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  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    the street has been paved this morning. black and sleek and new, curled under the noon sun like a sunning turtle, gleaming with sizzling tar. the dent where your bike hitched on that afternoon when you were five: no longer there. “mommy, I’m scared.” “don’t worry, honey, I wo...
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    She always wrote poetry when she was angry. She had been writing poetry for a month now. She was wrapped in a shroud of blankets, lying dormant on her bed, as she furiously scribbled in her little green journal. Stray strands of un-brushed hair fell in shambles around her neck, the rest of it wra...
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    the little girl lays outside, body pressed against wet grass in hopes of catching one of those meteors rippling through night’s seams. the sky is dim and clouded by light pollution and condensation, a thin film passing over the stars and smudging them. she has to squint to see them throug...
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    The red ribbon shrivels and ravels around this little green journal given from an English teacher to an eager pupil with a note inscribed “Keep Writing”. Scrawled in red ink from a red pen, the student presses her pen to its blank lined pages and starts to write. She is simply f...
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    The fertile field lay outstretched like a warm summer tundra, brushed with sunlight and whispers of summer. It remains untouched asides from the careless grappling of a drunken breeze and in its belly flutters swarms of wheat and butterflies, spider webs clutching at its grassy stalks, illu...
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    yellow sundresses and daisies curled under the glowing crescents of your fingernails. spring clung to you like the stars to the moon, dripping off your eyelashes and tumbling out of your mouth in a laugh that echoed a gargling stream. with my cheap rubber flip flops and yellow hair that b...
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    I remember those summer nights spent capping fireflies in disposable containers. we rid them of their wings, thrust them into jars, and screwed the lid as tightly as possible so they could not escape. we tortured them into submission, beat them into glowing, filling empty space. with each...
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    I've raised mountains in northern New York, under a star-brushed sky, for many years. I've carried their weight on my shoulders like Atlas carried the world, dusting them with trees and lakes and rivers that ran through them like veins. From the withered stalks of wheat to the gr...
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    A poem should be fluent in the wordless language of emotion where the meaning is derived from the sounds of consonants and drawn out vowels, the rhythmic pang of words sliding against each other, and not the meaning of the words themselves. Poetry should show you the glint of sunlight on...
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    the ocean curls and churns, extends and retracts, constantly moving, stretching, reaching. it batters the shore and bellows a roar crashing against rocky cliffs. I stand still and watch. pink seashell, glimmering under afternoon sun, half buried in a puddle of sand. the ocean licks the sh...
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    stars poke holes through the night’s starkness, mocking the moon. they are the only light to pierce the darkness, playing with shadows and lost balloons. mocking the moon the stars churn in the satin sky, playing with shadows and lost balloons. they are tears that children cry. the sta...
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    their teeth were worn, torn ripped lips with carved grins, smiles poked with holes smiles faded, smiles faked until they lay plastered to their faces, permanent. deserted disasters, contorted creatures created for a different universe. they grabbed and trapped and grasped and tore. their m...
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    your voice is small and quiet, an atom in the universe pelting stars with pleads that go unheard, but I hear it. your words are long and slow and they drip like honey out of your mouth, pour onto the pavement, tangle with rain until they slip into drains and gutters, forgotten, but I h...
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    The mirror glared at me from the wall, its frame posing a frown. I sighed, picking at my braid until all the stray hairs settled perfectly back into place, and applied my makeup with the most delicate care. Perfect. The word left a rotten taste in my mouth. Assured that not a wrinkle creased my d...
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    Summer sunsets always fade too quickly seems like I can never grasp ahold of them grip them steady stare into their fiery soul where clouds stir and stars lurk they evaporate like rain and before I know it, stars are tossed across the night sky fixed and the moon shines on shrugs its s...
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    Rocks fill the barren wasteland dull and grey set in their scrupulous ways cracked shrouded by emerald vines Until the wind comes and overturns them carries them on its sweet serendipitous breeze sets them down vibrant and dazzling Until time abrades their smooth edges ...
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    Stars poke through the ebony folds of night stitched into its soft fabric Tangible they sit curled on the tips of my eyelashes like tears yet to fall Distant I scoop armfuls of them with my eyes until they become entangled with my dreams my slumber saturated with the gentle curve of the m...
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    Makeup clings to my face whispering promises of perfection of beauty of shelter from the flaws I cannot change and tempted, I comply only to find my face hidden choked by eyeliner that casts shadows on my eyes and blush that strangles my freckles This new skin doesn't settle qui...
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    I was enveloped in darkness, my world a shroud of black where not a single ounce of light leaked through. It was warm though, tucked away, hidden in the corners of her little leather wallet. Coins jingled when she stepped, abrading against one another. Every so often her purse would flood with light...
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    Underwater, there is no sunlight, only a thick, ominous wavering darkness that engulfs me like a shadow, wrapping its claws around me like a predator toying with its prey. I want to scream but it’s suffocating me, its hands grasping my neck, squeezing tighter and tighter until I have no breath lef...
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    Each day, I wait patiently outside, hoping but never receiving the glimpse of her I want. I get madder each day, crazier, until my thoughts rocket off the inside of my brain, reflecting off its soft pink walls like a trampoline, looking for an escape route but finding none. Stop thinking, I tell ...
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    There were bright lights that cold, frosty December night. They flickered in the windows of the car and I dazed half-asleep at the glow of the city’s neon signs. There were big buildings, towering over our small car like giant Sycamore trees and I stared, half-asleep, at the urban beauty of it. Ne...
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    Words are etched into my arms Like scars Running deep into my blood Whispering my past In the middle of the night Words Are tangled in his yellow hair The color of golden apples Swirled in sweet caramel Words Are cracks in the wall Engraved before our time Hung like wallpaper Painte...
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    I am the pretender, the liar, the faker Plastic skin, plastic lies, plastic life A barbie doll, blonde, skinny, and insecure A ball of clay, molded by other people’s thoughts, dreams, hopes A puppet being pulled in a thousand different directions People’s words mixing, intertwinin...
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    It was the last thing she gave to me Before she left, fled, disappeared without a trace Leaving me wondering, thinking, pondering, clueless Where did she go? It smelled of her, Of cigarette smoke and mints swirled together, From years spent of black lungs and yellowed fingers, A string of m...

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