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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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kheart said...
Jan. 28, 2010 at 4:01 pm:
Beautiful and amazing! Please check out my poems and rate and post comments! Thanks and Great Job!
 
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AprilMeurer said...
Jan. 28, 2010 at 2:36 pm:
Amazingly beautiful. I feel inspired.
 
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IAMFREEANDLOVED said...
Jan. 13, 2010 at 5:43 am:
completely beautiful. i'm going to think about this the whole day. i love it i love it i love it
 
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sasssgirrrl22 said...
Dec. 15, 2009 at 8:35 pm:
completely amazing;)
 
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Love_Me_Not said...
Dec. 15, 2009 at 4:31 pm:
Hey. You've definately got talent. I love the emotion you put behind it. I wouldn't change much about it. I hope you keep your talent with you wherever you go. It'sperfect. Keep it up!
 
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Angel4u said...
Dec. 15, 2009 at 10:37 am:
Very emotional...I really like it !.....
Keep on writing .....great...
 
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chrisbriones said...
Dec. 5, 2009 at 12:42 pm:
selfless, yearning, giving, wanting, craving, undisputed-- love.
I digress in adherence to your art.
 
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heart_on_my_sleeve said...
Nov. 23, 2009 at 7:33 pm:
This is a beautifully written poem. Stunning, stunning, stunning! Keep writing!
 
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randomperson_003 said...
Nov. 23, 2009 at 12:20 pm:
one word.... AMAZING =)
 
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Ms.me_2 said...
Nov. 19, 2009 at 5:58 pm:
I am at a loss for words...well one word comes to mind and that word is astoundig. The way it flowed and the vocabulary used...this really was astounding.
 
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ColeN.Kuznia said...
Nov. 10, 2009 at 10:08 am:
Beautiful flow and word choice nice work, please leave comments on some of my work it would be greatly appreciated=]
 
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Paig3Cagl3 said...
Nov. 5, 2009 at 2:55 pm:
This poem has great flow and insight.
I really enjoyed it.
Lovely poem darling =]
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Still.Searching said...
Nov. 5, 2009 at 9:57 am:
amazing piece its beautiful and well-written!
check out some of my poetry please!
 
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Crimson_Silence said...
Nov. 1, 2009 at 11:12 pm:
I forgot where I was for a moment after reading this, it's so delicately nostalgic; It's beautiful.
 
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EcoWriter3 said...
Oct. 9, 2009 at 8:22 pm:
I am at loss for words.
Look up the word "astonishing" in a thesaurus or at thesaurus.com. Those are all the words I use to describe this.
 
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Ruthey This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 9, 2009 at 3:41 pm:
hey!
loved this. absolutely. 100%. best thing ive ever read on here.
you must have spent ages on this, its so delicate and beautiful. its excellently seamless, there's not one bad spot in it!!
dont worry when people tell you its too confusing and they dont know what it means, i get that all the time, i just remember, "a poem should not mean, but be"
:)
good luck with your writing x
 
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Aro_To_The_Heart This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 9, 2009 at 10:52 am:
Great work. Such poetic genius. Keep on fellow writer, keep on. Can't waqit to read more.
 
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writer24/7/365 said...
Sept. 16, 2009 at 7:07 am:
this is very good. i'd say more, but everyone else has used up all the good comments i can think of!
 
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KatieLynn said...
Aug. 24, 2009 at 1:15 am:
Very well-written, and has good flow!
 
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krysling said...
Aug. 21, 2009 at 11:07 pm:
beautiful. unspeakab;y amazing. very well written.
 
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