11 Spoken Word Poems That Will Make You Think

11 Spoken Word Poems That Will Make You Think

The world is full of poetry. The air is living with its spirit; and the waves dance to the music of its melodies, and sparkle in its brightness.

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Poetry can be used to exhibit any emotion, anger, fear, you name it and it shall be revealed. But, spoken word poetry is performance art. Instead of just reading a poem and trying to decide what is supposed to be more enunciated than something else the author tells in their performance

1. "If I Got Paid For All My Emotional Labor"

Melissa's list of how she would spend all the money she would have earned if paid for her emotional labor starts off extravagant. As it goes on some of the ideas are a little logical and sincere when it comes to her family and her wellbeing.

2. "Ode To My Bitch Face"

Part of her phase of writing odes to things she thinks she should be ashamed of, the author speaks of why her "bitch face" doesn't matter and why it doesn't concern anyone who's face it is not.

3."When Love Arrives"

Phil and Sarah narrate everyone's first thoughts about love. From childhood ideas of what we think it is to the adulthood idea of what we think it is. Neither are correct, and their narration proves that love comes and goes exactly when they are supposed to and not a second before.

4. "Complainers" 

Rudy begins with examples of unique stories of times when after going through great trauma, the person in the example stated, "it could have been worse." This is to prove that tragedy is usually silent, you don't hear it. This will make you think before you complain next time.

5."Repetition"

Words can hold all of the meaning in the world and yet, if used too often, they can lose all the meaning in the world. Phil's lesson is to appreciate your words and make them mean something.

6. "When God Happens" 

Telling his story of being a child in New York City when the planes hit the towers, Mike, pushes that to everyone in the city it was real and to anybody else it was just a distant occurrence that was fake.

7. "Somewhere In America"

Performed by three speakers, this poem screams the truths of the privileged versus underprivileged, whether it be by class, race, or gender.

8. "Chameleon" 

Starting with a storytelling of show and tell from grade school and ending with an apology to every woman he'd ever been with, Rudy explains that he, like chameleons, would use his invisibleness to hide.

9. "An Origin Story"

During this performance, Sarah and Phil tell the funny coincidences that are the foundation of their friendship, from identical nationalities to attending the same summer camp as kids, their origins are where the story started and their friendship shows that they will write their own ending.

10. "Bitches" 

The author uses this poem to praise the women in her family. It doesn't seem like it, but to me she is praising the strength of those around her who are what others would refer to as "bitches."

11. "Ode to the Women on Long Island"

This poem gives me goosebumps. Speaking of the tough, opinionated titular women of Long Island, who fight through life and love their families and stand for what is right.

The unique thing about poetry is that even when the words say one thing you, as an individual, could hear something completely different from the person sitting next to you. That's what makes it amazing, the diverse meanings that everyone could get from the same piece of art.

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Top 9 Places to Get Tattooed in Western Washington

Places in Western Washington that'll leave you with the best ink.
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So, you've finally decided to get tattooed! Great! The hardest part about getting a tattoo is actually committing, to getting the tattoo. Now that you've made the leap, and decided to permanently decorate your body with art, here are the top 9 shops in Washington, the west side of the mountains.


9. Action Tattoo

Action Tattoo in Auburn is absolutely excellent at realism. Head over to Auburn for a beautiful black and grey.


8. Artful Dodger

Located on Capital Hill in Seattle, this tattoo shop also moonlights as a comic book shop. Every year, they set up shop at Emerald City Comic Con and tattoo nerdy flash. They have a ton of artists-and are constantly bringing in guest artists. Check them out!



7. Old Gold Tattoo

Up in Bellingham, Old Gold Tattoo rocks the American Traditional game. For those of you who firmly believe that bold will hold, Old Gold is the place for you. Take a drive up to the edge of America, and get a traditional tattoo that'll make your average sailor jealous.


6. Two Birds Tattoo

These ladies are a jack-of-all-trades type shop, and yes, just the ladies. That's right, Two Birds Tattoo in Seattle is a woman-run tattoo shop. Every single tattooer is a woman, and in a field that is pretty-male oriented, that's pretty rad.



5. Damask Tattoo

Another woman-run tattoo shop in Seattle, Damask is breaking barriers by consistently putting out amazing work. Known for it's comfortable environment and chill tattooers, Damask is definitely a place to check out.



4. Cicada Tattoo

Another shop hailing from Seattle, Cicada has artists with a diverse portfolio. These artists can whip out anything from realism, to traditional.






3. Linda's Body Piercing & Tattoo

Ariel Fender, the artist at Linda's, is an expert in watercolor and cover-ups. With the popularity of watercolor on the rise, Ariel's work has shined.



2. Emerald City Tattoo & Supply


An older shop, most of these tattooers have been tattooing for longer than anyone else in Seattle. Their friendly environment, and great tattoos, makes clients feel right at home.

1. Sunken Ship

Up in Everett, this sea themed tattoo shop busts out amazing tattoos. This tattooed lady sees this shop as one of the best in Washington. Mostly American traditional, but plenty of new school and realism tucked in as well.


As they always say, do your research before getting tattooed, and find the tattoo artist you think can give you a masterpiece.



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I am not a robot, I'm just not heartbroken over you.

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what's done is done

whether it be in love and war

we can not redo the past

it doesn't sting as much as i hoped

and the pain never really comes

i don't cry like you think i would

after being told, "i never loved you."

i don't chase you like you hoped

and i don't leave heartbroken voicemails

i don't go out to clubs to mask the pain

that never truly came

but every now and then, i'm reminded of you

with the scent of pine trees and irish spring

but what i soon came to realize was

your words hurt you more than you thought

and it was really me, "who never loved you."

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