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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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David S. said...
Mar. 16, 2009 at 1:53 am:
I loved your poem. Wonderful use of imagery. I'm curious if I'm right in my interpretation. Are you trying to say that you feel that all your material possesions are burdens to you, but the products of your life and so therefore a part of you that you now must sadly give away so that you may be free?
 
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paper fat said...
Mar. 8, 2009 at 4:19 am:
i saw a turtle hatch once, at a small cedar lake in new jersey. it was beautiful, and very much like this. you're always wonderful, dearest.
 
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x___Lou said...
Mar. 7, 2009 at 10:13 pm:
this is lovely. so lovely.
 
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wordisbird said...
Mar. 7, 2009 at 6:12 pm:
so gorgeous i love it
 
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emilym54 said...
Mar. 7, 2009 at 5:37 pm:
Absolutely incredible.
 
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lolirue said...
Mar. 7, 2009 at 3:08 pm:
The best sort of thing to wake up to. Wonderful, as always.
 
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Kayla said...
Mar. 7, 2009 at 1:56 pm:
This was really great!!! I love everything about it, my favorite lines were "I line it up for you, lay it down, armfuls, fistfuls,
incalculable catalogs of rinsed fingerprints
released"
 
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whiteteethxx said...
Mar. 7, 2009 at 1:38 pm:
That was really, really beautiful. I love the theme, and your allusions.
 
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lastseptember said...
Mar. 7, 2009 at 7:17 am:
this is so, so, beautiful.
 
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aimerific said...
Mar. 7, 2009 at 3:00 am:
I like the last (full) stanza a lot. Unbelievable.
 
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luna said...
Mar. 7, 2009 at 12:29 am:
makes me think. a lot.
this is magnificent.
 
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teaparteas said...
Mar. 6, 2009 at 9:52 pm:
this is written in such a unique but still captivating.

i loved this, a lot.
 
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Nightwolf said...
Mar. 6, 2009 at 9:43 pm:
This is so very beautiful.
 
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roohead said...
Mar. 6, 2009 at 9:09 pm:
awesome... keep on truckin'!
 
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=D =D =D said...
Mar. 4, 2009 at 3:25 pm:
This is really amazing
 
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<3_brkn_Again! said...
Mar. 3, 2009 at 10:12 pm:
That was amazing you really pour your heart out. It's amazing keep it up!
 
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kissingdawn331 said...
Mar. 3, 2009 at 8:26 pm:
i loved it...You do photography too?wow amazing
 
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AnnaD said...
Feb. 24, 2009 at 8:25 pm:
Really makes you think. Great literary elements; imagery and stuff. Flows so nicely and really takes on a new meaning to each person who reads it. :-)
 
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AndThisIsReal said...
Feb. 24, 2009 at 4:01 pm:
This is fantatsic.
Every word artfully shaped and strung together at the end.
 
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Kaii Tii (L) said...
Feb. 24, 2009 at 2:11 pm:
I love what you wrote on this poem it exspressed everything,and made me feel like you and me were best friend ,Like you knew me ..and all who I stand for thanks for saying those true and amazng words ...I really liked reading your poem..
 
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