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Not Me MAG

March 23, 2018
By TabithaL SILVER, Suffolk, Virginia
TabithaL SILVER, Suffolk, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
"Speak only if it improves upon the silence"- Mahatma Gandhi

I carry my little sister in my calloused palms when she is born.
I carry heaviness the weight of a metric ton,
while she is light, airless, open.
Innocence is something born, not corrupted by sin but
briefly kissed by nature.

I carry guilt, glory, gallant lies,
and her truth is set free from the small flutters of her eyes.
I carry shame, shyness, sharp pain,
she holds joy in a small fist.
I carry anger close to my chest,
molding it to my heart.
She fosters a warmth inside that touches me fleetingly.

I carry my little sister when she is sad,
a type of despondency that is juvenile
in comparison to the weight of depression.
I carry her tears in a bucket mixed
with my own,
I cannot help her.

I carry her away from my chest so she doesn’t feel my anger,
my anger that is not at her but at myself.
I carry her innocence on my sleeve so that I may feel less dirty,
so that she may take away my rags and wash me clean.
I carry everything that I am not, in her.

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on Jun. 27 2018 at 3:53 pm
EyesofIris GOLD, South Burlington, Vermont
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Favorite Quote:
"I've always loved the idea of not being what people expect me to be." -Anonymous

I love this poem! The metaphors are amazing and the writing itself is so good.

on Jun. 22 2018 at 11:22 pm
Ayoungpoet GOLD, Lexington, Kentucky
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This is incredible. I especially love the use of metaphors in your writing.

on Jun. 12 2018 at 2:40 pm
Bella729 BRONZE, Salem, Oregon
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Favorite Quote:
You can not start the next chaper of your life if you keep re-reading the last one

I love this, it is something special in the way it is written.