Barefoot MAG

February 7, 2008
By Alicia Cuomo, Millburn, NJ

Sometimes I walk barefoot in my dreams.
Dig my toes in the sands
of my childhood.

Run my fingers through the silk creases
of a pink nightgown
that sticks to my thighs
in the hot summer air
as I lie on a stripped mattress.
Twisted sheets and bare feet wilting over the sides of the bed frame,
as the moon dances on my calves
and sends butterfly kisses through the metal screen of the window.

And I’ll slide off these imperfect linens,
pink silk and long limbs pouring over.
And ten toes will kiss the floorboards in turn
in this sticky August heat
that makes the space between my wing bones glisten
with sweat.

I’ll mix myself a drink
from the streetlight glow that floods my bedroom
and the dew that I’ve collected on the soles of my feet,
from walking so far

on these unmarked roads
in the neighborhood of my imagination.
Where the stop signs whisper “go,” and the
traffic lights hang limp and empty-faced
from their metal hinges.
I’ll run wild-eyed.
And dangerous.
As the authorities take a siesta in the recesses of my mind,
bundled up with blankets in the corners of my skull.

And sometimes I run barefoot in my dreams,
my legs stretching
across my thoughts.



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on Jan. 29 2012 at 8:09 pm
AlexisNicole822 SILVER, Elyria, Ohio
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Favorite Quote:
Robert Pattinson: “If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are. Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads"

I honestly love the ending. "And sometimes I run barefoot in my dreams, my legs stretching across my thoughts." That was amazing. The whole thing was beautiful, but that ending was the best. I loved it.

taylor1226 said...
on Nov. 12 2011 at 9:04 pm
taylor1226, Alexandria, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
grrs.

very good,like the desciptive details.:)

on Jun. 12 2011 at 3:29 pm
spitfire213 SILVER, North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
In the devil's den i may be, so stab my heart and set me free.

I really loved the vivid description. I could see every detail.

on Mar. 18 2011 at 8:14 am
BitterSweet1993 SILVER, Bronx, New York
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Favorite Quote:
Love is only a dirty trick played on us to achieve continuation of the species. ~W. Somerset Maugham, A Writer's Notebook, 1949

Amazing. <3

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on Sep. 6 2010 at 2:09 am
aDreamer GOLD, Redondo Beach, California
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Favorite Quote:
everyone is entitled to be stupid, but some abuse the privilege

the pursuit of happiness is a most ridiculous notion, if you pursue happiness you'll never find it

a hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver for 5 minutes longer

really pretty:) really great. i love it.

read some of mine? :)


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on Jun. 9 2010 at 1:15 pm
-Mz.S- SILVER, Quincy, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
two fingers up & i'm out! ;)

Great, i love it! (:

on Jun. 9 2010 at 6:27 am
AndThisIsReal PLATINUM, Broadalbin, New York
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Favorite Quote:
Dans chaque fil il y a un debut.

This had wonderful imagery, but not only was it written well, it was lovely and reminiscent. Please, feel free to read/ comment my work. :)

mimibby SILVER said...
on Mar. 28 2010 at 4:12 pm
mimibby SILVER, Boston, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
sticks n stones my brack my bones but words cant

this peom touched meh beeply in my heart n soul

on Mar. 28 2010 at 2:23 pm
babygurlmimi BRONZE, Boston, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
stick n stones my brake my bones but words cant

ooooo i love this peom

on Dec. 12 2009 at 8:39 pm
Deverie♥ SILVER, Carthage, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
I will seriously kick your butt....verbally.

AMAZING...

on Dec. 4 2009 at 2:54 pm
thesilverrose BRONZE, Richardson, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
"Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead." -Benjamin Franklin

Love the poem. Is it alright if I post it on my blog on BarlowGirl?

E.Lee GOLD said...
on Mar. 18 2009 at 12:45 pm
E.Lee GOLD, Akron, Ohio
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this is probably my favorite poem ever!! absolutely amazing imagery, and i could see the whole thing as i read it in my mind. super:)

kianapearl.. said...
on Feb. 28 2009 at 11:55 pm
Gah! the most amazing poem i've ever read...is it okay if i post this on my myspace??? lol.

on Jan. 23 2009 at 1:16 am
I love how it was so vivid i could see everything in my head as i read along. wonderfull captivation:)

kianapearl said...
on Dec. 19 2008 at 4:57 am
Wow. I think your poem is breathtaking in every way. I thought I was an okay writer until I read this... You go, girl!

on Oct. 23 2008 at 7:45 pm
i liked it..

on Oct. 21 2008 at 3:51 pm
wow that is the best writing i have read in ages

on Oct. 13 2008 at 4:54 am
this poem is absolutely gorgeous. its so carefree and light as a feather, very different from the poundings and "poeticness" of some of the other poems here. i loved it! and i usually hate poems because they sound cheesy so thats saying a lot! keep up the good work!

rajnit said...
on Oct. 11 2008 at 3:22 am
This is a very captivating poem. Amazing use of metaphors and language in general. I love it.




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