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July 8, 2013
By alihadley14 GOLD, Glasford, Illinois
alihadley14 GOLD, Glasford, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
"Truth is, everyone's going to hurt you, you just have to find the ones worth suffering for." -Bob Marley
"At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet." -Plato

Take this rock off of my rooftop
Before the ceiling comes crashing down
And crushes the little that's left.
You're just a crack.
One that I incessantly repair,
Afraid of deception leaking through,
Terrified of nothing being there.
But it's inevitable.
The contractor said
This house is a waste.
It wasn't built upon a sturdy base.
It was forcefully thrown together
Out of fear of having
Nowhere to go at all.

After I re-plaster the ceiling,
The basement floods
Or the electricity goes out.
So I mop.
I fix the circuit breaker.
I put the effort in
To keep it all in tact.
But then that primary, subtle crack
Expands I to a portal
That everything falls into
And unveils what's
Underneath the floorboards
And behind these battered walls.

So I plaster.
And I mop.
I fix the circuit breaker.
Plaster, mop, breaker, sweep, hammer, drill, paint.

And even though it's still standing,
It's just a house with a crack
That will never be repaired
Until I get a new roof.

The author's comments:
It's about a toxic relationship in which I was the only one who tried and fixed things.

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on Jul. 1 2014 at 10:16 pm
Sierra_Reigns SILVER, Burnham, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
Not until we are lost do we begin to find ourselves.
-Henry David Thoreau

I cannot express how much I admire this poem! I believe that there is one error but I still understand its beauty. Wonderful!