Flawless: A Prose Poem by Emily Allison.

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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. Thanks for all you are. One love. Appreciate the support, brother.

  2. Amazing by divine grace. Thank you for the constant support…unimaginable timing. One love.

  3. Oh, Lisa…hehe…in the pocket. Love it. That is the perfect place for it!

  4. So sweet. Kindly do repeat. Nice line to remind me of…it is nice to see it like that. Thank you.

  5. So glad it is relevant and touched you. And thanks for reading, always. Sweet.

  6. Gratitude. I try to cram those truths in…hehe.

  7. Thanks so much for the rich feedback and poetic contribution. Love it. Love your enthusiasm. Good to meet you too!

  8. Will do. Thank you for the praise. I will hope to continue fitting with your groove!

  9. Oh, little grasshopper. Thank you so! You leave me without words. You are perfect. Blessings.

  10. Thank you! Little epiphanies. Perfect! Don't worry, the writing is sure to continue! Blessings.

  11. 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 🙂

  12. remi tuot says:

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

  13. Jorge says:


  14. Merci, Remi. Gratitude! Blessings.

  15. Thank you, Jorge! One love!

  16. Beth Hall says:

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

  17. Gratitude, lil grasshopper. More will be coming. Thank you for your enthusiasm. Blessings.

  18. Ohhh! Undo and do again! Thank you Bethers1 Your words mean so much!

  19. Tot says:

    Love – flaws falling from my pockets – so beautiful!

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

  21. …my oldest support! I treasure your visit and comment. So glad I can still please you with poems.

  22. 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.

  23. Laura says:

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

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

  25. 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.

  26. 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!

  27. […] It was a desire to be perfect that first brought me to the yoga mat. I thought that surely, this was a path that led to perfection of body and mind. When I first began the study of yogic philosophy and learned of the concept of santosha, contentment, I felt that contentment would be a result of achieving this perfection, the stilling of the vrittis, the ripples, of the mind, the blissful contentment of the yogi on the mountain. And I’d have a perfect body as a result, which was a necessary part of the package. How could I possibly be at peace if I didn’t have the perfect set of thighs? […]

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