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The Love of This World MAG

By Madeleine Barnes BRONZE, Wexford, Pennsylvania
Madeleine Barnes BRONZE, Wexford, Pennsylvania
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All the good in me unlaced I pull what I own across the floor,
books devoured to the spine, impressions the knees of my jeans
have made of kneeling, my ghosts of ghosts, the saint who is namesake.

I lay it out. A turtle can lay one hundred
thirty-seven eggs in the hollows of trash-filled beaches
and pray her young into the foam

and I know how she judges her almost-gone
with the shell’s first clean fracture, and how much she holds
when she owns nothing and watches it race away.

I line it up for you, lay it down, armfuls, fistfuls,
incalculable catalogues of rinsed fingerprints
released, as they are back-breaking, as this convex shell

is enough, as the body becomes the loudest resonating
home where I deadlock roomfuls of possessions,
where my valuables belong so unbearably to me

that they are not mine. And because I want to float
I lay them down, the swatches of fabric, the memories of places
I swore I had owned so wholly I felt them through to the relics,

laid down, the hopes I hold for the ones I’d kill to own
who swim between combs of aimless currents,
of whom I am no owner, of what I am no mother

I lay them out for you. And as the sea holds
each embryo to the memory of one
original shell, I am unforgivably enamored

with the ownership of all.

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OldYoungOne said...
on Nov. 26 2012 at 9:25 pm
It is very nice.

on Nov. 5 2012 at 12:52 pm
remember16 SILVER, WhiteLake, Michigan
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This is only a minor setback to a major comeback

really really really good poem i enjoyed reading it you should cheak out some of my work.

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on Nov. 5 2012 at 7:17 am
Kavon SILVER, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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You made such an adnormal metaphor about the sea turtle laying eggs into GENIUS POETRY!!!

on Jan. 2 2012 at 11:28 am
sophza PLATINUM, Sacramento, California
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Favorite Quote:
"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." ~Ferris Bueller

The images are great, and the meaning is very original.

on Nov. 22 2011 at 8:09 pm
Loserrr122 GOLD, Belgrade, Montana
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I reject your reality and substitute my own!

Amazing, I have nothing to say and I normaly have alot to say.

on Oct. 28 2011 at 7:58 am
RedFeather GOLD, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
Prose is like walking but poetry is like dancing.
—Paul Valery, poet (1871 - 1945)

All I can say is WOW. This is great. Great words. Great perspective. Great poem - keep writing.

on Oct. 7 2011 at 7:16 pm
Smiley1068 SILVER, Capitola, California
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Favorite Quote:
Don't let anyone control you

this is a great poem

on Oct. 6 2011 at 10:10 am
heather_marie PLATINUM, Deshler, Ohio
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wow im at a loss of words!

on Oct. 4 2011 at 7:24 pm
Rowan_E_Delany SILVER, Fremont, Nebraska
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This is really, really, really good.  Keep it up.  I hope i'll be just as good someday.

on Sep. 14 2011 at 12:06 pm
WeAllBurn PLATINUM, Vermilion, Ohio
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Favorite Quote:
"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong." ~Mahatma Gandhi

no words to say. this is breathtaking. amazing. <3

on Jul. 22 2011 at 9:31 pm
HannahMarie17 BRONZE, Pasadena, Maryland
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Favorite Quote:
"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain." - Anonymous

wow...this is amazing. thank you for sharing it and please keep writing. this is beautiful and though-provoking.

on Jul. 10 2011 at 1:23 pm
ElleNicole BRONZE, St. Louis, Missouri
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Favorite Quote:
"My role in society, or any artist's or poet's role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all."

This is really good. =)

on Jul. 8 2011 at 10:00 pm
remembermeplz PLATINUM, Friend, Nebraska
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Favorite Quote:
"when the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace" -- Jimi Hendrix


that its so so very beautiful! so amazing =D

on May. 25 2011 at 9:02 am
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on May. 19 2011 at 10:44 am
blonde_with_brains BRONZE, Little Rock, Arkansas
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Favorite Quote:
"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”-- Albert Einstein

Left me speechless 0_o

on May. 5 2011 at 10:54 am
June_Survive SILVER, Kirbyville, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
"Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.” -Jamie Paolinetti

"In the end, everything will be okay. If everything is not okay, it's not the end."

We should construct a poem together. I really like your work. :)

on May. 5 2011 at 7:47 am
hdeneen26 BRONZE, Atglen, Pennsylvania
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Absolutely beautiful.....just beautiful!

on Feb. 28 2011 at 8:09 pm
Maggie2014 GOLD, Great Falls, Virginia
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Beautiful.........I dont know how else to describe it, just beautiful.