Once Upon a Time

August 7, 2009
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Writer's Block will be the death of me
I swear, it'll come quick and silent
Like a cancer of the creative soul
I wish I could write a poem with this line:
"Dewdrops--the tears of morning" in it
But I don't know what the poem would be about
And maybe "morning" should be "mourning"

I wish I could find eloquent words
To describe simple things:
The sight of sunset;
Daytime giving his sweet goodbye
to all that he loves, loved, and never knew
The smell of a flowerbud;
The faint sweat from fighting through the dirt
Reaching towards the sun
The taste of raindrops;
The brandy Nature drinks
when she is feeling bittersweet
The feeling of an sorrowful embrace;
All emotions both hearts hold
And wish they never held
The invisible scent
that isn't quite family and isn't quite friendship
But the scent of -home-
The scent of a place where you feel at home
When you're not at home

Yes, I wish I had the mind
To write a poem for each of these wistful things
Or a story
A novel
An epic
And each would start with
"Once upon a time"
And never end

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songbirdblue0013 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 14, 2009 at 2:41 pm
thanks again, Corinna!
Corinna Parr said...
Aug. 13, 2009 at 8:23 pm
Hey there. You don't know me, but I'm on another website called Gather.com, where two people have been stealing Teen Ink poems to use as their own. This poem has been posted by someone as theirs, at this link:

Some of the other poets they've stolen from are confronting them here:
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