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Daytimes we ran
through gilt grass and tawny sand.
It was all who could shout the loudest
and talk the fastest
so that their words collapsed
like dominos.
And they were the quickest to
lay down their cards
in a royal flush of their days before.
In the nights words came slower.
They dripped rich like honey from a spoon
and hung in the air like a foghorn from
across the ocean.
It was the time of the silent
and the still.
They were haloed in the half-light
the darkness smoothed their scabs and sunburns.
They were the cross-legged mystics
the silent ones.

We ran like our feet had caught fire
we hopped backwards and stepped sideways
to avoid reaching our destinations.
We lay long and expansive
and rose on the sides of our shoes
to make sure we would be seen.
We coiled in upon ourselves
to hide to listen
to secrets we were not meant to know.

We were childen for so long
a desert of upturned hourglasses.





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Ammaz said...
May 25, 2010 at 11:13 am
wow. This is my favorite of your so far.
 
Jazzzy517 said...
May 12, 2010 at 12:30 pm
this poem is so amazing. + its nice to see other ppl from CT on here! lol
 
Ramzan This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 11, 2010 at 7:49 pm
very good emotions with a lovely, home-y feel to it.
 
kmhicks said...
May 10, 2010 at 12:14 pm
This is a very nice poem that makes you think about what you do.
 
Shahed said...
May 9, 2010 at 3:00 pm
Line 5, made me read it all more than once, its amazing! I like how it rhymes! You're a talented writer! Check out my work, Ill appriacte it, and I think we have something in commen,. let me know what you think through your comments!
 
pameel This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 9, 2010 at 12:16 pm
great, floods memories and emotions
 
alwayskelley This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 9, 2010 at 10:25 am
wow that was good
 
GreenActressThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
May 8, 2010 at 1:05 pm
This is really unique and I like it! It's really well written, and you're talented. Check out some of my work? Thanks! I give yours 5 stars! :)
 
jessica.cherish.conner said...
May 8, 2010 at 12:59 pm
This is so different.
 
perfected_11 said...
May 8, 2010 at 9:52 am

How i want to be a child again so bad! lol.. great poem

can u rate mine 2?

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