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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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SOSaiXD This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 13, 2010 at 8:16 pm:
That really touched me. Your  descriptive words and mimetics gave such imagery and feeling.
 
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XxX?ToXic8 said...
Apr. 13, 2010 at 1:04 pm:
this was really beautiful. just the words and the flow really sticks  in my head, i love it.. you should keep writing.
 
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Court-Dingo said...
Apr. 13, 2010 at 12:51 pm:
Incredible! That really has a lot of meaning and I think you should keep writing these poems. They really speak to my heart, Thanks!
 
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Liquid_Sky This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 22, 2010 at 5:15 pm:
AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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TNT25 said...
Feb. 28, 2010 at 2:40 pm:
Simply great.
 
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graciie said...
Jan. 2, 2010 at 4:14 pm:
this is beyond amazing.
you have mad talent
 
cgm093 replied...
Jan. 15, 2010 at 5:15 pm :
this is really great. I love the whimsical feel when the poem begins and how you relate it to something so close to you. great job
 
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Truthwillprevail said...
Dec. 2, 2009 at 12:38 pm:
Edye, this is beyond amazing! I love how you decided to make gentle movements and just sit and feel God! His Word does say to "Be still and know I am God" and I believe with writing this you have done just that! The Lord has given you a fantastic talent to share with the world! I can't believe how many comments you have either! And to all those who say they aren't 'religous', this isn't about religion. Its about a relationship.
 
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Paig3Cagl3 said...
Nov. 9, 2009 at 2:47 pm:
This poem has great flow and insight.
I really enjoyed it.
Lovely poem darling =]
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LilaEnvyy This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 25, 2009 at 6:28 pm:
<3. awesome. :)
 
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Sadandstrangebeauty22 said...
Sept. 25, 2009 at 11:29 am:
You have explained your faith in a way that people can understand and connect to. I love it!
 
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Joegirl2418 said...
Aug. 26, 2009 at 5:22 pm:
wow absolutely wonderful, definitely one of the best poems i've read on teen ink! thanks =]
 
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dying.star said...
Aug. 26, 2009 at 9:06 am:
good job
 
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In_Love_Loved said...
Aug. 26, 2009 at 1:38 am:
I am moved by this.
 
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BreeLynne27 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 4, 2009 at 3:27 am:
love this. its beautiful
 
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Twilightnme said...
May 21, 2009 at 3:55 am:
O my goodness. I am touched. I truly am... It is amazing, and breath taking. I really enjoyed reading it. This is peacefull, and engulfing at the same time...
 
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Claire said...
Apr. 20, 2009 at 3:03 am:
beautiful :)
 
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SaraB. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 19, 2009 at 1:24 am:
I love your poem. It's really inspiring that so many people would respond to something religious, I didn't expect that. Keep the faith people!
 
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meredith P. said...
Apr. 11, 2009 at 10:32 pm:
i got 1 word for you.....AMAZING!!!!!=-)
 
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dandelionfriday said...
Mar. 22, 2009 at 6:00 am:
This poem...it's just amazing. I was reading through all of these but yours really touched me. Thank you so much for this- keep writing!
 
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