Everything Beneath This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category.

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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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foxy123 said...
Jan. 10, 2009 at 8:27 pm
i love to look at this
Boo! Im a ghost, feel free to shoot me. said...
Jan. 10, 2009 at 4:57 am
I personally, am not a religious person and don't really enjoy reading of the such, but this...
This was amazing! I'm usually a rather hard person to impress, I'll admit, but this is an entire thing all its own! I am BEYOND impressed, I'm in awe! =D The imagry and word choice was very unique! Whatever you do, DONT STOP WRITING!!! Or else everyone will be very sad because we will be missing out on your wonderful writing. lolz! *applause* X]
AndItIsReal said...
Jan. 8, 2009 at 2:55 pm
I think this poem is absolutley wonderful.
This imagery and wording were great.
I am still working through my doubts in my beliefs, but the overall message of this poem was powerful, the words weaved with hope, and also insighful.
Brilliant job Edye, I am very impressed and captured by your work.
periwinkleanonemay said...
Dec. 27, 2008 at 5:21 am
It is very strong and powerful. You have a talent and its well used
kmc24 said...
Dec. 27, 2008 at 1:20 am
this is beautiful! I love the message
and the elements u used 2 potray it. Great job! PLEASE continue to write because you're amazing(:
Stormy15 said...
Dec. 26, 2008 at 8:30 pm
I like the meaning of this poem but the rest was kinda wierd
inkstain said...
Dec. 26, 2008 at 7:44 pm
I've heard the saying before and never given it a second thought, but this poem caught my attention and held it. Great :]
harley said...
Dec. 23, 2008 at 5:12 pm
loved it!!!!!!!!!!
Elisha said...
Dec. 23, 2008 at 3:29 pm
This is a great poem. The imagery is awesome, and the meaning of it is FANTASTIC.
sayaex said...
Dec. 23, 2008 at 3:10 am
this poem is beautiful. i can really connect with it
rachel h. said...
Dec. 20, 2008 at 11:20 pm
this is an amazing poem.
neveragain said...
Dec. 18, 2008 at 4:37 pm
This poem reaches beneath my soul to grab my attention. it's beautiful :)
christianchik said...
Dec. 30, 2008 at 1:48 am
wow, i love this. i tried to write a couple poems about how much god means to me but i never succeded. you did it for me! god bless you, it is people like you who can spread his name with the gift he gave you!
Truthwillprevail replied...
Dec. 2, 2009 at 12:33 pm
Christianchik, i encourage you to keep writing about what God means to you! Use past experiences, thoughts and Bible verses to make your writing stronger and easier to relate to. Don't forget to write from your heart!!
duckie430 said...
Dec. 17, 2008 at 7:39 pm
i love this!!!
crich897 said...
Dec. 13, 2008 at 4:07 am
Just read this piece again in the magazine. It blew me away again, of course. :)
Godlover said...
Dec. 10, 2008 at 6:12 pm
this is good
i can tell what you
are trying to say!
ak92092 said...
Dec. 10, 2008 at 5:23 pm
wow this was incredible. great job
emmakate24 said...
Dec. 1, 2008 at 5:19 pm
This is ridiculous. It's...fantastic. Maybe even Amazing.
withingivenspace1 said...
Dec. 1, 2008 at 3:35 pm
I just love this piece- the initial quotations, the religious tone. Fine work.
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