Flawless: A Prose Poem by Emily Allison.

Via elephant journal
on Apr 3, 2011
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Photo: Sol Gutierrez


I am done molding my body to the will of the world. I am going back to the sages and yawning my vertebrae for the yogis. The road is always unfolding, laying down dominoes of demands. I have circled the block and come face to face with every billboard smile dictating divinity. I reject such scrutiny. My feet speak directly to the earthen floor. My palms are two mirrors reflecting the sky. This is my form with rough edges and fault. Everything in the middle is a hand flipping Babylon the bird. There is no submission to dogma driven by dollars. I can only find sense above the laughing cow. There, my hips are wide with wonder and beauty is redefined. Perfection’s dirtiest laundry has been hung out in the yard. Flaws are falling from the pockets. They lay lovely and forgiven in the dirt.


Emily Allison writes in her own raw and candid style. Her BA in writing from the University of Arizona shaped her craft in the early nineties. Her current blog, True for Now, is a one year commitment to her prose/poetry fusion. She is a veteran teacher of Rhetoric and Writing at the secondary level and focuses on inspiring the youth through language and self-expression. She tries to fill her time off with travel to further fuel her writing passion. Originally from the Bay Area in Northern California, her early inspirations were Beat poetry and The Grateful Dead. True for Now can be followed on both twitter and facebook.


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79 Responses to “Flawless: A Prose Poem by Emily Allison.”

  1. Ali Vega says:

    Beautiful!!!! xoxo

  2. Claudette says:

    Lovely thoughts from your soul. SF reader

  3. Catrice Jackson says:

    Ahh..this is what I call living your truth, thanks for sharing and inspiring!

  4. trap says:

    Great stuff!! Love your writing…..keep it up!!!

  5. Marta Wiley says:

    I love this Emily! You Rock~

  6. integrationcoach says:

    Love it!

  7. Regina says:

    Flawless….kinda like how you are! Luv ya girrrrrl!

  8. Kathlyn says:

    You continue to feed the soul

  9. Valerie says:

    So true…. 🙂

  10. Ahmad Halis says:

    This poem is not unlike a fire raging above still waters, it impossibly touches the soul as a counter-weight to hopelessness with inspiration.

  11. Erin Paris says:

    Always so soulful

  12. david says:

    So talented Allison! not easy to bear your soul as you do keep up the journey!

  13. Jill Golden says:

    Windows to the soul….just lovley!!
    Window to the soul….just lovely!!!

  14. Greg Barba says:

    YEAHHHHHH amazing
    i love everything about this piece!

  15. Chas says:

    Read and Love……then feel

  16. Nice! Blessings,
    Greg Gutierrez

  17. s.b.Lyngo says:

    Stunning. So happy to see your work here. More please!!! You are gifted beyond the stars.

  18. David R. says:

    awesome! your writings are always great love : )

  19. Ben_Ralston says:

    Crunchy and juicy and delicious. Nice work Emily!
    Ben 🙂

  20. Brad S. says:

    Lovely work…thanks for ALL you do !!

  21. idriss says:

    this is amazing :), thank you A .

  22. lisacarmen says:

    powerful piece. i want to carry it in my pocket and read it daily.

  23. cbhananda says:

    "Perfection’s dirtiest laundry has been hung out in the yard. Flaws are falling from the pockets. They lay lovely and forgiven in the dirt."

    I love your piece; need to scroll up and savor it again!

  24. Karin says:

    Always truth and enlightenment. So profound and speaks directly to my current journey. Thank you for sharing here!

  25. Katie says:

    Thoughtful and full of life's harsh truths

  26. Steve says:

    Emily, so nice to meet you via EJ. Those flaws, lovely and forgiven, how cool is that? I see mine on the wind, swirling like leaves, a ballet of remembrance. Will keep a lookout for you here. Thanks!

  27. Linoleum Prince says:

    inspiring and soulful. truly great work! keeping it coming…

  28. maxine says:

    The way you write is so inspiring and not only helps me see the reality of life but to think about my meaning and how I as an individual can have my voice heard in the Society we live in today. Keep the writing, keep the love, and thank you for all you have done for all of us. You are the reason I want to prove that i can really become something meaningful in life.
    Read Write Learn and Love 🙂

  29. Cristiana says:


  30. Kimmy R. says:

    Great writing! Very inspiring and it trully helped me realize our beauty! Continue with your writing! I love it!

  31. If only the whole world can be true to themselves, we wouldn't be where we are right now. Excellent piece of writing! I am honored to have read something that can inspire me for the rest of my life. Thank you. Can't wait to see more from you 🙂

  32. remi tuot says:

    bravo…très beau sens poétique très belle écriture..vous êtes une remarquable plume..

  33. Jorge says:


  34. Beth Hall says:

    My lovely Allison, your words undo and do again! Beautiful piece.

  35. Tot says:

    Love – flaws falling from my pockets – so beautiful!

  36. flawless is right. thank you. so much.

  37. Mario says:

    Wow thats good, speaking of individuality and truth. I especially enjoyed the part of "no submission to dogma driven by dollars." I hope to read more poems in the future. Have a good one.

  38. Laura says:

    Inspiring and thought-provoking. You speak from your heart but you speak for us all.

  39. Gratitude. True for Now offers over 200 more posts if you are craving more!

  40. Mario says:

    No Ms. A, thank you for taking the time to teach me the importance of rhetoric and the importance of life in general, you have shed a new light in my vision releasing new perspectives and ideas that otherwise i would have never encountered. I thank you again for the teachings and guidance and I hope that we can remain in contact.

  41. Lisa J. says:

    After reading your poetry, I feel intimidated to comment because I cannot find the proper words of expression to do it justice! But, as always, it's beautiful, intriguing, and raw. Thanks!

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