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The Love of This World MAG

By Madeleine Barnes BRONZE, Wexford, Pennsylvania
Madeleine Barnes BRONZE, Wexford, Pennsylvania
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All the good in me unlaced I pull what I own across the floor,
books devoured to the spine, impressions the knees of my jeans
have made of kneeling, my ghosts of ghosts, the saint who is namesake.

I lay it out. A turtle can lay one hundred
thirty-seven eggs in the hollows of trash-filled beaches
and pray her young into the foam

and I know how she judges her almost-gone
with the shell’s first clean fracture, and how much she holds
when she owns nothing and watches it race away.

I line it up for you, lay it down, armfuls, fistfuls,
incalculable catalogues of rinsed fingerprints
released, as they are back-breaking, as this convex shell

is enough, as the body becomes the loudest resonating
home where I deadlock roomfuls of possessions,
where my valuables belong so unbearably to me

that they are not mine. And because I want to float
I lay them down, the swatches of fabric, the memories of places
I swore I had owned so wholly I felt them through to the relics,

laid down, the hopes I hold for the ones I’d kill to own
who swim between combs of aimless currents,
of whom I am no owner, of what I am no mother

I lay them out for you. And as the sea holds
each embryo to the memory of one
original shell, I am unforgivably enamored

with the ownership of all.

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on Feb. 24 2009 at 4:01 pm
This is fantatsic.

Every word artfully shaped and strung together at the end.

Kaii Tii (L) said...
on Feb. 24 2009 at 2:11 pm
I love what you wrote on this poem it exspressed everything,and made me feel like you and me were best friend ,Like you knew me ..and all who I stand for thanks for saying those true and amazng words ...I really liked reading your poem..

Duckie430 said...
on Feb. 24 2009 at 1:58 pm
Duckie430, Riverside, Rhode Island
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Favorite Quote:
“The secret to life is being who you are and being happy with who you are.”
"Whatever does not kill you only makes you stronger."

this is is so beautifully written

fatmata BRONZE said...
on Feb. 22 2009 at 4:51 pm
fatmata BRONZE, Pennsauken, New Jersey
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love it

giggles said...
on Feb. 18 2009 at 6:41 pm
wow i really like wat u wrote. i feel like u wrote dis for me!

yourmom said...
on Feb. 13 2009 at 5:45 pm
i can really relate to this poem in a certain way!!!

shopaholic58 said...
on Feb. 13 2009 at 4:22 pm
Wow!! I love your vocabulary. It made this poem extremely powerful....keep writing :]]

iWrite_ said...
on Feb. 11 2009 at 4:45 am
This poem is powerfully written ; the parallel to a mother turtle holds such compelling underlying emotion.

Emily_9498 said...
on Jan. 30 2009 at 4:07 pm
I really liked this poem!

it was AMAZING:)

singer said...
on Jan. 23 2009 at 7:37 pm
i soo loved this !!!

it is so vreative.

how long did it take for you to write this?

mu5icaddict2 said...
on Jan. 23 2009 at 4:34 am
"The good in me unlaced..." I wish I'd thought of that.

Infidus said...
on Jan. 14 2009 at 2:00 am
I'm touched for your sympathy and empathy for the turtle, because it is a hard thing to be powerless when your children are facing danger.

How selfless of you to offer all that you own, only that she could own what is rightfully hers.

The begining was a little hard for me to take off on, but it picks up and becomes so powerful.

Beautiful work.

on Jan. 13 2009 at 2:45 am
That was great. Hah, you're very smart. I didn't even understand alot of it!


Keep it up

on Jan. 10 2009 at 4:03 pm
lovely. Simply gorgeous writing the imagery was clear and powerful. KEEP WRITING.

poetgirl7 said...
on Jan. 2 2009 at 4:31 am
That was an amazing poem, and I agree with Elisha. The imagery was fantastic! Keep writing. You have talent!

JVFAMOUS said...
on Dec. 31 2008 at 4:06 am
wow i really enjoyed this

Elisha said...
on Dec. 28 2008 at 10:10 pm
I love the imagery in this poem. Nice work!