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I Read Poetry For Transformation

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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 7 Responses Jul 20, 2008

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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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    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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    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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    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

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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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    A broken plate. That which is forgotten. Even upon returning to it, The truth shall forever remain the same: It will never be whole again, No matter how great the regret...
    bkf2 bkf2 22-25, M 5 days ago

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    We touch each other like piano keys And together create a symphony How tender we are with our love It is unearthly and sent from above
    Pxppunkprincess Pxppunkprincess 16-17, F 9 hrs ago

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    So what makes you interested in writing and reading poetry? Is it the assembly of the words, its delivery, the imagery that is developed, or does it connect with your senses?
    HavingFun138 HavingFun138 46-50, M 2 Responses Jun 26

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    THE PRICE OF POETRY. The price of poetry is the same as laying your soul bare. You put your heart on the line every time your words take like birds to the air. You are naked...
    juleswillo1 juleswillo1 26-30, F Jul 10

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    Phhhharp wAaaaaarmp Tatata Riiiiiiiip Phhhhhharp ------the sound of a fart (in poetry form)
    mcfartcloud mcfartcloud 31-35, M 1 Response Jul 4

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    I'm just starting out learning to read playing cards... ask me some yes or no questions and ill read your fortune with my cards :)
    Wizrazz09 Wizrazz09 26-30, M 4 Responses Jun 23

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    Some one should read them for me :D
    ashley486 ashley486 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 11

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    Just finished The Essex, and now I'm rereading God Hates Us All by Hank Moody. It's an easy read, good for the beach, but still good enough to keep you interested.
    RMDk RMDk 26-30, F 1 Response 8 hrs ago

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    After when you guys are done with commenting on my pics, and Q/A ... I would like you to read this for sure.. Thanks ;)
    donotfollowme donotfollowme 26-30, F 2 Responses Jun 30

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    I am 23 years old and I had a little bit of anxiety while driving on highways when I first started to drive but I had gotten over that and was able to drive anywhere without...
    SHANNONARTSY SHANNONARTSY 22-25 11 hrs ago

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    Forgiveness is good, but forgetfulness is bad. I disagree with those who say "forgive and forget" because that's a pretty dangerous way of living. You put yourself right in the way...
    JJ125880 JJ125880 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 3

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    After an unhappy relationship, and four months of post break-up torture, my ex will finally be moving to Florida. Migrating south like an endangered species of *****. But I'm ready...
    TheSmartestManOnEarth TheSmartestManOnEarth 16-17, M 37 mins ago

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    Nextag would make sensible attempts to keep up the precision of item and pricing details exhibited on our web-site, and we do not assure that any data is appropriate. If pricing or...
    Joshua950z5kh8 Joshua950z5kh8 31-35, M 1 Response 1 hr ago

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    °If people could read my thoughts waaaaaay more people would hate on me°
    trInIsty trInIsty 13-15, F 1 Response 9 mins ago

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    I was having problems with sleeping. I started sleeping 24 seven and couldn't stay awake. So my doctor put me on medication that wakes me up during the day. The problem is now I...
    Britt25 Britt25 41-45, F 3 mins ago

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    "Universal Unicorn" Take heed to the idiosyncrasies found in this uncaged creature, But the mystery of bone Buried in dust; shall gleam When teardrops become a stream. Release...
    weepingveil weepingveil 41-45, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    So, I have went on a total slope downhill this last semester. I am a freshman in college and I totally don't know who I am anymore. I have sex, drink, smoke weed, etc. I used to be...
    regannorman regannorman 18-21, F 3 Responses 44 mins ago

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    If someone were to read my words They'd probably characterize them as stream-of-consciousness poetry. I could argue: this isn't poetry, this isn't art, this is only a human half...
    LipstickShield LipstickShield 18-21, F Jul 12

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    June 13 2013, I was in a major car wreck and broke my back. I am recovering exeptionally well. However, since I was out of commission for such a long time I am way out of shape...
    justagirl4u justagirl4u 26-30, F 2 Responses Jul 6

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    It's so boring. I felt bad when I was dating a guy that wrote me poems all the time. He wanted me to tell him what I thought about them and wanted me to read his journal. I didn't...
    Anonomdeplume Anonomdeplume 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 27

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    right now I am AT a poetry reading, I am 10th on the list.
    smedleff1 smedleff1 41-45 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    right now I am AT a poetry reading, I am 10th on the list.
    smedleff1 smedleff1 41-45 5 days ago

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    This is my most recent poem I have written and I really want to share it. So. Here you go: "I'm crying from the words I have written. The words bound in a pretty little book...
    Neexels Neexels 16-17, F Jul 2

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    Hey everyone :D my name is Zanna I'm 16 and love to write poetry ! this is a poem i wrote called sunrise Sunrise A twist of blood in the sky A cascade of colours Ready to die...
    zannahuth zannahuth 16-17, F 3 days ago

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    I like to read, in fact I love it. It's when I have my head inside a book that I feel most alive inside, as the words and the images they convey take me to places I would never...
    SpectralMariner SpectralMariner 36-40, M 7 Responses Jun 26

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    Perfect. Oh look here I am. Not anywhere divine, train full of people some fix their gaze on mine. Some faces in thought, some more concerned, others look distraught and a few of...
    TheWestlifer TheWestlifer 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 24

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    ¨My black and white muse I feel sorry that i did not love you But i did not But love itself¨ I ¨write¨ and love poetry indeed, but not to materialize my feelings or to lull my...
    JosueOA JosueOA 18-21, M Jul 7

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    Poetry is good Poetry is fun I like writing poetry But I'm not very good at it
    michaeln41 michaeln41 41-45, M Jul 8

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    Unfortunately most of the books I've been reading are textbooks for my classes, but when I have a chance to sit down and really focus on a good book cover-to-cover, I love novels...
    PunkinH2O PunkinH2O 31-35, F 3 Responses Jul 11

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    I wrote most of my poetry between the ages of fourteen and twenty-two with a spurt in my late thirties. Every now and then a new poem emerges. As I've mentioned elsewhere I've...
    jazm60 jazm60 61-65, M 1 Response Jul 12

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    I'm a poet from Leeds and I want to be heard so you better hear me LOUD and CLEAR, I ain't leaving till my emotions are put into words like I'm riding a bike or flying a kite when...
    immyn123 immyn123 18-21, M 1 Response Jul 4

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    This poem reflects how I once felt. You see the boy standing and talking laughing like his life is perfect. Little did you know he felt so alone he tried to end it nobody to...
    immyn123 immyn123 18-21, M Jul 7

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    I write poetry in booksie and I posted this one a while ago and I thought maybe you guys would want to see it http://www.booksie.com/other/poetry/highlights/like-an-eagle
    bluegirlie98 bluegirlie98 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 12

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    Everyday life is harder to live The pain continues to wear me down It stays till I’ve got nothing left to give. The only thing I feel is run-down. I want this pain to go away. Im...
    Nooneknowsmythoughts Nooneknowsmythoughts 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 24

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    Everything I write is from my mind Read my words and think you see There is much more inside to show Most has been the surface of me Please understand this truth My friendship...
    Accebere Accebere 36-40, F Jun 28

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    This is a somewhat final copy...and by "somewhat" I mean, I may edit it more upon reading it over in a few days, or whenever. I would appreciate any comments remarking whether it...
    SilenceEvermore SilenceEvermore 22-25 1 Response Jul 2

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    Faster then a cheetah, louder then a lions roar. sneaker then a fox, quite like the wind, mysterious like the sea, like a bird in a cage ready to be set free. Loyal as a dog...
    Howlingsoulofthewolf Howlingsoulofthewolf 18-21, F Jul 4

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    ON THE EVE OF THE IDES OF JULY Poem Image (Dedicated to National Nude Day, July 14th) The Ides of July are on their way. Let’s get ready to celebrate National Nude Day...
    proudsocialist proudsocialist 56-60, M Jul 6

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    The color of Hailey is despair. It cries a flooding river. Screams no words, but feelings. Feels only pain. Follows no meaningful rhyme. This is not poetry, but escape from reality...
    Ohhailey Ohhailey 18-21, F 4 Responses Jul 6

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    I don't know what's wrong with me My heart feels anything but free I feel captured but it's a blissful rapture - Make sure you read my other poem!
    Ohhailey Ohhailey 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 6

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    Many different authors from khaled hosseini ( kite runner, a splendid thousand suns) Jodi picoult( nineteen minutes, house rules, my sisters keeper), Isabel Allende ( island...
    ajrestless ajrestless 18-21, F 1 Response a week ago

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