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     Like survivors of the plague, we raced through the woods,
Etching our lives away into the trees.
Our hair sprinkled with stardust,
We laughed until our laughter turned to sobs and we
Wept rivers into the soil.
The leaves fell as we shook in each other’s arms,
While somewhere in the distance, an owl gave its mourning cry
And the wind swayed the trees in a symphony of sighs.
With a shudder I collapsed onto the ground.
You gathered the flowers from where I lay,
Tore up the petals and cast them away.
In a voice laden with sleep you said, “Flowers are for funerals.”
You sank to the ground and lay down beside me, the moonbeams scattered around us.
Fingers entwined, we gazed up at the stars and lost ourselves
In the valleys of the moon and the shadows that played across them.
But the fire was dying now,
And we felt the weariness
Tugging at our bones like the ocean current.
Death’s little sister laid her fingers on our eyelids and
Gradually the world began to darken
Until only the stars remained,
Burned into my vision like tiny dots of static forever

glowing bright.



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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Jessss said...
Apr. 24, 2011 at 12:17 am:
Hey! I love this! And I also wanted to tell you I'd like to talk to you sometime! I love how nice you were to me when you commented on my poems, it meant a lot! You seem so sweet! So thank you! (:
 
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tawny_2011 said...
Sept. 7, 2010 at 9:09 pm:

This is awesome.

You use very interesting imagery and word choice.

Absolutely Beautiful. <3

 
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dancewritedream13 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 1, 2010 at 8:52 pm:
Dark and beautiful. Very nice, I love the imagery.
 
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LauraBora said...
Jun. 21, 2009 at 6:24 am:
I would like some context as to what is going on, like why the people are in this forest, or some more emotional detail. There could be a bit more specific imagery. I think some figurative or implicit clue as to what happened to these people or maybe their relationship, (romantic, friendly, unfamiliar).

You could do without "with a shudder I collapsed onto the ground" entirely. It does nothing for the development or tone. It kind of screws up the imagery because you don't ha... (more »)
 
E.LeeXxX3 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Apr. 27, 2010 at 10:31 am :
This poem was written by the mind of the author. Meaning if this was your poem you could write it however you pleased. But it isnt from your mind. It's from the authors.
 
laraelizabeth This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Apr. 27, 2010 at 6:27 pm :
I agree with E.Lee. This poem was written by the author, not you. The writer creates the poem the way that they see it in their mind.
 
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