Tar Heel in Exile MAG

By Julia M., Silver Spring, MD

For all my salty summer curls
like sunshine against my Carolina blues
For all my moments as a child
of the sky that stretches my eyes as wide as my dreams
For all my front porches and scrub pines
that grow from my belly and stretch to the sun
like the tangles of my secret wildness
For all my calluses and freckled skin
tarred feet and ocean eyes
For all my sighs echoing in the dark expanses -
lightning bug-stars accompanied by
cricket orchestras in the night air
For all the pine needles and sand like gold between my toes,
I am not one of them.
Their voices come to me like memories of a warm-familiar dream
poisoned honey-filled pinpricks and wavelets from beyond
but I cannot speak like them.
Instead I speak with the voice
of all the languages that met on the playground
when we didn't care and kept dancing to the Doowadiddis
But their flip-flops are all the same suede Rainbows
flop-flipping on the Others
a soft but deep tread into the
spirits of those who chose a life
other than matching name-brand pastels and tequila-soaked sequins
Stretched by either arm over the East Coast because Frankly my dear
I am neither Yankee nor Scarlett
I am the diaspora
And as I remember everything I'd forgotten to want,
my eyes sting with the salt water of their stormy seas
For all my life apart
I choose the sun
and I will chase it till it sets

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i love this so much!

on Nov. 6 2011 at 2:43 pm
MikaMirage GOLD, Park Ridge, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
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"Insecurity will always rent the space it occupies, but confidence will own the building, and any other room it steps in."

amazing. wow. I love the metaphors you used- they were absolutely touching and beautiful. wow

on Oct. 24 2011 at 9:42 am
apurplechick BRONZE, North Little Rock, Arkansas
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Favorite Quote:
"love all hate few trust none" by william shakespear

WOW!!!!!!!!!!! that was beautiful



on May. 1 2011 at 3:01 pm
tesswards32 PLATINUM, Perry Hall, Maryland
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Favorite Quote:
"And it's funny how it's the little things in life that mean the most, not where you live, what you drive or the price tag on your clothes. There's no dollar sign on a piece of mind." - Zac Brown Band

Great job! This paints such clear images in my head as I read it. Well done!

on Mar. 18 2011 at 6:23 pm
Tintinnabulation BRONZE, Glen Arm, Maryland
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Favorite Quote:
"Long enough have you dreamed contemptible dreams,
Now I wash the gum from your eyes,
You must habit yourself to the dazzle of the light and of every moment of your life."-Walt Whitman

Now THIS is poetry. Wow.

on Nov. 6 2010 at 8:50 am
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Amazing. I don't know what else to say. This is an Amazing poem.


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