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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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    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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    "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 2 Responses 4 days ago

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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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    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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    Related Experiences

    poetry is a beautiful thing. i love rhyming poetry. i used to write a lot of it and i was so good at it. the words would just pop in to my head so easily
    Ang012685 Ang012685 26-30, F Apr 9

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    My view on poetry I can rhyme but trying to rhyme all the time gets corny And Being too profound can get you lost in the story Wordplay is optional a metaphor can help It's...
    Princeofnothing Princeofnothing 18-21, M Apr 10

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    "As it comes when we least expect it, like a wave, Or like the shadow of several waves, one after the next, Becoming singular as the face of someone who rose and fell apart at the...
    Xenasdreams Xenasdreams 26-30, F Apr 8

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    I've been reading Neruda again. *swoon*
    thepooloftears thepooloftears 26-30 Apr 12

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    Page 83 of Either/Or Part One has this, which feels important to let sink into the psyche.... from the section entitled The Immediate Erotic Stages, where he explains why Mozart's...
    Demosteen Demosteen 36-40, M Apr 3

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    Formatting for Kindle is tricky because users can set their own type styles and sizes. It is especially difficult for poetry formatting and some styles are just not possible. I...
    lasergraph lasergraph 61-65, M 2 Responses Apr 22

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    I have been single since 2011, which means I haven't got a serious relationship for nearly 4 years. I have dated some girls in those years, but they didn't wanted strings attached...
    Hernando1987 Hernando1987 26-30, M 2 Responses Apr 19

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    Provisioned exclusively for yourself In excess of 2000 selected premier yachts Our global know-how, your reassuranceThe Sunlight beating down from a brilliant blue sky, white...
    Andrew0369nbp8 Andrew0369nbp8 31-35, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I never said I love you This much I know is true A kiss was never stolen Which turned my burned heart blue But in the midnight hour When it's all said and done Better we had each...
    Blueaquatic Blueaquatic 18-21, F 1 Response 2 hrs ago

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    ...And about 10% of the time, it's decent, haha. It started with a love of rhyming; when I was a toddler, one of my favorite things to do before bedtime was listen (and try to...
    DepressedDemigod DepressedDemigod 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 6

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    Ive been reading this series by Charlie Higson called "The Enemy". Its basically a zombie apocalypse combined with the "Only kids 16 and under live" cliche. Despite this, the books...
    AssylaAidyl AssylaAidyl 18-21, F 4 hrs ago

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    I want to read some new poetry.... Feel inspired
    Contrarthodox Contrarthodox 26-30, F Apr 13

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    Ever since I can remember i've loved to read books. From short stories to the thickest books I can find, i'll read it all. I would spend hours curled up in a chair somewhere in my...
    TheoInDenile TheoInDenile 16-17, F Apr 13

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    I have published my book of poems on Kindle. It is listed at .99 but will be free for 5 days beginning Friday the 17th. I will renew that free offer as long as Amazon allows.The...
    lasergraph lasergraph 61-65, M 4 Responses Apr 16

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    Kinda ironic... Never been in love, but I just love romanticism. Romance is my passion when writing poetry or stories... Idk if I really like romance in real life because I have...
    UNDecodable UNDecodable 18-21, F 1 day ago

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    Milady's Grave I no longer believe stone lays upon us a cold embrace. For to feel you once again I must lay beside your tomb... I am forced now, to believe that death now welcomes...
    Vdarkghost Vdarkghost 22-25 1 Response Apr 15

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    i had sex on may 1st and it is now may 3rd ..... he took my virginity.. but ever since then my lower stomach has been in pain.. and I have 7 more days till my next period... im...
    abigale57275 abigale57275 16-17, F 1 Response 9 hrs ago

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    Toys of Years Gone Past Look around you Up in your attic Upon old play things And grew up with Like some old friends That you once knew A Tin Soldier stands, Tall and stiffly...
    dragonfang dragonfang 51-55, M 1 Response 19 hrs ago

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    So I figure the person I'm writing about will likely never see this, but if they do I pray and hope she know it's her that it's about. So we've been friends for about 4 years...
    MyLifeInANotebook MyLifeInANotebook 18-21, M 1 Response 16 hrs ago

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    "sex" she deliciously stirs the fire within with her soft hot eyes her very breath on the air becomes an erotic invitation to delve into the magic of her sensual essence she...
    mudmen mudmen 51-55 1 Response Apr 3

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    The Gift Of The Purple ShamenThese past 4 years i have spent alone, when the Shamen made his presence known.To me i believed his spirit was drawn, allowing me the comfort and time...
    PurpleShamen PurpleShamen 31-35, M Apr 20

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    I have this dream where September is crying on the floor as I show it photo albums of all the times I can't forget how I was almost happy, and you're tied up against the bedpost as...
    lovelyss lovelyss 22-25, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    Last night I had my first transformation in my sleep, though I'm lucky I didn't get up and sleep walk... I think. I was half awake and I was growling profusely in my sleep, and I...
    kaynaa kaynaa 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 5

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    Painting is a kind of visual poetry as poetry is a kind of verbal painting....
    Brunette4U Brunette4U 31-35, F Apr 13

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    I've come to understand that "seeking forgiveness" involves showing some real guts, not towards anyone out there, but towards oneself. It is going through a process of deep...
    Injoy1767 Injoy1767 46-50, F 5 Responses 5 days ago

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    I have not written much poetry. I did write the following poem some time ago. It was published in a poetry anthology.Legacy Of WarriorsHe stands with trembling lipsAnd shaking...
    justme1999 justme1999 41-45, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    I'm not looking for a hook-up with you. Should we become friends and I leave a nice comment about your photo, please DON'T take it as a come on…it will not be my intention…I...
    AutumnBliss AutumnBliss 46-50, F 1 Response 14 hrs ago

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    ``THE STORYTELLER'S CRY`` I'll start down with your pretty face chase it to the darkest space i'll listen to your silent fear coming near you like the morning veils I'll slumber in...
    Dobev Dobev 18-21, M Apr 6

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    The end: On the edge, looking down and ready to fall just seconds till the end, the end of it all i can hear, i can hear the angels call look at me here flat on the floor who...
    mattywheels25 mattywheels25 26-30, M Apr 7

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    Okay just something I wrote real fast and because I was feeling down. My life is out of focus, Under exposed Developing a film of dullness My thoughts Pixelated How can this...
    gradyjellyneck gradyjellyneck 18-21, M Apr 8

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    "You are the one that saved me" I stay up day and night terrified of what is wrong or right, I hear the voice in my head screaming, you should be dead, dead, dead, the tears start...
    RainbowKitteh RainbowKitteh 13-15, M 2 Responses Apr 8

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    this is a very special poem to one of the greatest EP friends i have on here <3 i hope he feels awesome after reading this :) hello was all you used to say but then our paths...
    randomgirl42 randomgirl42 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 10

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    "Seasonal Depression" smoke hangs lazily soft sun beams on the bed birds twitter ready to **** welcome back spring, i thought you'd never come
    goingforgold goingforgold 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 12

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    Dark Concrete Paths As the afternoon sun turned dim Shining palely upon the streets And upon shadowy dives Like rivers of painted greys slim Like slick thin steel knives Hard as...
    dragonfang dragonfang 51-55, M 2 Responses Apr 13

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