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what i stayed awake for

April 29, 2013
By migwam ELITE, Tumwater, Washington
migwam ELITE, Tumwater, Washington
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Favorite Quote:
"Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present." --Marcus Aurelius


i stayed awake for the stars and they
did not disappoint;
they followed me around
like bright spirits,
silver in a sea of empty night
yeah I watched as the sun bade goodbye
to the sky
leaving a blue glow nestled in the crook
of a giant’s shoulder
and small burning angels stole heaven
i stayed awake to pass through
the town where you
were staying
and the sleeping streetlights told me
you knew that i was there
so I put a hundred miles of mountains in between us
yeah I put a hundred miles
of mountains in between us
and watched the moon get good and drunk
on silence.



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on Jun. 23 2013 at 11:52 am
candlelightwriter GOLD, Kirksville, Missouri
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Favorite Quote:
"Secretly we're all a little more absurd than we make ourselves out to be"-- J.K. Rowling.

Dear sweet goodness, I love this poem. Good flow, good words, good emotion. This is the kind of poem I wish I could turn into a song and stuff in a little box and whenever I need a boost or a little inspiration I'll just open the little box and listen to these words trill me their sweet melody of lovliness (ok that was a really round about way of saying awesome job ;D)

migwam ELITE said...
on May. 7 2013 at 2:21 pm
migwam ELITE, Tumwater, Washington
240 articles 20 photos 152 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present." --Marcus Aurelius

"Tawny/obese" NICE xD

Mckay ELITE said...
on May. 6 2013 at 2:13 pm
Mckay ELITE, Somewhere, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
"The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do."
—Apple’s “Think Different” commercial, 1997
“Crazy people are considered mad by the rest of the society only because their intelligence isn't understood.”
― Weihui Zhou

Well "Radiohead/caffeine/tiredness", that'll do it for you. I'm glad I got somewhat of the essence of this poem. I hope everything  works out with your friend. I love those nights when the moon is just tawny and obese, hanging like a pendant or a pendulum with the stars speckling the night around it. Too bad we don't get that many nights here. Oh well.

migwam ELITE said...
on May. 6 2013 at 12:22 pm
migwam ELITE, Tumwater, Washington
240 articles 20 photos 152 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present." --Marcus Aurelius

You got thie jiiist of it.   Basically just a Radiohead/caffeine/tiredness poem, haha.   I was going home late at night from a road trip, it was around 1 am. A very close friend of mine was staying in the city we were passing through, and we were talking the entire time, so it was interesting to be close to someone both physically and emotionally, though the physical is just passing for now. My feelings for the person were strong, but not strong enough to make me feel like I should sit there and wish I was still in the city with him, so I put a hundred miles of mountains in between us, knowing I'd see him again soon.   And the moon was big and yellow and just beginning to wane, so it looked drunk, and everything was peaceful.  

Mckay ELITE said...
on May. 5 2013 at 7:31 pm
Mckay ELITE, Somewhere, Virginia
146 articles 0 photos 2260 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do."
—Apple’s “Think Different” commercial, 1997
“Crazy people are considered mad by the rest of the society only because their intelligence isn't understood.”
― Weihui Zhou

You are a perfectionist with poetry. It seems, excuse me—it always gets better, as if it had to be better. The images you paint imbued with your heartfelt emotion just created picturesque portraits in my mind. Hmm...now, I will try to interpret this. First, the speaker is happy that he or she to see the magnificence of the night's beauty. As the stars overhead twinkle in the great swarthy expanse. Then he or she passes by a perhaps former lover's house, which is somewhat stalker-ish, but hey, I think all poeple who have broken-up have done it once or twice. But this person soon realizes that it's not worth persuing this other person anymore. So, he or she decides to distants him- or herself from their former love, as she or he "watched the moon get good and drunk/ on slinece." That last two lines gives the whole poem a tranquil feel to it, as if it bids the reader a gentle good night. Great work as always. Hope my interpretation wasn't too far out.