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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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psych123 said...
Dec. 2, 2008 at 2:54 pm:
seriously this is so good. great job girl.
 
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colormeblue said...
Dec. 2, 2008 at 2:52 pm:
:D awesome.
 
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adrian10 said...
Dec. 2, 2008 at 2:51 pm:
Love this.
 
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lovehater24 said...
Dec. 2, 2008 at 5:11 am:
i would give you 20 million stars
 
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dgfil;jASDHFlhjsdafhdfhghlkadjsfgjashdfhglajhsdfg said...
Dec. 4, 2008 at 6:47 pm:
well I thought that is was kinda strange but I liked it
 
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crich897 said...
Dec. 4, 2008 at 6:36 pm:
Wow, this piece is terrific! I absolutely love the way that you convey your ideas and the free flowing, natural progression of the piece. "after hours of scratching the stars away
from the sky with my fingertips
to cusp them inside of my hands
and feel their light." -- that part blew me away. What stunning imagery! Keep it up, for sure.
 
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soccerswim said...
Dec. 5, 2008 at 3:39 pm:
i liked the message to the poem.
 
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author of the poems, "The Real Me," &quo said...
Nov. 26, 2008 at 10:40 pm:
I really liked your poem...it was REALLY good....ur a good writer...keep it up! =)
 
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deadella said...
Nov. 26, 2008 at 8:55 pm:
I love this poem. Its so beautiful! good job!
 
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f.t.s.a. said...
Nov. 26, 2008 at 7:15 pm:
this was very good.. I loved the imagry and phrasing! you had me hooked
 
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