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  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    I am from musty leather-bound books. A world of raw salty oceans and vine-engulfed jungles. A land of pages where I can fly high if only I believe. I am from Hogwarts, the North Pole, Kalamazoo or the Great Barrier Reef. I am from anywhere and everywhere I can imagine. I am from this very ro...
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    You twist the key and are greeted by Furry paws kneading into the denim of your jeans. The squeaks of your rained-on shoe soles Mingle among the tinkling of the ID tags dangling from his neck. The neck you can barely see beneath layer after layer of his coat, So overgrown and gnarled, but ...
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    just as human as you, I was made and christened me, as the rest of the weary parents cried in delight or bliss at what they alone and together had created, cells sewn with love or coercion, each child hand-stitched but with fervent care. and I was welcomed and graced with charged words, as bea...
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    Today is first day of school number six. Even though I've been to five other schools within the past four years, those first few steps onto the cool tiled floor are always tough. The first few breaths of air laced with lemon-scented detergent always sting your lungs painfully. Even worse is the...
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    Crawling up the cottage fence, Your weeds entangle and ensnare, Their pestilent intent resolute. They wind tighter as I struggle To tear down these tendrils of our heartstrings. Dousing them in poison, pruning them From every dank corner in which they thrive, I thought for sure they would h...
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    Although their suits are not quite so pressed, Their shoes were rather shiny. And the class of said perfection Turned a cheek to all their minions, Who pitched green glances in reply. Although their minds are not quite yet formed, With their conferencing, Decision, creation, exposed thinki...
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    Margaret put the baby down to sleep, turning her face upward, blessing the heavens for every moment of blissful silence was gifted. The infant was still in his crib, on his back on the worn cloth mattress. He curled his pudgy fingers around the wooden rails. Margaret sighed in relief, hoping that s...
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    The girl at the smoothie stand is at it again. Stripping down half a dozen barely ripe bananas, Drenching them in juice and sweet nectar, Rocketing ice down afterward. She flicks the switch and commences the tempest. The chunks shake and splat against the thin ­plastic walls. Scuffling for ...
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    A silence, Growing vibrant Brighter in your eyes, Saturating, louder now, Taking charge stealing minds, Edging across our sights, Rich and full and heated. A silence like cracks of light, Few and far between the time, Wiring our jaws, Biding our lives, Keeping the fire alight. Painle...
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    Wash your hands of it all, Get the dirt out from under your nails, (you don’t want it getting in your ingredients) In a bowl, start with three heaping cups of cute outfits, Add in a dozen early mornings, perfecting your hair and makeup. (It’s okay if it’s still a little lumpy.) A pinch o...
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    For reasons unbeknownst, I dream about introducing you to my parents. Perhaps it’s because I know you already have planned just what you’ll say; You know just how to impress them, The blubbering graciousness and the handshakes and all. Yet in every one of my imaginings, you blunder. You go...
  • Poetry > Haiku
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    What if silences, Were enough to pull us through, All the time between?...
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    When I tell people that I want to be a poet, They smirk, Or nod, Or wish me luck, As though I’ll need it, As though it is not a legitimate career choice. I know then – they do not understand. I am a scientist. I measure words as they measure sulfuric acid – Very. Carefully. I am...
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    In October, when the bites of leaves against our boot soles fill the air, You will walk me home, Our arms linked instead of hands grasped, You’ll let me borrow your hat, And a degree or two of your restful warmth. In October, when the days are short and time is always running out, We’ll ...
  • Poetry > Sonnet
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    I wake at six, brush teeth, comb hair, and dress. The moon still out, I feel school’s rigid lock. For seven hours, from life I must digress Search for the key and scrutinize the clock. Act right, be true, fit into this stiff mold. Forget yourself; lose all for these four years. And while t...
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    Each step I take is limited by you. Each breath of air not quite as whole or deep. I’m boxed in by your minute cube of blue. These nightmares ever-present in my sleep. Tracked by you, my feet fixed to the floor. To run for running’s sake would only mar. Your shadows thick and steady, in ...
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    Our attentions are torn away from the board, From the chalked out calculus problems that at some point, Became more letters than numbers. We are mesmerized by the world outside: It has begun. A million frozen prisms, Their icy architectures inimitable, Gushing down to line the sidewalks in l...
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    Waking in a thumbtack town, Where everyone knows your name: Did you ever think it could be like this? Of course you did. You pictured for years, From the old brass door knocker, To the mat on the ground cheerfully Welcoming you to a Home sweet home! You imagined the air laced with cinn...
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    Ke$ha wakes me from snoozy illusions, Not slamming palm to button for once I listen. I breathe in the silence, Woosh, red blouse over bony shoulders, Zzzzzip dark denim clutches my thighs, Ankles clacking on waxy floors. A day lacking creation of sound will be a new and blooming question, Re...
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    With full stomachs and open minds, We march up the hill just before sunset. Train tracks, the Little League field, The few lights' auras against the street dyed tangerine. Larger than life itself, We are a mountain. Whispers of names and dates cross, Read from chipped old stone. Beloved da...
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    Grey is a plainness, Newspaper clippings creased and torn. Grey is a faulty Polaroid, With edges roughly worn. Grey is the clouded sky, Preparing flakes to pour down, And so are those same flakes, Muddied by ploughs and the grip of the ground. Grey is baking asphalt, Pouring steam, Monochr...

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