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“we have yet to break the surface”
I whispered
after hours of scratching the stars away
from the sky with my fingertips
to cusp them inside of my hands
and feel their light.

I had every intention of stripping
the darkness from the night –
of pulling the constellations away
from their imprints within the atmosphere
to reveal Him

because years ago,
Father had told me that
“God is in everything”

and from then on,
I chose to move my body gently and eat slowly,
to swallow Eucharist
in the smallest of pieces
and nibble timidly around

the cores of peaches in the case that
He was within its pit, and
whenever I close my lips –
I can feel Him extend His legs,
pinned in all directions beneath my tongue,
shaping my words from biblical psalm,
pulling sin in strands of prayer
from the lining of my throat …

I can always feel him,
not heavy of a burden
but wise,
spread evenly about my skin,
in everything I see and touch …

holding Him, the stars, my pulse,
parts of Him,
inside my hand
realizing that no battle had ever
been fought and won alone.

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 December 2008 Teen Ink Poetry Contest.




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irishlass317This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Jul. 27, 2012 at 1:15 pm:
This is soooooo amazing. I am Catholic, and I think that this is so inspiring and comforting!! :-) <3
 
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ImJustAGuy said...
Mar. 17, 2012 at 1:10 pm:
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lexophile12 said...
Jan. 11, 2012 at 3:23 pm:
This piece is absolutely beautiful. You have a knack for taking abstract and indescribable concepts and weaving them into an elaborate work of art that reflects the clearness of your vision and the solid strength of your belief. It is my prayer to write this way. Thank you for this.
 
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sophza said...
Nov. 26, 2011 at 11:19 pm:
My favorite line was "pulling sin in strands of prayer from the lining of my throat" It's so tangible, it helps me to understand how you feel about god. You don't have to beleive to appreciate this poem. I don't, but it was beautiful to see why others do.
 
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WhittyKittyThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 7, 2011 at 4:28 pm:
That's awesome! Keep it up!
 
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amesgriffey said...
Nov. 6, 2011 at 10:45 am:
I LOVE that you wrote about God and about how He guides you. I know you are a true follower. Keep up the great work:)
 
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Crogirl said...
Nov. 6, 2011 at 7:14 am:
I just wanted to say that I loved your poem and I'm really glad that you wrote about religion and God (and that you feel that way about it), not many people does that. Also, the last part was the best to me.
 
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xximjustmexx said...
Oct. 15, 2011 at 3:05 pm:
I only like the first verse. The rest of this really bothers me because I personally believe that there is no god.
 
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Lucky said...
Aug. 11, 2011 at 1:37 am:
This is a wonderful piece!
 
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hallison said...
Jul. 19, 2011 at 11:46 pm:
Soooo, those last two lines alone really got me. This poem is very resourceful. If your goal was to reach people, I think you did it.
 
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LunaIsNotHere said...
Jun. 27, 2011 at 10:03 pm:
Loved it! Thanks for posting:)
 
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JustAnotherOwl said...
Jun. 5, 2011 at 11:20 am:
I really enjoyed this. I'm not usually into religious writings, but this was really beautiful and the choice words was incredible! (:
 
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H0peF1ames said...
May 14, 2011 at 3:23 pm:
Very great use and choice of words. Its so powerful!
 
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xMeadowx said...
May 7, 2011 at 1:56 pm:
Although I'm not usually into religious themed things, I really loved this. It was beautiful and well written. Your writing is amazing. Keep it up! You're going to go far with it.
 
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lala15 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 22, 2011 at 4:07 pm:
the religious element makes the poetic parts really stand out loved it!
 
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xBaByGiRrL22xThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Mar. 9, 2011 at 8:21 pm:
so beautiful and serene. The whole thing is about God, and it's very meaningful. Almost relaxing, in a way. great job:)
 
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Derya I. said...
Jan. 24, 2011 at 5:10 pm:
i love how this poem is about god and its very meaningful
 
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lilmo23 said...
Jan. 24, 2011 at 11:16 am:
hey this is really good! luv the last line.
 
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MRose911 said...
Jan. 2, 2011 at 2:25 am:
This is absolutely amazing!!
 
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ChyChy said...
Nov. 23, 2010 at 11:44 pm:

I love the line "after hours of scratching the stars away."

:)

 
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