April is National Poetry Month in the US. Apropos of nothing, I wanted to share a poem from one of my favorite American poets, Billy Collins:


All we need is fourteen lines, well, thirteen now,
and after this one just a dozen
to launch a little ship on love’s storm-tossed seas,
then only ten more left like rows of beans.
How easily it goes unless you get Elizabethan
and insist the iambic bongos must be played
and rhymes positioned at the ends of lines,
one for every station of the cross.
But hang on here wile we make the turn
into the final six where all will be resolved,
where longing and heartache will find an end,
where Laura will tell Petrarch to put down his pen,
take off those crazy medieval tights,
blow out the lights, and come at last to bed.

~ from Sailing Around the Room: New and Selected Poems by Billy Collins


I considered putting on crazy medieval tights but forewent that option to show this look that has nothing to do with the poem, a cute little pinky purple ensemble. My top is an inexpensive find from Miffyhoi Rosca, who offered this as part of an outfit at the TFG Discount Shop. I really dig the asymmetrical shape.


The theme of this visual poem, however, is the shape and skin. I am wearing a shape from Freedom Parx, part of a new series she is selling that looks to break the old clichés of SL. She doesn’t aim for “beautiful” as much as interesting, though I find this shape pretty cute. I will remark that I did tweak the mouth corners a bit—Freedom shows the shape with a frowny face, which is something I really dislike. It’s great because the shapes are offered mod—that’s the only mod I wanted to make to this shape.

Lion Jonesford has recently come out with a new line of skins and they overlay this shape perfectly, especially in light of their Asian flavor. She offers them in a series of more pastel make-up tones for the most part, which I find lovely. The pinks and purples offset the pale complexion (which is a great color) perfectly. She also has a series of more radical make-ups (would you expect any less from Lion?).


“The mind can be trained to relieve itself on paper.” ~  Billy Collins

Hair: >TRUTH< Emily – crow by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: AYUMI 18-LionSkins by Lion Jonesford for LionSkins

Shape: Freestyle Shapes – Jia Li by Freedom Parx for Freestyle Shapes *

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Eggplant Light (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Lashes: pearled eyelashes by Mirja Mills for Emo-tions

Top: =Zenith=Pink  Akali by Miffyhoi Rosca for =Zenith=, available at the TFG Discount Shop

Shorts: (Milk Motion) My leather shorts by Marie Lauridsen for Milk Motion

Socks: *KUROTSUBAKI* socks_romantic_purple by sato Yifu for KUROTSUBAKI

Boots: [LeeZu] BeachBum Boots /violet by LeeZu Baxter for [LeeZu] *

4 thoughts on “Poetry

  1. No offense, but the features of this avatar are bordering on racism. You really think that’s how Asians look? The skin is beautiful, but this atrocious shape with it comes from a very narrow view of Asian ethnicity.

    • Your point has been registered (because I approved it for publication). However, I am not sure what specifically is “racist” about the shape. It might help the shape maker if you were more specific rather than slapping a incendiary label like “racist” on your comment. Of course, it’s one shape so it can only give a “narrow” view.

    • Thank you for your comment. I created the shape, and to answer your question – no, this is not how I view all Asians. This is how I view precisely ONE Asian. Within the range of this particular shape, there are thousands of variations that I could have employed. Would it have been less racist in your eyes, if I had made the nose smaller? Larger? Longer neck? Shorter neck? This is not how I view all Asians. Nor is any single western Anglo shape how I view all white women.

  2. Love the post, Harper colors, look – fabulous photography. Your usual superb skills at work.

    …and great work on the shape, GM.

    I can’t imagine how anyone can draw sweeping conclusions about someone’s values based on subtle elements of their work in SL. SL invites all manner of self expression – be they exaggerations, distortions or ultra-realistic renderings, it is clairvoyant indeed to be able to interpret every whim of style and trace it to it’s meaning in the core psychology of it’s author.

    No, rather, our reactions to art and style are very much more about ourselves.

    It is my privilege to have both Harper and GM as trusted friends – and I can assure you your conjecture on this is off the planet wrong.

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