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I Read Poetry For Transformation

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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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    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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    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 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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    Related Experiences

    Okay, so I just read a long, detailed thingie about Scientology, it's history, it's tenants, and how the organization operates. I'm now officially convinced that Scientology is the...
    SilverSearching SilverSearching 26-30, M 1 hr ago

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    She corners me Then whispers me her poetic verses laced with love And although Id always find her art appealing I can't be with her This thing that she wants will never be...
    Brideofchucky Brideofchucky 22-25, F 1 Response 1 hr ago

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    Heading to my father in laws funeral today. The rain is fitting, and I will miss this wonderful man so much. He never pushed his way into my life, he always stepped back and...
    adultorphan adultorphan 46-50, F 5 hrs ago

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    out of all the people I could be I never know if I'm the right one when the halls empty and orange lines stretch into black the world just for one love like a straightjacket...
    Azureskye Azureskye 18-21 6 hrs ago

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    I'm an older man, 55yo, in the DC area, seeking a much younger woman, someone clean and ready to take the chances that come with birth control free sex. Whatever happens, happens...
    BlueSkiesNoVa BlueSkiesNoVa 51-55, M 8 hrs ago

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    The psychopath test by Jon Ronson I just finished reading this fascinating book by the writter of "men who stare at goats". Its a journey through the landscape of the madness...
    Sealotus Sealotus 31-35, F 4 Responses 10 hrs ago

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    the day when i saw you,its a novel birth for me ! then onward started thinking about only u,coz am in U !! struggling to tell you, i need you and luv u !!! but couldnt overt coz...
    wecanthink wecanthink 26-30, M 12 hrs ago

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    Nocturnal Oath. May wraiths infect my dreams, That I may experience their deaths Over, and over, until mine eyes awaken For though i may sleep, I shall know no rest For ever, and...
    UndyingWraith UndyingWraith 31-35, M 1 Response 12 hrs ago

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    Nocturnal Oath. May wraiths infect my dreams, That I may experience their deaths Over, and over, until mine eyes awaken For though i may sleep, I shall know no rest For ever, and...
    UndyingWraith UndyingWraith 31-35, M 12 hrs ago

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    Is anyone reading Shane Dawson's book "i hate myselfie?" :)
    Afrolicious13 Afrolicious13 16-17, F 1 Response 15 hrs ago

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    Poetry makes no sense to me at all. The only kind that may make sense to me is one in lay-man terms or something written by a child.😐😐😧 It's cool and all to write in...
    RealmRunner RealmRunner 22-25, F 21 hrs ago

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    Hello! I am Alex but now Alexa.I was a boy earlier but now I am a girl for almost 4 years.I want to share my embarrassing transformation with you. This is how it all started. I...
    Alexa910120702 Alexa910120702 13-15, T 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    I came across this very timely poem just now. Maybe the universe is trying to tell me something..... As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering are...
    lavendersea lavendersea 41-45, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    I see you in my dreams Late at night i wake up with Memories of your written words I smile and turn to face my empty bed I close my eyes and see you there So handsome i see you so...
    txasbf txasbf 36-40, F 5 days ago

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    She must kill him in order to live, but she refuses. She can not find it in her heart to harm him. She tosses the knife to the water and then, she throws herself into the waves...
    Lyokowarrior18 Lyokowarrior18 18-21, M 1 Response 6 days ago

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    Trapped along the same routine A sigh released, internal scream. Round and round without a sound, We go with no direction found; As hands on faces reading time They blare aloud...
    IAmWhoIAmWhoAmI IAmWhoIAmWhoAmI 18-21, F Aug 20

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    The crash was beautiful chaos. the doctors cried giving the news. There were no windows in the room No sunlight in your hair No audience for the birds Everything was white, except...
    lovelyss lovelyss 22-25, F Aug 19

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    "My war story" The war has begun, The battles are being fought, There's just one difference this war has, That others do not. The shouting ceased, The arms dropped, Everyone...
    ItsJustBryce ItsJustBryce 13-15, M 2 Responses Aug 18

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    So basically not long ago I found out the man whos been raising me all my life might not be my biological father. Really broken me in two. Ever since our relationship hasn't been...
    XxForeverBlueXx XxForeverBlueXx 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 17

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    I love to read it but never really tried writing it myself, though since some months I have been experiencing these random moments of inspiration in which my mind crafts verses...
    Ingy699 Ingy699 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 17

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    True Love It feels great That you know how i feel Even though you don't feel the same You'll always be my girl My heart skipped a beat When i saw her in the street Hadn't seen her...
    KillaSparks KillaSparks 16-17, F Aug 17

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    I am. I am a Christian. Tired of hearing all the hoopla about this book. So I am reading it for myself. You know what? I am only in the first part of the book. Crazy how different...
    Hikingguy Hikingguy 46-50, M 3 Responses Aug 16

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    The Time Traveler, If you want to just read the poem, skip to the second reading. If you want to know my feelings as I write this read the first version then the second one. =] If...
    callmePaul callmePaul 22-25, M 1 Response Aug 16

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    something about wishing all your poems ended differently. imagining they read backwards, fitting broken glass back into windows. undrinking liquor till your liver starts to...
    lovelyss lovelyss 22-25, F Aug 15

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    If I told you how I felt I wonder what it is you'd say Would you blush and agree or simply run away? I'm scared to end up all alone, but not so much that I cannot see That being...
    FantasticWreck FantasticWreck 31-35, F Aug 14

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    Slowly all the color slips away, Faster everything changes to a gray. Farther I'll move away, From you. This madness in my mind, It's just killin time. This sadness in my bones...
    UnderTheSleeves UnderTheSleeves 13-15, F 2 Responses Aug 14

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    Storm clouds and lightning in her eyes.... thunder in her voice. The warning scream of a panther as she gives you her command. Best you heed the warning boys... Cause, whether...
    SvveetKiester SvveetKiester 41-45, F 3 Responses Aug 13

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    Wow! Travel to the deepest bluest oceans.....hottest sandiest desert.......highest montains or just enjoy looking at the face of your beloved. All in a few lines of pure classic...
    BiigDaddy BiigDaddy 16-17, M Aug 13

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    http://www.storiesspace.com/stories/poetry/somewhere-in-between.aspx
    Sicarium Sicarium 36-40, M 1 Response Aug 12

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    There are many 12 step programs available. In most psychic readings, they are recommended. The popular Alcoholics Anonymous gave influence to many programs. A.A was founded by Bill...
    jkellison52 jkellison52 31-35, M Aug 12

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    Fellow poets will get this: I hate it when someone looks at a depressing piece of poetry and are like: 'are you okay? You sound really sad...' It takes all of my restraint not to...
    AReadingWriter AReadingWriter 13-15, F Aug 12

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    I havent experienced you yet, But I want to, You look so heavenly, On the tv, And my head turns everytime you walk past me, I haven't experienced you yet, But I want to, You...
    guideme2truth guideme2truth 26-30, F Aug 12

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    I definitely shouldn't post this....Idk what to name it Cut long ways, Not sideways, That’s what they told me, Peroxide, No nooses, No one to hold me, Don’t OD, Don’t jump...
    MagicalLasso MagicalLasso 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 12

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