Why History Is Trivial MAG

By Elizabeth Hunt, Ringgold, GA

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

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on Mar. 12 2011 at 10:48 pm
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This is an awesomely detailed and filled with meaning poem that i could read over and over again without getting bored. LOVE IT!

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on Apr. 23 2009 at 12:51 am
Peter Shipman SILVER, Covina, California
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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.

on Apr. 23 2009 at 12:43 am
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on 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!

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on 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.

on Apr. 22 2009 at 3:59 pm
bluewordy SILVER, Canandaigua, New York
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I like the unique perspective. This really made me think. Congrats on getting published in the magazine!

on Apr. 6 2009 at 10:58 pm
lele6123 BRONZE, Batavia, Illinois
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Congratulations! This work strikes me as entirely original, and very moving. Very good job.


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