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You are

completely anonymous
to me.

Your
name age gender remain a secret.
I know neither your
height weight sexuality nor the color of your
eyes hair skin.

For once I had no
        preconceived ideas
                false expectations
                        unfair prejudices
that distorted you into something that you
were not.

I savor my ignorance
for it carries the delightful taste of
pure truth.

Beautiful.
Trying something new with my first poem. :aww: You are...beautiful.

No matter how diligently we try not to judge people for things they cannot change such as their race, appearance, or sexuality, we have to accept that it happens all of the time. Even if we do not actually act on our prejudices, they still exist and hinder our ability to see others clearly.

The internet fascinates me because of how anonymous we are allowed to be in contrast to real life. In deviantART, for example, we can chat, collaborate, work, and become extremely close to people who we do not even know the real names of. When I meet someone new here, I typically only know their gender, where they are from, and possibly their age. Most of the time, I have no clue what race/ethnicity they are or what they even look like. I love this sort of anonymity because you are able to look past whatever superficial details to understand what kind of person they truly are.

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shep4life Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Love this
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ThatSparklyStalker Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
Thank you for this. It is a beautiful thought perfect expressed. Heart 
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
Ahh, thank you very much for your feedback! :huggle:
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ThatSparklyStalker Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
D'aaw anytime love  x
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
:tighthug:
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Riemea Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautifully written, and very true!

This is what I like about the internet, too. And the great thing is, here on dA, noone is bothered by the fact that we're all more or less anonymous. We're not about sharing details of our lives (like most people on facebook do), but we're about the art and community, without prejudices, because they don't have much chance to form.
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
Thank you! :love:

Mmhmm, at first I thought it would be weird interacting with people you know next to nothing about, but once you get to know them as a person, it becomes to mean nothing what other details of their life are. :)
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Riemea Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :huggle:

You're right about that. :nod: For me the biggest step is to start interacting with people. :grump:
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
I was a total social outcast for a few months when I joined dA :lol:
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Riemea Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Me too :giggle:
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:iconghostoftheemptygrave:
Precisely how I see it. Nobody I know in real life knows about the secrets I reveal in my poetry. Heck, they don't even know I write poetry. But here I can speak my mind and connect to people in ways I could never do in real life.
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
Yup, and in a way I feel like the life I have on the internet is more of what I would consider "real life" than actual real life :)
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:iconghostoftheemptygrave:
If what we call "real life" was like internet life...Well, I think things would be better.
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Yes, whenever someone annoyed you, you could just block them XD
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:iconghostoftheemptygrave:
Instead of simply ignoring them. That would be so great...
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
:giggle:
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treskey Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
I love that it starts with "you are", and ends with "beautiful".


so much truth :la:
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
Thank you! :meow: I wanted to show that the statement "You are beautiful" means so much more when you know that someone is seeing the real you rather than all the superficial details that you cannot change about yourself.
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treskey Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
that is so true. :iconbrohugplz:
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
:huggle:
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PizzaPotatoNBacon Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Student General Artist
It is indeed! I love the flow and the placement of words. :)

I like the anonymity I have here, even when IRL people have treated me nicely. :blush: I love how most of the people judge others on how they treat others, but I guess that's because the internet is a connection of the world. Another truth, though, is that some people use this anonymity as a way to drown out their sorrows and go out and deliberately make others miserable. When someone disagrees with you on something, a fight starts between two strangers. D:
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
Thank you! :heart:

I've never really had a problem with people judging me in real life either, but I have seen it happen often to people around me. In this poem, I focused mostly on other people judging you, but I find it fascinating how I've changed a lot from dA. It was only after getting to know others well on here that I realized that I did judge people based on age, race, etc. IRL, not a lot, but still a little. Now, I've found that I don't judge as much because meeting people on dA has shown me that it doesn't matter. :)

Of course, there's always the ugly flip side. People are always a lot more eager to fight online when they are anonymous. Even when they aren't anonymous, people troll and fight all the time on the forums X.x
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BunnySaysMeow Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
This is really, really awesome! And very true, as well.
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Thank you very much! :huggle: :la:
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animelovers21 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:heart:
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Thanks~ :huggle:
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InterrogateMe Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013   Writer
I am absolutely in love with your words <3
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Aww, thank you very much! :huggle:
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HinataKeks Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
I like the statement you make.
Its just true. Only in a level where nobody judge others for things they can not change you can be who you are and seem as the person you realy are.
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Thank you! :heart: That message was exactly what I was going for. :la:
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HinataKeks Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
You're welcome :)
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
:huggle:
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Evergreen-Symphony Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is brilliant! I'm also intrigued by the internet; it's such an odd thing when you really think about it. Very well written!
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Thank you! :heart: 

And it really is. :D Some people prefer to shed their anonymity by spreading their information around, such as on social media sites. But at the same time you have places like dA where the vast majority of us remain quite anonymous. :)
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Evergreen-Symphony Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, that's true. A lot of us also have accounts on other sites under the same usernames, I've noticed (like Tumblr or a blog of some sort)
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Seiden-Kaczka Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
That's why I love internet.
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
:thumbsup: Exactly! :la:
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