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The Altars of Acceptance

August 12, 2015
By ErinSprocket SILVER, South Orange, New Jersey
ErinSprocket SILVER, South Orange, New Jersey
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The suspense lies in December
as something physical within me -
ice cubes clattering in my lungs
steel weights rolling in my stomach.
Like the great pagans of Greece and
Rome, like the ancient Israelites
I have burned my dreams into the smoke of devotion
in hope that the odor of my desires
will be pleasing to higher beings.
I have sacrificed to gods with strange names:
Common App and GPA
Extra Curriculars and SAT.
Like the farmer who prays for his harvests
and the warrior who prays for his victory
so to does the student pray
for her acceptance.

The author's comments:

I wrote this earlier this year while waiting to hear back from colleges I had applied to. It all seems so far away now that I know where I'm going, even though it's only been a few months.

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Lanimal SILVER said...
on Aug. 30 2015 at 4:46 pm
Lanimal SILVER, Thornton, Colorado
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Favorite Quote:
"It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves."
-Edmund Hillary

One of my favorite poems I've ever read on the website - probably because I can relate to it so much! Great job. :)

JRaye PLATINUM said...
on Aug. 19 2015 at 8:20 pm
JRaye PLATINUM, Dorr, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
"If you build your house far enough away from Trouble, then Trouble will never find you."

"Have you ever looked fear in the face and said, 'I just don't care.'?"

I'm litter ally researching colleges at this very moment - man, this piece is amazing! Congratulations on the Editors' Choice! :)