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Below is the poem entitled Phoenix which was written by poet Dylan Irvin. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Far below and sinking so above my end
It’s hard to be back here in Phoenix again
The ambience of this air touches rougher here as far as I’ve known
In this infected place where my lingering wounds no longer stay sewn
These old tattered clouds cleave into my gloom
Sending me an invitation to a tomb 
I once slept in for years
There is still bloody tears
Stained on the dry desert floor
It’s hard to be in Phoenix anymore

Dare I tell you how long I’ve dragged through this desert hell?
It started in only a drawn-out minute, just a minute
That minute evolved into multiple minutes
Those minutes multiplied to countless hours
Countless hours faded into shrouded days
Shrouded days became beclouded weeks
Beclouded weeks turned to decrepit months 
Decrepit months sickened to timeless years
And the years, well I lost track of the years

Misery grew inside of me like a wretched tumor
Until finally, it came bursting through my seams 
A waterfall of time poured out of my eyelids
And my ears and my mouth and my nose like a garden hose left forgotten
Until a lake formed in the dry, cracked desert set out before me
So naturally, I jumped in
Desperate to get out of this crushing heat 
That I've been suffocating in since I was a child
As above and far below my friends
It’s deadly to be here in Phoenix again.

Copyright © Dylan Irvin

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  1. Date: 3/27/2013 3:43:00 PM
    you really have a great way of bringing your poetry to life. I don't just see words...I feel it, I see it play out. I think thats what writing is all about... touching your reader emotionally. Keep up the good work!

  1. Date: 3/20/2013 10:28:00 AM
    "Misery grew inside of me like a wretched tumor"-- that is a very powerful line! This is really good, well done!!

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    Date: 3/20/2013 11:04:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hey thanks that means a lot. I'm glad someone out there likes it. Your work is great and I enjoy reading it. The one about your brother really inspired me! Keep writing!