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Why History Is Trivial This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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It is not the JFK assassination that moves me to tears,
No government conspiracy could make me a downpour.
Nor “Hotel Rwanda” that leaves me closed and silent,
Barred, but far from empty.
No, it is not the Byzantines that immobilize me
With fear of Babylon and lead me to reckoning blindly.
It is not the Druids that encircle me with rustic warmth,
Not even their stones could hedge me in.
Nor is it the Kingdom of Heaven that seizes me,
Throws me prostrate and demands I beg God for redemption.
No, it is not Shiva who seduces me into flames,
Not he who cleanses my soles, not he who sears them sterile
and smooth.
But it is unmistakable in the way you turn your head and smile,
That I am hypnotized by the lantern that flickers within you.
I am enthralled by the soft light that dances about you, warm
and mild.
I am stirred by the way your hand glides as if to anoint me with oil,
A movement that tremors with an intimacy
So fragile that I kneel before you –
The infidel denouncing her ways

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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CharleyHeelis said...
Mar. 22, 2015 at 1:07 pm
LOVE IT!!!!! :) :) PLease could you check out my work? @jennielikeduh @Cramer3 @BrianaLG @Emin3mAC @reblep @OsakaSun @starsandotherthings @CommonSense7 @NoLabelsPlease xoxo
 
jennielikeduh said...
Aug. 27, 2013 at 10:59 am
that was truly amazing! the emotion in it was great!:)
 
Cramer3 said...
Feb. 12, 2013 at 10:24 pm
That was really amazing....i really liked the emotion of it
 
BrianaLG said...
May 3, 2012 at 3:53 pm
WOW!!! that was powerful you are an amazing writer!!!
 
Emin3mAC said...
Oct. 18, 2011 at 12:43 pm
Amazing. You're so talented, never stop writing and never lose the creativity you have
 
reblep said...
May 17, 2011 at 7:31 am
all i can say is wow. reading the first few eyes i didn't expect the ending but i can totally relate. this is amazing, dont ever stop writing!
 
OsakaSun said...
Mar. 12, 2011 at 10:48 pm
Oh. My. God! I really wasn't expecting something like that! I was just browsing on my laptop and BANG! I get hit with THAT piece of literature. That's amazing. You've got some real potential.
 
Thanksabunch replied...
Mar. 20, 2011 at 8:59 pm
OSAKASUN IS AMAZING!! I MEAN SUPER AMAZING. LIKE SUPERDUPER AMAZING. LALALALALALALALALA! ADD MOMENT.
 
starsandotherthings said...
Feb. 18, 2011 at 8:46 pm
This was AMAZING!!! the words just through pictures into my mind and how all the things in the world that could.... warm you or immobilize you could be couldn't be anything but a simple crush or something deeper. I'm only a beginner in writing, so i would be so honored if u read some of my poems and comment. thankyou and i love your poems!!!
 
CommonSense7 said...
Aug. 4, 2010 at 6:29 pm
Deep, truely magnificent. 
 
NoLabelsPlease said...
May 30, 2010 at 6:05 pm
This is an awesomely detailed and filled with meaning poem that i could read over and over again without getting bored. LOVE IT!
 
roseann This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 9, 2010 at 3:18 pm
ur poem makes the reader see into a world that seems impossible to others. keep inspiring!
 
Peter S. said...
Apr. 23, 2009 at 12:51 am
I think its a great work of poetry that compares someones love for another greater than history, and keeps you in the present day, however, I thought that the pieces of historic information were a little ignorant, and the ending is so abrupt, it almost takes away the passion of the poem. Great work though.
 
vamppoet16 said...
Apr. 23, 2009 at 12:43 am
This was amazing!!! omg you use your words to open peolple's eyes to how love really is. Congradulations.
 
almost_there said...
Apr. 22, 2009 at 10:55 pm
Wow! Being a writer myself, my opinion of an amazing piece of work is one that, upon seeing it, makes me wish I had thought of it. This poem moves me, in addition to making me slightly envious. Keep up the great work-this is completely awesome!
 
GlitterFox said...
Apr. 22, 2009 at 4:43 pm
Wow. This is startling. You illustrate the power of love so clearly--by building up that nothing else matters but this one moment with this one person. Heard of "show don't tell"? Well, you, my friend, are a master of the craft. You build up the suspense and reach a touching climax. The last three lines are positively thrilling. Such a novel approach to something so old. I adore your last line. This poem is stunning; it left me breathless.
 
DancingInTheRaen said...
Apr. 22, 2009 at 3:59 pm
I like the unique perspective. This really made me think. Congrats on getting published in the magazine!
 
Liana N. said...
Apr. 6, 2009 at 10:58 pm
Congratulations! This work strikes me as entirely original, and very moving. Very good job.
 
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