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Why I can't Write

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Why I can't Write

I have carved seventeen years into this notebook
Dragging Mondays across the paper
Saturdays exploding from the nib

It is not enough now
To take a hair from his head and rest it on a page
Sacrificing my heart to the wind
Praying she might not take it from me

It is not enough now
To take a reflection of his smile and scatter it across these sordid lines
In the hope that they might trap it for me
And not keep it for themselves

I want to pen myself into him
Carve myself deep into his skin
Curl into myself
And live there
In the space between his heart and lungs.

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  1. Date: 7/25/2011 7:14:00 PM
    Congrats on 1st Place, Gracie. Nice going. luv Ralph

  1. Date: 7/25/2011 6:54:00 PM
    Loved this... I know exactly how this feels X

  1. Date: 7/25/2011 3:01:00 PM
    Congrats Gracie on your first place win with this fantastic poetry luv..enjoy top billing...

  1. Date: 7/22/2011 10:38:00 AM
    Congrats on your win, Gracie. Nice going. xxxRalph

  1. Date: 7/22/2011 10:00:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved win in Brian Strand's contest "Aspects Of Love" contest Gracie. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/20/2011 6:19:00 PM
    enjoyed your work....hope you have a great week and can write this great again. Welcome to the soup....what soup would you be?

  1. Date: 7/20/2011 1:32:00 PM
    I beg to differ, you can indeed write...quite well at that. You're going to be one heck of a good sorrowful poet one day in the near future. Great poem, very familiar feelings, well written. Good job.