January 15, 2010
By EmmyK BRONZE, Denver, North Carolina
EmmyK BRONZE, Denver, North Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Hail Mary,
Full of grace.

Watch this
Life with faded brilliance,
Where vessels once filled
Are empty jars that reverb hollowness


Life with excess and emptiness,
Fill the void with insubstantiality.
We satiate hunger with sawdust
And thirst with diuretics

Drowning in air

And high-pitched, grating noises
Forced cawing laughter
Gritted grinding smirks

Earth blue and earth green rosary beads
Captured in a moment of light
Rich and glowing are
A beckoning window into a better existence

Holy Mary,
Mother of God
Pray for us sinners

We poor banished children

and at the hour
of our death

The author's comments:
This was pulled together on a whim in a rush of creative energy—I was pretending to be T.S. Eliot. The Hail Mary and rosary beads are significant—also note the reference to the King Lear allusion to Proverbs. Hunger and sawdust calls to mind the Holocaust concentration camp victims, fed on bread that consisted of sawdust rather than flour, filling their stomachs while they wasted away. We read The Hiding Place in sixth grade, and the narrator’s name was Cora—I guess that really jumped out at me. Note the pronoun choice—the one and only appearance is collective “we”. Also, form and spacing are significant, organizing the message carefully.

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