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I Read Poetry For Transformation

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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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    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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    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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    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 7 Responses Jul 20, 2008

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    Hey, for those of you who like dark poetry and art it would be great if you checked out my work and told me what you think. http://laila12345.deviantart.com/gallery/
    Theworldismyhell Theworldismyhell 18-21, F 1 Response a week ago

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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 Jul 18

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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 Jul 22

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    THE NAME OF THE WIND, PATRICK ROTHFUSS. A person I met online suggested this book to me, saying "it's like reading poetry in every sentence", and I have to agree with him. I have...
    Magneshium Magneshium 26-30, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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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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    I write dark poetry. Dark poetry for a dark soul :) I am well acquainted with misery. Due to that familiarity, I write dark poems about loneliness, pain, unwanted love, and broken...
    dourpenguin dourpenguin 18-21, M 2 days ago

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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 usually don't have the time for it but today I just kicked back n spent the whole day reading! <3 I've been meaning to read looking for Alaska for ages now n I just finished...
    Someoneatschoolfoundme Someoneatschoolfoundme 16-17, F 4 days ago

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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 Jul 22

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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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    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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    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 Jul 22

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    The saddest people write the best poetry:)
    hebrokemyheart99 hebrokemyheart99 13-15, F 1 Response 16 hrs ago

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    This is the new and improved version of this story. I would have just edited the existing one, but it constantly set of the wonderful EP filters for some reason. I have thought on...
    shellseagirl shellseagirl 41-45, F 3 Responses 10 hrs ago

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    Miscarriage No one knew what was going on, A innocence stolen by the morn, Tears streamed down her eyes, How could she fall for those damned lies, A little time goes by and she...
    TearsBecomeSnow TearsBecomeSnow 16-17, F 14 hrs ago

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    "Just a Creature" Each day, I am a wave. For we, are but bodies Of messages from brave Sparkling dust of pollination. From darkness, inner moon shines! I am black panther of hunt...
    weepingveil weepingveil 41-45, F 2 Responses 7 hrs ago

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    A familiar rhythm with a twist of blues..a.bitter sweet symphony , like me and you... Take my hand, for more than just this dance , the journey will be worth it, just take the...
    Rhythmnblues9 Rhythmnblues9 26-30, F 27 mins ago

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    "History is a tangled skein that one may take up at any point, and break when one has unravelled enough." Henry Adams We all have been taught reading history is good for all of...
    hiddentears hiddentears 22-25, F 1 Response 19 hrs 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 Jul 20

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    Love? I lay awake, sleepless with things on my mind, Wondering about the love ill find, I hurt, I cry, But most importantly, I tried to die, I use to think, love is a lie...
    levitation143 levitation143 16-17, F 1 Response 3 hrs ago

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    Happiness by Raymond Carver So early it's still almost dark out. I'm near the window with coffee, and the usual early morning stuff that passes for thought. When I see the boy...
    yeronlyman yeronlyman 41-45, M 2 hrs ago

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    A nightmare's fantasy Come to me in your sleep, and show me a beautiful nightmare. Breath me the of secret to your sorrows, play my mind like a violin; show me a haunting...
    rottenroses rottenroses 16-17, F 1 Response 19 hrs ago

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    Angel Waiting for you In the car Too many faces going around I set my eyes in the sky Its cloudy I set my eyes to identify shapes that clouds make I see a peacock I see a...
    jbfriendonli jbfriendonli 31-35, M 1 Response 17 hrs ago

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    "father...brother....son" there is a cold echo of time in the photographs the clustered figures in uniform with haunted eyes they each had a gas mask and a gun could have been...
    mudmen mudmen 46-50 10 hrs ago

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    Then and Now I miss the real smiles I miss the natral laughing I miss the easy banter I miss the carelessness I miss my childhood Now The smiles are faked The laughs forced The...
    NEBookWorm NEBookWorm 13-15, F 34 mins ago

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    i love to read and write poetry. i especially love Edgar Allen Poe, his poems are beautiful and give me inspiration. i try to avoid writing poetry until i can publish my poetry...
    creepypastafan creepypastafan 13-15, F 1 Response 6 days 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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    right now I am AT a poetry reading, I am 10th on the list.
    smedleff1 smedleff1 41-45 2 Responses Jul 17

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    right now I am AT a poetry reading, I am 10th on the list.
    smedleff1 smedleff1 41-45 Jul 17

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    Okay, after reading most of your experiences, I have to say I'm experiencing some extreme trepidation about having mine removed. Last week's ultrasound showed a goiter on my...
    theGem8 theGem8 46-50, F 1 Response 12 hrs 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 Jul 19

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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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    You are more beautiful than the sun that warms my skin. You are more beautiful than the ocean that cools me off. You are more beautiful than the flowers with the sweetest smells...
    honestyreality honestyreality 22-25, F 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    First try at poetryūüėĀ I know it's basic because it rhymes lol Take every word I say to my grave I loved you so much I forgave I forgot the words you said Every word I thought...
    callmejo4 callmejo4 16-17, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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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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    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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    Too true. The cop who just pulled you over. Your Boss after denying a much needed raise. Your 14 year old daughter who just told you she's pregnant.... Most people can read body...
    smokethis smokethis 51-55, M 1 Response 8 hrs ago

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