How it Hurts

August 4, 2011
By videotaped GOLD, Geneva, New York
videotaped GOLD, Geneva, New York
19 articles 18 photos 14 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Hope and Memory have one daughter and her name is Art, and she has built her dwelling far from the desperate field where men hang out their garments upon forked boughs to be banners of battle. O beloved daughter of Hope and Memory, be with me for a little."
- The Celtic Twilight, W. B. Yeats


Tonight I'm living 
on the salt of my tears,
drinking the brine:
I am empty and burning
but my throat is too full to swallow.

-

I showed you the door and the mocking sky smiled down on me,
the stars dancing and whirling the blue, 
as if to say
Look, we've found each other;
so what's your problem?

My problem is that I've never shined brightly enough
to be a star;
 never loved life enough 
to accept the burning end.

-

Tonight my skin soaks up regret like my eyes once soaked up beauty.

The author's comments:
All of it is real and none of it is true.

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on Aug. 11 2011 at 11:10 am
lauren.elizabeth. SILVER, Stockton, California
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Favorite Quote:
There is no right or wrong way to live. We simply just live.

This poem reminds me of many nights that I've spent alone, unhappy and confused. Beautifully written! Check out some of my work (:

on Aug. 10 2011 at 10:58 am
meganwagner21 PLATINUM, Old Bridge, New Jersey
42 articles 0 photos 139 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Sometimes good things have to fall apart so better things can fall together." -Marilyn Monroe
"Nobody can go back and make a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending." -Maria Robinson

the first verse is relly great. i absolutely love that. the last line is relly powerful as well. great job!

Mikaela GOLD said...
on Aug. 9 2011 at 11:40 pm
Mikaela GOLD, Bellingham, Washington
11 articles 29 photos 150 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Here I stand, I can do no other."

This is gorgeous - very thoughtful, very personal, very oneself. Keep writing like this!

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on Aug. 8 2011 at 2:56 pm
videotaped GOLD, Geneva, New York
19 articles 18 photos 14 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Hope and Memory have one daughter and her name is Art, and she has built her dwelling far from the desperate field where men hang out their garments upon forked boughs to be banners of battle. O beloved daughter of Hope and Memory, be with me for a little."
- The Celtic Twilight, W. B. Yeats

Thanks! That's actually a quote from the poet Sharon Olds.

on Aug. 8 2011 at 1:12 pm
Imaginedangerous PLATINUM, Riverton, Utah
31 articles 0 photos 404 comments
The first stanza was terrific. 'I am empty and burning but my throat is too full to swallow'- you captured it perfectly.

on Aug. 8 2011 at 11:47 am
ReasonablyUnreasonable GOLD, Clarkston, Michigan
14 articles 3 photos 13 comments

Favorite Quote:
"You can't get more real than Heaven and Hell"- My dad

I reallly, really, really, really, really, love your last line. "Tonight my skin soaks up regret like my eyes once soaked up beauty." That is pure genius. I'm giving this a 5/5!

AnonyMiss GOLD said...
on Aug. 7 2011 at 11:28 pm
AnonyMiss GOLD, Houston, Texas
16 articles 1 photo 30 comments
this is fantastic. although my favorite part might very be your comment in the quotation marks on the side. good job!


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