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Chris And The Big Nose
cubbzor

SPOKEN WORD

If power were measured against the size of one's nose,
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I would be the most powerful person... in the room.
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My nose and I are inseparable.
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When I was born, the doctor thought my mother
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was having twins.
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My dad silently cursed the idea of paying for
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another college tuition.
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But alas, we are one.
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I've recently come to terms with
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the power I hold on the front of my face.
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I sometimes pity my mouth and eyes.
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They were slow on grabbing good real estate.
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Anywho, it was not until last year that I became
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conscious of the size of my shnozz.
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I was quietly quizzing myself on Roman Sculpture
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for an upcoming Art History exam when I discovered
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a shocking image.
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This nose belonged to Julius Caesar!
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This exact nose! Caesar! My nose!
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I then discovered it on other powerful faces.
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Alexander the Great!
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Had this nose.
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Abraham Lincoln!
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Had this nose.
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Joseph Stalin!
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Had this nose.
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Richard Nixon!
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Had a similar nose, maybe a close relative.
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I became obsessed with the history of my nose.
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I'd spend hushed hours in the library, obsessing
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over finding my nose's past. Finding him.
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One late August afternoon, my uncle was
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dropping me off at the library when he
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shared some words that made a great
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impression on my nostrils.
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"Remember Chris, with great nose comes great responsibility."
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So today, I look at people with a new perspective.
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In fifty, a hundred, five hundred years, a boy will
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look in the mirror and say,
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"This is a Cubbison nose."
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I will do great things.
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I nose it.
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1 Apr 10

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Comments:

heh, this is fantastic. I have a great aesthetic love for big noses, they are the greatest defining feature on many a face!

excellent story.
 — jharrison

Intriguing and funny poem.  Enjoyed reading all the way through.  Nice write.
 — JKWeb

Thanks for the reads!
 — cubbzor

Enjoyable and immediate.  L1-2:  I like the slightly self-deprecatory "...in the room" at the end of L2, kind of a literary rimshot after the trumpeting (hehehe) of "I would be the most powerful person..."  L3-5 read like Groucho Marx.  Love it!
 — kokoshiko

Thank you! It was fun to write. It was liberating to write about a subject that others might be to self-conscious to even approach.
 — cubbzor

this is great...you must nose it!
 — bowiegirl

Thanks!
 — cubbzor

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