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Descent MAG

March 7, 2022
By samantha934 SILVER, Homewood, Illinois
samantha934 SILVER, Homewood, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic."

If we must burn

Burn our bodies down.

Down to the ground with the spiders and the centipedes.

Even farther still to the bottom of the sea.

I’ll live down there with the unnamed mysteries,

Maybe I’ll even become one myself.

Burn me down to the volcanic crusts, 

Where I can burn with kindred spirits,

And wallow in the ashes.

Take me down further still, 

So I can dance with the demons,

And wipe my face with blood stained towels.

Burn my body down so I can twirl with the damned souls.

Lower me all the way down

And let me rest between the devil and the deep blue sea.

The author's comments:

I was at a writing workshop where the leader had us pick up two books for a partner and that had to be the first and last lines of your poem. Then we switched books with said partner. I'm not a poet, not normally, but this is one of the pieces I am most proud of.

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