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Mulberries

I think I wish I were a bird.
If I was a bird, I wouldn’t
Choose to fly. It seems much
Too obvious. Anticipated.

I’d simply sit there
Under the Mulberry tree and savor
The knowledge that I could fly
If I so wished.

Except that I would not wish,
And therefore I would not fly.

In the light of gold and blue
I’d hear the language of the Old,
And the songs of an Eternity.

Stretching my wings
To remind myself of their presence.

I wonder what it would be like
To sit wallowing
in a pool of my own potential.
Knowing all the extraordinary things
I could do, yet spiting the Universe
As I sat, not doing any of them.

Yes, I wish I were a bird.




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zoekibbelaar said...
Jun. 14, 2012 at 8:25 pm:
Fantastic! My favorite phrase is "wallowing in a pool of my own potential." I love how it contradicts the standard cliche. You want to be a bird, like oh so many other people, but for precisely the opposite reasons as everybody else does. The character that that gave it was really great, being a bird to not fly and "spite the universe".
 
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CraftyCinamatic said...
Oct. 23, 2011 at 2:02 pm:
very well thought out, i really like it :)
 
DeusExMachina replied...
Oct. 23, 2011 at 9:16 pm :
Gracias!      
 
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HannSawyer15This 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. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 11, 2011 at 10:32 am:
I really liked this one... obviously this poem took a lot of thought and you phrased everything really well. Great job! :)
 
DeusExMachina replied...
Aug. 11, 2011 at 11:27 am :
thanks!     
 
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leafyThis 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. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 28, 2011 at 7:55 pm:
i really like this poem. since so many pieces of writing mention that they "wish they were a bird so they could fly/be free," this was unique in the fact that you wishing you were a bird to do the opposite. i especially like the last second to last stanza (if you count the last line a stanza), and congrats on getting first prize (i saw the vid). keep up the nice work!
 
DeusExMachina replied...
Jul. 29, 2011 at 11:16 am :
Awesome! Thank you very much!!
 
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ZildjianThis 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. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 28, 2011 at 3:21 pm:
Haha. I love it. It has such a particular voice and character.
 
DeusExMachina replied...
Jul. 28, 2011 at 3:37 pm :
Cool! Thanks for the feedback! :)
 
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hanging_girl_666 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 23, 2011 at 5:34 pm:
Wow. I love the last poem.
 
hanging_girl_666 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jul. 23, 2011 at 5:34 pm :
** I MEAN the last LINE. Not poem.
 
DeusExMachina replied...
Jul. 23, 2011 at 9:35 pm :
Thanks! I knew what you meant haha
 
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Robyn97 said...
Jul. 23, 2011 at 1:14 pm:
lol. This poem makes me laugh (in a good way) because you've now made me wish I was a bird.
 
DeusExMachina replied...
Jul. 23, 2011 at 9:35 pm :
haha good!
 
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Emily.L said...
Jul. 22, 2011 at 1:21 pm:
Very creative ;) I love it!
 
DeusExMachina replied...
Jul. 22, 2011 at 4:23 pm :
Thank you!
 
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RandomInspiration said...
Jun. 7, 2011 at 11:15 am:
Brilliant...such deep thinking
 
DeusExMachina replied...
Jun. 7, 2011 at 2:19 pm :
Thank you!
 
RandomInspiration replied...
Jun. 8, 2011 at 11:10 am :

Is that really how you feel or did you just think up the idea for the sake of the poem?

 

 
DeusExMachina replied...
Jul. 22, 2011 at 4:23 pm :
Nope, thats really how I feel. part of it is from things I've been told throughout my life and how I feel about them as I've grown up.
 
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