A Gift

February 18, 2010
I want to write a poem for you
as lovely as the sunset on our eyelids,
when we fell asleep on the dew stained grass

with phrases more exquisite than the pink inside of a seashell,
and the way it is delivered to our feet
on the whim of the moon.

I want my poem to resonate
like the whispers and moans of the trees at night,
holding their ancient counsel

and my words to sparkle
with the frosty radiance of the icicles
in our windows and our eyelashes.

I want to write a poem for you
more simple than the spectrum of emotions
in the wistful outline of a puddle

or the nostalgic sound of raindrops on the roof,
but more profound than the pom-pom
on top of your woolen hat.

I wish the stanzas of this composition
to quiver with the ability to stimulate your mind
and inspire your soul

much more personal than
the tender veins on the underside of a leaf
or my longing to influence your smile.

I want to write a poem for you
with the ethereal perfection
of a dream you wished into existence;

with the bittersweet taste of teardrops
and the way we hold our breath
in the silence after music.

But, alas, all I can give you
is this string of stale black letters,
and the hope they might remind you of something
more meaningful.

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iDogrocker said...
Aug. 8, 2010 at 8:23 pm
This is cute and sincere and easy to visualize. You're clearly gifted with the art of showing, not telling.
Still_Waters26 said...
Aug. 8, 2010 at 7:07 am
Very unique and beautiful.  I loved it!
SarahJumps said...
Jun. 14, 2010 at 4:12 pm
This is beautiful. the images are so unique and rare. I love this. check out some of my stuff too :)
*Myrissa* said...
Mar. 4, 2010 at 11:39 am
Wow. I was mesmerized by the way you word your feelings. to me its the feeling of the poem that catches the readers attention, you sure captured mine. its flows in a unique way and the stanzas are so general that they are able to mean certain things to certain people that also catches peoples attention. from the beginning to the end i was intrigued.
briajanelle said...
Feb. 24, 2010 at 1:47 pm
This is a one of a kind poem.
I loev the ending, well on part in
particular - "string of stale black letters" .
This honestly made me speechless .
thescientistyellow This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 23, 2010 at 9:22 pm
This is going on my favorites list! Great job with the similes and metaphors as the others have stated....The end stanza, to me, makes it truly unique...
little-miss-sunshine said...
Feb. 23, 2010 at 6:49 pm
This is an amazing poem. As TheWritician and PaperPlanes said the similes and metaphors were amazing. The second stanza confused me a little bit, but other than that this poem is amazingly written. Definitely continue writing, as you have talent!
ThomasinaD said...
Feb. 23, 2010 at 2:35 pm
awesome poem! full of vivid images to create a subtle emotion. Who is the lucky person you wrote it for?
TheWritician replied...
Feb. 23, 2010 at 5:08 pm
Incredible writing and amazing metaphors. I really liked it!(:
PaperPlanes replied...
Feb. 23, 2010 at 6:27 pm
Powerful poem. :) I think it's perfect, and I really liked the similes and metaphors you used. Great job.
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