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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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imrighthereyouknow said...
Jan. 15, 2011 at 5:29 pm:

amazing.

I love the end- "and as the see holds each embryo to the memory of one original shell, I am unforgivably enamored with the ownership of all."

 
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Kayleigh13 said...
Jan. 11, 2011 at 10:08 am:
That was great!!  Keep writing!
 
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Aradhana V. said...
Dec. 24, 2010 at 10:51 am:
It is sweet
 
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Weston H. said...
Dec. 24, 2010 at 4:18 am:
I love it!
 
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Evaine said...
Dec. 12, 2010 at 8:57 am:
woah! i really liked how -in your own way - really expressed your concerns for the earth and how we should deal with it.
 
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EmotionsCrave said...
Dec. 2, 2010 at 1:38 pm:
This Is AMAZING!!! Plezzzzzz Keep Writing i beg of you i would love 2 see more of ur work i JustLOVVEEE this one!
 
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borii17 said...
Nov. 10, 2010 at 10:15 pm:
i just loveeee itttt 
 
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birdiecani said...
Nov. 10, 2010 at 10:10 am:
this is awesome. yay for the turtles.
 
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nikkigonefishin said...
Oct. 19, 2010 at 9:49 pm:
this is perhaps the most honest poem ive read. its expresses how we as humans have the responsibility to look after this earth and we r not dng a good job. i really like ur poem bc u r indirectly spreading that message in an eloquent way. keep writing :)
 
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MsChels101 said...
Oct. 19, 2010 at 3:05 pm:
People are ruining this. People are ruining this world. The love we all share is so thinly spread and I am about to just give up with this place. Im gonna build a plane and fly so far away. People amaze me with so much hatred I have seen in this life, I am ashamed to be called Human. .. Makes me wanna be called an Alien.
 
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carter said...
Oct. 3, 2010 at 2:04 pm:
i realy like this poem its amazing its perfect
 
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dayday said...
Sept. 5, 2010 at 6:19 pm:
its 2 much
 
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choirchic101 said...
Jul. 26, 2010 at 10:12 pm:
I honestly do not understand it but thats just me
 
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Allya said...
Apr. 26, 2010 at 4:25 pm:
This is beautiful. It doesn't seem like teen poetry, which can often be forced or rushed, it's melodic and perfect. This may be my favorite poem I've ever read.
 
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realvampire said...
Apr. 4, 2010 at 1:45 pm:
well worded and i like how you used the turtles in it. One of my favorites
 
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SolvoAnimus said...
Mar. 19, 2010 at 3:06 am:
it felt like i was cruising thru your mind...Jus
 
SolvoAnimus replied...
Mar. 19, 2010 at 3:06 am :
*t Amazing
 
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***3Lli3*** said...
Feb. 19, 2010 at 2:43 pm:
wow this is really good.! I have a lot of poems that are like this please check them out and tell me how u like them.! :)
 
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abeatlesfan65 said...
Feb. 9, 2010 at 8:04 pm:
upon this View-
a verse so perfect
aspire anew-
a thought to ressurect
what joy, oh joy!
depth of verse to disect
I offer this to you:
a plea to continue,
for you, Muses have wept,
sweet drops of purity;
might you my offer accept,
though,
I would think it none a rarity,
if, as I suspect,
past precedent correct,
your verse's great clarity
resides beyond your shadow's throw... (more »)
 
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greg9381 said...
Feb. 1, 2010 at 6:06 pm:
absolutely amazing.
 
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