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There is going to be time to be webs,
the starred weathervane, plenty of time to be
bronze, or the machine that ruptures the picture
into a puzzle, to be famine that coaxes angels

out of their haze, so much time to be snail shells,
lupine seeds, fragments of exoskeletons, examined
and pinned, rustling at the past. Our records
misplaced in creases of wind.

We spent a lot of time wishing the cut pear
could return to itself without help, that its sections
might remember each other. We were devastated
that parts of us were loose, that a shape

could not survive without a shift.
We spent a lot of time waiting for the city to lift,
we spent a lot of time wishing for money
and paint and someone to take care of.

We wished ink into words, words to a mouth,
mouth to extended hand, that someone could not arrive
and depart in the same moment.
We wished for a collection of weather:

thunderclouds fastened beneath glass,
wind swirling in mason jars –
you wish I could remember feathers
without the bird cage, I wish you could fall asleep

without the chandelier on.
It is hard to achieve the quiet of an eyelash
or the swiftness of a fantail.
I wish for a cabinet full of color.

I wish for my ghost to bump into yours
when we cannot mutter about darkness
when you cannot play an instrument
to invoke anguish, when there is nothing

left to tarnish, or to taint

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category. This piece won the October 2008 Teen Ink Poetry Contest.




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malaya said...
May 28, 2012 at 8:43 pm:
this is gorgeous
 
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JamesODalaigh This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 21, 2011 at 1:09 pm:
wow, excellent poem. one of the best written poems I've come across!
 
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PGoody said...
Apr. 6, 2011 at 8:51 am:
Beautiful Imagery!
 
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HollerGirl26 said...
Jan. 30, 2011 at 6:56 pm:
Dude. I'm jel. Like deeyum! You know how to write! Your spacing and breaks were fabulous. Gave me chills ;) 
 
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miss-silverwing This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 24, 2010 at 10:31 am:

DAYUM. I really like this. There's something very eclectic about it, and I think a lesser poet would have let the almost stream-of-consciouness feel get out of hand, but you managed to keep it under control masterfully and beautifully. I'll have to read it again to really get it, I'm sure, but that's good. It's the kind of poem that makes you think.

Also, I like your line breaks. They emphasize important lines nicely without being too abrupt or awkward.

 
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TheAnonymousArtist said...
Jul. 16, 2010 at 3:07 pm:
Wow, a great poem. Its great to find at least a few peeps with some genuine talent. I applaud you!
 
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wefellinLAVA said...
Apr. 26, 2010 at 3:41 pm:
The way the words are put together is excellent.  This is the first piece I've read that I've bothered to comment on.  It's gorgeous, please keep writing.
 
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tempust said...
Nov. 13, 2009 at 4:39 pm:
Incredible poem with beautiful imagery! I love the alliteration and the repetition as well. Such a pretty piece. Every word is a song.
 
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Sally P. said...
May 5, 2009 at 11:59 pm:
wow this is really prety
 
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KathleenE. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 11, 2009 at 7:32 pm:
This is such a striking poem, as always. I love your imagery. For me, "you wish I could remember feathers
without the bird cage" was the most powerful line. I loved its creativity! Spectacular poem.
 
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TheAuthor said...
Dec. 16, 2008 at 4:52 pm:
Thank you for your kind comments--Mhahn, I wil definitely look into Kenneth, and if you have any other recommendations, I would be more than happy to hear!
 
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mhahn said...
Dec. 16, 2008 at 12:14 am:
Madeline B. You've got talent. Keep on writing. Read Kenneth Koch, if you haven't already. His books about poetry and his poems.
 
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tiger2012 said...
Nov. 25, 2008 at 6:38 pm:
i love it! nice work!
 
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H.Caebre said...
Nov. 17, 2008 at 4:24 am:
I really love certain lines of this poem, like "I wish you could fall asleep without the chandelier on" and
"we spent a lot of time wishing the cut pair..." but I think it's also sort of a buisy poem. If you eddited it down to a shorter length, then I think each line would stand out more, get the attention it deserves. You have a wonderful way with words though.
 
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ak92092 said...
Nov. 14, 2008 at 2:12 pm:
wow. i was entranced while reading this
 
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rockinitout said...
Oct. 27, 2008 at 8:08 pm:
This poem got me to think, which I love about it. Great job with the enjambment--flows nicely.
 
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