Writer
Glad you enjoyed it ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
NaimaAldarion Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It is a very beautiful poem!
The first line really caught my eye.
WordOfChen Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Professional Writer
Thank you for enjoying it :3 I'm glad you enjoyed my shot-glass poetry. I hope you'll continue supporting me ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
PossumFan Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Nicely done. Very nicely done, indeed.

Also, coffee? I was thinking more Jack Daniels, but okay. ;)

+ fave
WordOfChen Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Professional Writer
Haha, thank you for enjoying this. I hope you'll continue to support me. As for the coffee...weeeell I'm not a drinker...I actually drink hot chocolate, not coffee even xD.

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
PossumFan Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome. I drink certain things in certain situations.
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