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The Death of a Poem MAG

February 17, 2009
By Anonymous

It hurts, I swear it does,
As you run a spear through the words.
I listen to the sloppy speech,
The unkempt pronunciation.
Meaning lost,
To uncaring ears

I want to caress the words,
And you hold them at arm’s length,
Stare them down,
Then begin your long hike through them
Dissecting, inspecting,
Then smashing back together the mutilation of
Poem, story,

I love the whisper of feeling on my tongue,
You swallow it without knowing.
Rushing on,
It rushes down.
Periods missed,
Inflection lost.
Dismembering the entire work.

And I wait ’til you’re gone,
Then recite words with meaning.
Hold them in my heart,
Cradle them.
Try to touch the author’s skin
For it must hurt to be lost,
To be tortured.
Feeling unknown
And I hold the story,
And coax out,
With loving care, its meaning.

For surely this is the fate of this work,
Show it kindness, respect,
Please treat it as a poem.

The author's comments:
This was written after listening to a boy in my English class positively butcher a piece of Shakespeare.... while this is amusing,(the poem) try to take it to heart :)

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on Nov. 15 2010 at 10:29 am
girlpoet BRONZE, Newark, Delaware
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Favorite Quote:
Don't let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game.

Yes, this is so very true. It is so frustrating sometimes when you listen to someone butcher a beautiful poem and then wonder why they don't get the meaning of it. Great piece.

on Apr. 26 2010 at 7:48 am
princessness_16 SILVER, Dundee, New York
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haha. i love it. :) and so true.

on Apr. 9 2010 at 3:56 pm
BlueAstronaut PLATINUM, Herndon, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
"Tiny curtains open and we hear the tiny clap of little hands
A tiny man would tell a little joke and get a tiny laugh from all the folks"

Missed the Boat - Modest Mouse

How may times have I felt this way? Not knowing what to say, what to say. But you did, one day. You wrote this down, again, again. Until you felt it was just what you meant. But you didn't know that I knew. Or that anyone else did. It's your poem. But I love it. 

BMMSKN said...
on Mar. 2 2010 at 5:55 pm

Kailli BRONZE said...
on Dec. 20 2009 at 6:47 pm
Kailli BRONZE, Brainerd, Minnesota
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Favorite Quote:
"He who runs after bus,will soon be tired."
~Alex Resch~

Really, really good:)

Lola* BRONZE said...
on Aug. 27 2009 at 3:58 pm
Lola* BRONZE, Bloomingdale, Illinois
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omg i just fell in love with a stranger lol i love this!

on Aug. 2 2009 at 3:07 am
RadioShower PLATINUM, Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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Favorite Quote:
Emo is imaginary - Gerard Way
Normalness leads to sadness -Phil Lester (AmazingPhil)

know how you feel when i read things aloud it seems no one cares or wants to. but i read on so wright me and i will read your words with heart!

on Jul. 17 2009 at 4:46 am
Annie Kraus BRONZE, Birmingham, Alabama
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prefectly said

on Jul. 16 2009 at 9:11 pm
yourworstnightmare BRONZE, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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Favorite Quote:
The best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. (Teddy Roosevelt)

This was completely incredible! I loved it.


wordluver said...
on Jul. 16 2009 at 6:11 pm
WOW i really liked this thank you so much for voicing the concern of many teenage readers/writers today...why does america continue to butcher the english language???

LIKEwhoaa GOLD said...
on Jul. 16 2009 at 4:33 pm
LIKEwhoaa GOLD, Carrollton, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.
-Charles DuBois

so wonderful:) GREAT job


on Jul. 16 2009 at 5:13 am
abooga.looga SILVER, Covina, California
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i L O V E it.!(:

SaraB. GOLD said...
on Jul. 8 2009 at 3:02 pm
SaraB. GOLD, Phoenix, Arizona
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Favorite Quote:
"Whatever you are, be a good one" Abraham Lincoln

Completely articulates my frustration. Glad it got published.

Lonleydandy said...
on Jun. 27 2009 at 2:21 am
It was good. The poems I've written.....haven't been put online yet [just submitted them recently] but I can see my inspiration for them completely blow them off, and ruin all the work I put into them. He wouldn't understand the meaning, and I don't know if I will show him because of what he might do to it. I really like your poem! It was really good.

on Mar. 25 2009 at 1:59 pm
Summer Kersh BRONZE, Poteau, Oklahoma
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i liked it.