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    Poetry As An Experience

    You must allow the words to sink in, to show you something, to transform you. My favorite poem of all time is about the experience of being transformed through the reading of poetry. I want to share it with all of you.     Eating Poetry Mark Strand Ink runs...
    amsthegreat amsthegreat 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 14, 2010

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    "Oh, if a tree could wander

    and move with foot and wings! It would not suffer the axe blows and not the pain of saws! For would the sun not wander away in every night How could at every morning the world be lighted up? And if the ocean’s water would not rise to the sky, How would the plants be...
    DropsOfRain DropsOfRain 22-25, F 3 Responses Apr 29

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    Thomas Gray

     To each his suff'rings, all are men,  Condemn'd alike to groan;  The tender for another's pain,  Th' unfeeling for his own.  Yet ah! why should they know their fate?  Since sorrow never comes too late,  And happiness too swiftly...
    imitosis imitosis 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 14, 2010

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    Autumn Sonnet (may Sarton)

    The Autumn Sonnets If I can let you go as trees let go Their leaves, so casually, one by one, If I can come to know what they do know, That fall is the release, the consummation, Then fear of time and the uncertain fruit Would not distemper the great lucid skies This...
    swanfether swanfether 61-65, F 23 Responses Jul 20, 2008

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    The Journey By Mary Oliver

      The Journey One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began, though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice -- though the whole house began to tremble and you felt the old tug at your ankles. "Mend my life!" each voice...
    swanfether swanfether 61-65, F 8 Responses Jul 20, 2008

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    When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a

    nursing home in an Australian country town, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value. Later, when the nurses were going through his meager possessions, They found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to...
    nick030 nick030 22-25, M Mar 30, 2014

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    Poetry Is Life

    When you can boil a whole experience into a few words that, carefully chosen, can be read by many people and evoke in them an experience that is not exactly the same but the same on some level. Our lives are filled with conversations - with others and with ourselves.  These...
    WindingPath WindingPath 46-50, F Sep 17, 2008

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    Roses are Green Violets are purple I'm bad at gardening and worse at poetry
    RyuAra RyuAra 26-30, F 3 hrs ago

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    what passes as poetry? words that an amateur writer forces into stanzas.
words that a confused teenager scribbles into their lit textbook.
words that a social worker whispers...
    1musicloverever 1musicloverever 18-21, F 22 hrs ago

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    Poetry is the music of the heart and soul of a person! They express our feelings, experiences, thoughts, actions and everything about us in the most beautiful way. They reveal the...
    JadeKnight JadeKnight 26-30, T 22 hrs ago

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    Hi I'm kind of new to posting here im usually just reading other stories that relate to me but I really REALLY needed some feedback on poetry so here goes: **Ramblings of a Muslim...
    sirene7belle sirene7belle 18-21, F 1 day ago

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    I'm a great fan of Alan Moore and Warren Ellis! I like the depth and the intensity they both put in their narratives. My coup de coeur is for Marjane Satrapi for the way she blends...
    JnFrdriKler JnFrdriKler 22-25, M 1 Response 1 day ago

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    Moments poetry, "We seen him drift the road, in and out of on and off coming lanes, kicking up dust driving on and off road. During this late night a lacking populous of traffic...
    Emiliosophy Emiliosophy 22-25, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    I look to the right And I see something beautiful, Something oh so bright, But please, let me be truthful. Beauty reminds me of the pain, It drives me insane! Who could stand...
    thehonestgentleman thehonestgentleman 18-21, M 3 days ago

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    You mean the world to me Nothing will ever come between us No matter what anybody says or does You will always be in my heart Forever and ever Your spot will never be replaced You...
    fallinlovewithcaliforniagirl fallinlovewithcaliforniagirl 26-30, M 3 days ago

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    I thought of you today, but that's nothing new I thought about you yesterday and the day before that too for every day, good or bad, you'll always be in my head I hope you've...
    fallinlovewithcaliforniagirl fallinlovewithcaliforniagirl 26-30, M 3 days ago

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    As I lie in my bed, Your name's running through my head. All I can think of is you And all that you do. The way you look at me. I feel as if I'm in a dream. The blue sky Reminds me...
    fallinlovewithcaliforniagirl fallinlovewithcaliforniagirl 26-30, M 3 days ago

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    I will always love you, Remember that. You can push me away, but I'll always come back. you can deny your desire and say it can't be, but I won't let the walls come between you...
    fallinlovewithcaliforniagirl fallinlovewithcaliforniagirl 26-30, M 3 days ago

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    Please my beautiful little butterfly its time to wake up and spread your bright and colourful wings,The time has come to explore this vast amazing world and and see what the new...
    lilreddress lilreddress 36-40, F 4 Responses 3 days ago

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        this poetry called ,, <<<< MY SECRET LOVE >>..... THIS IS 4 YOU ....... you know who you are ..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...............i sat down beside you...
    ladysaya ladysaya 26-30, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    I have just finished reading Orwell's 1984 again. I read it for the first time in my early twenties. I remember it looked pessimist and bleak to me, but I could not link it to the...
    Cierzo Cierzo 41-45, M 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    4:15 I got my song and I'm writing my poetry Using 2 songs Badman torro torro mix Love me again -John Newman Life's great rn
    Bennythebull7 Bennythebull7 13-15, M 4 days ago

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    I do like reading other people's poetry and poems and then i take time to write my own as the ideas come to me. Here is a short poem that came to me after reading a poem or two...
    RedEyesBlackDragon RedEyesBlackDragon 51-55, M 5 days ago

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    One of the most poignant love poems... The last verse exposes the poets heart reflected in the future nostalgia of his past lover http://youtu.be/8ttlSOHESJE When you are old...
    yeronlyman yeronlyman 41-45, M 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    i've always enjoyed reading, anything from the classics to modern books. Words that can bring stories alive, poetry too... it belongs to everyone
    laurielovesyou laurielovesyou 56-60, M 1 Response a week ago

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    It is important. I dislike people that say reading sucks, or they hate reading, or that there's no point in reading, or that books suck. I have friends who actually make fun of me...
    PsychGirl94 PsychGirl94 18-21, F 6 Responses Jul 23

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    Someone influenced me to develop a taste for a poetry. She was an amazing person to know.
    SunshineDom SunshineDom 41-45, M Jul 21

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    Seal the euphoric polar opposite, it lies to me, it is only a defense tower against my authenticity. I am instead a horrid, violent being with much stigma to my past. At last after...
    QuietFreedom QuietFreedom 18-21, M 2 Responses Jul 21

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    MY SHIP (c) Edward York The little ship was barely moving, Against waves that splashed so strong. In an attempt to reach for safety, It had battled way too long. I stood...
    lasergraph lasergraph 61-65, M 2 Responses Jul 21

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    When I am an old woman I shall wear purple  With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me. And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves  And satin sandals, and...
    00FlyingHome 00FlyingHome 41-45, F 2 Responses Jul 21

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    I have never found self pity to be a helpful friend, and it won't be for you.. .I call you to manhood, to embrace the hard things in life for they are how God trains us to be...
    MrHeartaFire MrHeartaFire 41-45, M Jul 19

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    -Freedom- As she regains her independence the water becomes rougher, she slowly starts to harden as she becomes tougher. The strength that she feels radiates through her soul, she...
    cosmicburst cosmicburst 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 19

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    I always admired this girl from a distance. She was smart, beautiful, and just as crazy as I was. It wasn't till the summer that we started to actually hit it off. With final exams...
    Grey128 Grey128 18-21, M Jul 17

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    Do you want to know a secret? Gotta promise you'll keep it.. I fear something I'm good at Poetry. Can you believe that? I've grown up in a society to where poetry is feminine...
    akaShaun akaShaun 16-17, M 2 Responses Jul 15

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    A person invented Facebook Maybe more than a person Facebook...the dream was singing to my art I decided to write bad poetry It fitted my mood of the day On Facebook Facebook - oh...
    Clothed Clothed 41-45, M Jul 14

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    Some of my happiest memories growing up are those of my mother reading to me. I loved curling up in her lap, her gentle voice taking me on adventures overseas, galaxies, and...
    themorningstaracademy themorningstaracademy 26-30, F Jul 14

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    I get scared sometimes, by a coldness in the reflection of my own eyes. As if they know something I refuse to believe. Like he's daring me to see beyond the lies. I've written...
    Yorkshirelad86 Yorkshirelad86 26-30, M Jul 13

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    (Dark Art, May 14, 2012) I'm only happy when its dark. That's when I like to go out far. Show off who I really am. Don't enjoy feeling trapped inside my shameful box of a home. The...
    rememberaday2000 rememberaday2000 22-25 Jul 12

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    She wanders through this time. Sun then moon pass up and down. Blends in with the puppets: each one strung to be a clown. They dance for amusement, faces covered to deceive...
    Lovedeyes Lovedeyes 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 11

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    I was recently asked if I ran a tight ship.neatness wise....and this is my metrical reply:ON FIRST LOOKING INTO BOOKER'S BEDROOM***Why...if Al Pacino saw my digs,he'd say out of...
    bookerdana bookerdana 56-60, M 5 Responses Jul 10

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    yeah like i like reading eroticas more than watching them. it turns me on so much more than watching it. i write some though just as a way to dispense my hormones quick instead of...
    SeanDR SeanDR 16-17, M 1 Response Jul 9

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    Everybody I encounter seems to go for mind numbing serious poetry which relies on the principle that the listener has to feel the same way in order to experience the same emotions...
    Roddy15 Roddy15 61-65, M 1 Response Jul 9

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