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The logs are burning, but the fire's cold
The sun is out, but the day is old.

The leaves are moving, but the air is still
The plant is green, but the life's been killed.

The eyes are eager, but the thoughts are scared
The voice is dull, but the memory cared.

The cup's half full, but the hope is gone
The mind wants night, but the heart wants dawn.

The woods are quiet, but the echoes cry death
The ocean is silent, but the lungs scream breath.

The mouth says yes, but the conscience says no
The feet stay still, but the legs long to go.

The words won't come, but the rhythm is loud
The fear says later, but the pen says now.

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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artgirl said...
Oct. 2, 2009 at 8:43 pm
Kelsey...I love your poem! ...keep it up!
 
Pam Caperton said...
Sept. 18, 2009 at 1:24 pm
Congrats Kelsey! The poem is fab!
 
Mrs. McNiel said...
Feb. 17, 2009 at 5:05 pm
Kelsey, your insight and writing skills keep maturing. Yes, life is full of contradictions that we must consider. I'm proud of you and your writing. Write on!!
 
bljbmom said...
Feb. 10, 2009 at 7:15 am
Loved it Kelsey! Your poem intrigued me and left me wishing there were more. Keep up the good work.
 
SuSu said...
Feb. 9, 2009 at 9:29 pm
That's a really good poem. Every time I read it I notice something new. Keep writing!
 
Aunt Sara said...
Feb. 9, 2009 at 9:26 pm
Good job Kelsey! I enjoyed it alot. I have always liked poems and one written by you is really special.
 
zosta said...
Feb. 9, 2009 at 12:43 am
wow, that was really good babe!! you really have a writing talent my love hehe love u bunches and wow again. that was really great!!!!!
 
loulou said...
Feb. 9, 2009 at 2:07 pm
i love this poem!!! i like how it makes me take a minute to atually grasp what im reading! its beautiful kels!!!
 
KbubblesT said...
Feb. 7, 2009 at 5:09 am
LOVE it!! You are the author of my new favorite poem!! (you just bumped out a tie between Yeats (The Rose of Battle) and Frost (Once by the Pacific)).
 
Afficianado said...
Feb. 7, 2009 at 3:15 am
A thoughtful exploration of the duality of human experience and the ambivalence we all feel. Nice work! Keep them coming...
 
coolbeans23 said...
Feb. 7, 2009 at 1:18 am
this was the BEST poem i HAVE EVER READ!!!!!! Kels your amazing!!!!
by the way this is claire huskey not some creepy stalker....
 
Tapioca said...
Feb. 6, 2009 at 5:37 am
Beautiful poem! Keep writing!
 
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