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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.

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sallyloco said...
Jun. 11, 2009 at 7:50 pm:
Umm... i was just as confused as mariamarie i read it through twice and thought it was pretty but i couldnt catch on to what was going on.
 
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Kiersten.p.o said...
Jun. 11, 2009 at 4:25 pm:
your poem was really great. i'd say the end is a bit better than the beginning only cuz it's more powerful.i had to read it 2ice cuz i was a little confused but hey, i get it now and it's amaazing.
(and i can also be sumwat of a airhead!! LOL :P)
keep writing!!
if you could, could you check out my stuff?
oh, rite, congrats on making "most popular!!"
kiersten
 
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lovehate29This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 11, 2009 at 11:44 am:
This is truly astonishing. You had my attention from the first word. I really like how your word choice makes this piece flow like a sweet melody. Good job!
 
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KICK3593 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 15, 2009 at 2:01 am:
Harsh, penetrating, and insistant. You belong in some sort of proffessional writing class, (I mean by social class sort of thing).
 
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queenskyegirl said...
May 15, 2009 at 1:24 am:
I luv this poem. Its powerful and awesome. I really really like it.
 
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Olympians said...
May 14, 2009 at 1:10 pm:
kool beans man kool beans.. that was nice work
 
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Talia J. said...
May 14, 2009 at 1:01 pm:
This poem was beautifully descriptive and very touching. Loved it!
 
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LikeBam! said...
May 14, 2009 at 1:57 am:
very intelligent
 
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MariaMarie This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 14, 2009 at 10:30 pm:
This piece was OK.. i love the sea and the description. Your talented with symbolism. I'm hoping that i'm taking this the right way. I read it through twice but it's a tad confusing for me.
 
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~blackrose~ said...
Jun. 11, 2009 at 8:28 pm:
wow! i love the way you set a mood and tone. i love your word choice and the dialogue. keep up the great work. this made me really think about what it was saying which is what i ove in a poem. excellent job.
 
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Jilybeanrb This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 4, 2009 at 12:56 am:
This is incredible. You have a very powerful and unique voice. Your word choice is amazing; I love the details. The beginning was a bit difficult to read, but it all flows very well after that. Congrats on being most popular (:
 
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victoria H. said...
Apr. 3, 2009 at 10:21 pm:
omg, i absolutely loved this.. it touched me.. your a wonderful writer. [x
 
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Ray S. said...
Apr. 3, 2009 at 5:37 pm:
Very nice. I love it, the way you worded every line. amazing, my favorite verse is 5-7. Keep up these amazing poems please.
 
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brooke.is.gone. said...
Mar. 28, 2009 at 2:57 am:
wow. i love this, like a lot. it's so freakin' powerful. very nice, you're a wonderful writer.
 
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firstsnowfalls This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 26, 2009 at 6:53 pm:
This is beautiful. I can feel the emotion in every line. It is very powerful. Great job :)
 
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Brooklyn said...
Mar. 22, 2009 at 6:57 am:
Absolutely gorgeous
simply amazing
i just love it
You write poetry like I do, free verse with spacing to emphasize ideas
at least i think thats how you meant it

regarde et ecrit ma poetry si'l vous plait
(look and read my poetry please) lol
:P
 
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MisS.Lorena said...
Mar. 22, 2009 at 4:08 am:
Great! wonderful! SPECTACULAR :)
 
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fizzywizzyrootbeer said...
Mar. 20, 2009 at 1:02 am:
beautiful!
 
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Stephy F. said...
Mar. 20, 2009 at 12:28 am:
This is very lovley. It touched me in the heart. It was amazing and its one of the best types of poems :] the ones that really mean something.
 
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AlligatorStar said...
Mar. 16, 2009 at 4:06 pm:
Really good =]
 
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