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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 26-30, F 3 Responses Apr 29, 2015

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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 66-70, F 23 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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    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 66-70, F 8 Responses Jul 20, 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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    Related Experiences

    OK this is the time of year when I get cabin fever really bad and I'm ready for winter to be over and for spring to get here. I love spring because the weather gets warmer and I...
    veryfemininegirl veryfemininegirl 13-15, F 2 hrs ago

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    Let's see if this gets flagged if I post it in this group? It's been flagged twice already ffs! I don't see anything inappropriate with it...
    Abyssfull Abyssfull 51-55, M 3 hrs ago

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    This happened to me about a month ago, a few days after my birthday. I met this guy on here who goes by the nickname, “thekillingjoke8.” At first, we were just getting to know...
    CaliTexan37 CaliTexan37 36-40, F 2 Responses 4 hrs ago

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    I'm astounded at how many people don't make the slightest bit of effort by reading someone's profile before contacting them! The best conversations I've had have been with people...
    Curiousmissy Curiousmissy 31-35, F 3 Responses 5 hrs ago

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    i love reading these books my mom always read me a story out of there books as a kid it helped me fall asleep i love reading too
    autism1011 autism1011 22-25, M 5 hrs ago

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    I am reading Jane Eyre ,I love it so much . Have you read it before ?
    Noha4 Noha4 18-21, F 1 Response 11 hrs ago

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    The only thing better than being a poet is to be a muse... Spring's Muse~ You paint meadows Filling my senses Warming me With your love Gentle breeze Sings a love song I would...
    girlonpause girlonpause 36-40, F 1 Response 11 hrs ago

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    Planning for vacation has put me into full blown cabin fever mode.   While this is far from the worst winter we've had ... I am so ready for warmer weather.  I want to...
    4EverMan 4EverMan 51-55, M 12 hrs ago

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    What I love to do during my free time is to create characters profiles for my stories. They're almost my babies, I love to offer them good adventures and experiences I will never...
    LoveFunnyMovies LoveFunnyMovies 13-15, F 15 hrs ago

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    This is one of my favorite songs. When I listen to it. I think about her. I remember the two nights I had with her. What they meant to me.When the dark wood fell before meAnd all...
    AmazingPoet AmazingPoet 41-45, M 18 hrs ago

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    Alchemy - a medieval chemical science and speculative philosophy aiming to achieve the transformation of the classical elements (earth, water, fire, and air) into gold - a power...
    BrokenViking BrokenViking 31-35, M 1 day ago

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    To The Girl Who Stole My HeartYou're the first person I think about.In the morning after I eat and go out.When I jump in the shower to wash my body and head.And the last, after...
    theophilusmartins theophilusmartins 18-21, M 1 day ago

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    Teach only Love for that is what you are We teach what we want to learn, and I want to learn to experience inner peace. In 1975, the outside world saw me as a successful...
    goodogstay goodogstay 46-50, M 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    I miss cities that I never visited, the books I have never read, the hearts I have never broken, the tears I have never shed. I crave for the love I never got, the thoughts I never...
    LiquidSunshine1 LiquidSunshine1 46-50, F 5 Responses 4 days ago

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    " a joke your life is a joke your face is a joke and it's call cause you're a joke and your mommy and daddy are both a joke. jokes fkin jokes and giving birth to ugly arse jokes...
    knap22030 knap22030 41-45, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    Friday by moi Music: Biutiful soundtrack - Vitaliy Zavadskyy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5EpnbziteY Sighing with relief Made it again. Comfort, freedom Time to play, Time to...
    Yeronlyman Yeronlyman 41-45, M 4 Responses 5 days ago

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    Easily Distracted Concentrate! I have to concentrate. This is important, this poem. A poem about poetry. I have to do this, I CAN do this. Oh, look, a butterfly! I love...
    TexasGrandpa TexasGrandpa 56-60, M 5 days ago

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    I found this poem by Pablo Neruda, and every time I read it it moves me. You can find sadness and happiness coexisting and its really sweet The Saddest Poem by Pablo Neruda "I...
    Lacrimosadies Lacrimosadies 18-21, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I came across a poem which has been running through my mind for some time. Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote the poem, "Who Am I?" shortly before he was executed in a German concentration...
    westernguyyes westernguyyes 41-45, M 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    "You will not read the riddle, though you do the best you can do"
    kaleidoscopic21 kaleidoscopic21 13-15, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    Your heart is like a bomb, ready to explode. To disarm it, you need to stay calm before it will overloads. It has red and blue wires, which one do i cut? do i do what my...
    Sexxii123 Sexxii123 22-25, F Feb 1

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    Uhhhhggg.... Valentines day is fast approaching... so I figured I'd start working on some poetry... all that romantical crap and stuff...
    SvveetKiester SvveetKiester 41-45, F 4 Responses Feb 1

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    I want to be where your bare foot walks, because maybe before you step, you’ll look at the ground. I want that blessing. I open and fill with love and other objects evaporate...
    DropsOfRain DropsOfRain 26-30, F Feb 1

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    2 En premier lieu, parce que le travail a changé, et en second lieu, parce que les conditions de la production scientifique, au moins sur le travail, se sont transformées elles...
    ennoujiul ennoujiul 22-25, F Jan 29

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    Nothing too fancy . But I am at a point that I realize everything is relative . What it is important for me right now it would be irrelevant to the person next door. Even within...
    breathingeasy breathingeasy 41-45, M 2 Responses Jan 27

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    “You really must read,” my tutor has said, But ‘things’ always got in the way. “Pick up that book,” his voice would command, “You must read a chapter a day!” I...
    pennynoodles pennynoodles 46-50, F 2 Responses Jan 27

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    I'm very new to poetry, this is just a first draft. please comment opinions and help to make it better or just any recommendations, thankyou! its 3:00 am you're sleeping she's...
    hansdc hansdc 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 27

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    So my most recent post was considered 18 and up, despite featuring no s)x or swearing. It forces me to realize how graphic the nature of my writing can be. I am a sadistic...
    MeadowLark4 MeadowLark4 18-21 Jan 26

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    If you read a poem that astonished you , Reread it, And read it for a third time , And forth It is this way the poetry should be read my friend, Forever.
    Noha4 Noha4 18-21, F Jan 26

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    I remember The day I flew you to Howarth Wing'd Angel of Poetry You followed willingly. We walked Through the wet winds of the Moors Dreamers' escape The strife of a life a World...
    Listening80 Listening80 31-35, F Jan 25

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    There is a wonderful poet here on EP... His poetry causes people to truly reflect and feel...sometimes his peorty is so raw and emotionally powerful.... I literally feel my heart...
    empath67 empath67 46-50, F Jan 25

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    I am currently reading the essential works of Edgar Rice Bouroughs on my Ipad it contains a lot of his books I am reading it for the second time now it wil lprobably take me at...
    Lockiel45 Lockiel45 46-50, M Jan 24

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    A newly written prose by yours truly. Please feel free to read. It's an open letter. "To the person who I didn't ask to stay" https://sucorpii.wordpress.com/2016/01/23/to-the...
    lucerein lucerein 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 23

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    I've Woken Up Dreaming...I see...you standing in front of me. Seeming...to be...careless and free. I call out to you, but you don't reply. Why? I know not. Can't you tell I'm...
    angelafireheart angelafireheart 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 22