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Stonehenge MAG

April 2, 2008
By Maddie Townsend, Salt Lake City, UT

Someone long ago
whispered life into this stone –
rubbed their fingers in the hollow of your throat,
sculpted the roll of your shoulders,
pressed their thumbs beneath your miniature brow
and set you in circles –
twelve stones for twelve hours,
and every hour a moment wasted
waiting for midnight to gleam through your arches.

And you swear to God your marble patterns mean something fierce,
but I think you’re just hiding from me,
like when you lift the corners of your mouth
and it’s clear it’s only to please me
because your smile is rough and dull
like you carved it there yourself to keep the questions away.

And now distrust is second nature (for the both of us)
and you’ve turned your back on the sun
to thrust your hands against the glass
in hopes of leaving some fingerprints –

These stone-cast pupils stare right through me
and all I can do is scratch this flint and steel against your cheek
and pray you’ll catch a spark.

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Luna557 SILVER said...
on Jan. 6 2012 at 9:03 pm
Luna557 SILVER, Wheaton, Illinois
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I thought this was well written, with good imagery. I also like how the tone was kept appropriate, how it wasn't over-dramatic, but rather, more reflective.

on Nov. 10 2011 at 1:23 pm
Natasha1994 SILVER, Arizona City, Arizona
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i like it good job

on Sep. 3 2011 at 9:43 pm
star2brite SILVER, Amherst, New Hampshire
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Favorite Quote:
"A bad book is as much of a labor to write as a good one, it comes as sincerely from the author's soul."--Aldous Huxley

Very provocative, great language!

on Jun. 29 2011 at 3:34 pm
ashleyX13 PLATINUM, Memphis, Tennessee
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Favorite Quote:
"I've made mistakes; not one regret." Alyssa Nicolson

Wow, I L<3VE this poem!! I've been to Stonehenge and this is a beautiful way of representing it!! It really gives a life to the image I remember! beautiful!!

on Jun. 14 2011 at 5:35 pm
remembermeplz PLATINUM, Friend, Nebraska
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Favorite Quote:
"when the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace" -- Jimi Hendrix



on Apr. 2 2011 at 8:00 am
summermarrie BRONZE, Tobyhanna,pa, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
live well laugh offten love much.... cry less love alot be happy... if you love something or someone so much let it go if it comes back it was ment to be....

love this great job

on Jan. 11 2011 at 9:37 pm
VWordsmith GOLD, Toronto, Other
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I LOVE this. Great work!

Photo_97 said...
on Oct. 15 2010 at 9:38 pm
Photo_97, Ct., Connecticut
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i went on  your page and i read the giver and burned. i like your taste :)

Photo_97 said...
on Oct. 15 2010 at 9:33 pm
Photo_97, Ct., Connecticut
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this is soooo good. i love how you make this flow. its it up!

on Jul. 12 2010 at 7:40 am
tianaxbiddy SILVER, Wareham, Massachusetts
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-Aristotle did you think of this????


kms777 GOLD said...
on Jun. 8 2010 at 5:35 pm
kms777 GOLD, Winn, Michigan
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"learn from your mistakes but regret not a thing"

wow what made you think to write this? well i guess it really doesnt matter it is incredible either way. it makes me see things from a different point of veiw. i hope youll look at mine and tell me what i need to work on

on Feb. 19 2010 at 6:41 pm
Shapphire10293 BRONZE, Waldorf, Maryland
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Favorite Quote:
"Begin with the end in mind"

This is incredible.

on Jan. 19 2010 at 9:07 pm
forget_me_not SILVER, Chesapeake, Virginia
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this was intoxicatingly beautiful. what inspired you?

Wheat_Wheat said...
on Dec. 13 2009 at 2:46 pm
Brilliant! I don't belive that word can even give your work justice. Truly inspiring.

JessB46 SILVER said...
on May. 1 2009 at 1:18 am
JessB46 SILVER, Lake Placid, New York
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This is amazing! I absolutely love it.


on Mar. 22 2009 at 4:38 pm
DeeBear1982 BRONZE, Houston, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
"It's the Joshua tree's struggle that makes it beautiful" -The glass castle

What is your inspiration?? THis poem said so little and ment sooo much!!!!!!!!! I think your poem is incredible!!

on Mar. 2 2009 at 5:35 pm
yael krifcher BRONZE, Potomac, Maryland
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wow this poem was really incredible, it puts together so many ideas and emotions, i feel liek the meaning can change depending on the person, keep writing this is amazing!!!

Redemption65 said...
on Dec. 14 2008 at 8:54 pm
This was interesting and I really love the ending. I just feel it came too abruptly.

Kat said...
on Dec. 10 2008 at 4:29 am
This is really, really good! I'm really impressed that you could accomplish such vivid pictures when you only live in Salt Lake. Stonehenge is baffling, isn't it?!

Anam Cara said...
on Oct. 23 2008 at 3:15 am
i love your poem! having written poetry for quite a few years i've found that writing good free verse is harder than rhyming poetry. yours was excellent! i love it, it's beautiful, and very moving. please keep writing, you have awesome talent!