The Love of This World This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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All the good in me unlaced I pull what I own across the floor,
books devoured to the spine, impressions the knees of my jeans
have made of kneeling, my ghosts of ghosts, the saint who is namesake.

I lay it out. A turtle can lay one hundred
thirty-seven eggs in the hollows of trash-filled beaches
and pray her young into the foam

and I know how she judges her almost-gone
with the shell’s first clean fracture, and how much she holds
when she owns nothing and watches it race away.

I line it up for you, lay it down, armfuls, fistfuls,
incalculable catalogues of rinsed fingerprints
released, as they are back-breaking, as this convex shell

is enough, as the body becomes the loudest resonating
home where I deadlock roomfuls of possessions,
where my valuables belong so unbearably to me

that they are not mine. And because I want to float
I lay them down, the swatches of fabric, the memories of places
I swore I had owned so wholly I felt them through to the relics,

laid down, the hopes I hold for the ones I’d kill to own
who swim between combs of aimless currents,
of whom I am no owner, of what I am no mother

I lay them out for you. And as the sea holds
each embryo to the memory of one
original shell, I am unforgivably enamored

with the ownership of all.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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OldYoungOne said...
Nov. 26, 2012 at 9:25 pm
It is very nice.
remember16 said...
Nov. 5, 2012 at 12:52 pm
really really really good poem i enjoyed reading it you should cheak out some of my work.
Kavon said...
Nov. 5, 2012 at 7:17 am
You made such an adnormal metaphor about the sea turtle laying eggs into GENIUS POETRY!!!
sophza said...
Jan. 2, 2012 at 11:28 am
The images are great, and the meaning is very original.
Loserrr122 said...
Nov. 22, 2011 at 8:09 pm
Amazing, I have nothing to say and I normaly have alot to say.
RedFeather said...
Oct. 28, 2011 at 7:58 am
All I can say is WOW. This is great. Great words. Great perspective. Great poem - keep writing.
heather_marie said...
Oct. 6, 2011 at 10:10 am
wow im at a loss of words!
Alekanekalia replied...
Oct. 7, 2011 at 7:16 pm
this is a great poem
Rowan_E_Delany said...
Oct. 4, 2011 at 7:24 pm
This is really, really, really good.  Keep it up.  I hope i'll be just as good someday.
WeAllBurn said...
Sept. 14, 2011 at 12:06 pm
no words to say. this is breathtaking. amazing. <3
letitgo17 said...
Jul. 22, 2011 at 9:31 pm
wow...this is amazing. thank you for sharing it and please keep writing. this is beautiful and though-provoking.
ElleNicole said...
Jul. 10, 2011 at 1:23 pm
This is really good. =)
remembermeplz said...
Jul. 8, 2011 at 10:00 pm


that its so so very beautiful! so amazing =D

beautifulxdisaster said...
May 25, 2011 at 9:02 am
blonde_with_brains said...
May 19, 2011 at 10:44 am
Left me speechless 0_o
jaaaws_17 said...
May 5, 2011 at 10:54 am
We should construct a poem together. I really like your work. :)
HannahD26 said...
May 5, 2011 at 7:47 am
Absolutely beautiful.....just beautiful!
Maggie G. said...
Feb. 28, 2011 at 8:09 pm
Beautiful.........I dont know how else to describe it, just beautiful.
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