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It seems to me that there ought to be a way
of saying a word without saying it.
Of dancing around it on tiptoes
and pointing toward it with long fingers.

Then maybe we could write something
roundabout and poignant.
Then we could weave words like silkworms
and wrap around our ideas in careful construction,
with lattice so taut and flawlessly knit
that it could pass for a cocoon
and keep things warm inside.

If we wanted,
we could write fire too,
with passion so nimble and sharpened
that we might inspire revolutions.
Our thoughts would pierce
and splinter steel
as easily as smoke
and water.

Or
maybe
we'd just let our words
glide away
like a hushed melody –
Drift out
toward the planets
and the nothingness
that comes after.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.





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munkyman95 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 3, 2010 at 2:00 pm:
Really good ideas and word choice
 
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abeatlesfan65 said...
Jan. 1, 2010 at 4:44 pm:
Poetic language + great ideas=amazing! Keep writing, you're very talented!
 
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Fayrouz This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 31, 2009 at 7:40 pm:
this was very beautiful and I literally seemed to dance with this poem and I found myself saying "why not" after each stanza :) good job!
 
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