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lord you spun me out
of morning rays and mexican
china, out of paper elephants
and camomile flowers. you took
the tongue
and ears away from a deaf
mute and gave them to me
so i could hear the others
say speak the word of jesus
wide-eyed like children, so that
i could say my name is emily,
my name is emily but i can't
remember who
i am.


lord you gave me green
whisky when all i needed
was a glass of water in
the middle of the
night and arms instead
of a parting knife.
you wrote me a poem and
put it inside me and
the words smelled like sex
and tea leaves, carrot-flowers that
will emerge from the dirt
someday
smiling and all alone.

lord you plucked a boy
out of a tree and told him
to love me with his eyes
shut, but in the end it
was me who was too
blind. you gave me a sad
mouth and brown
eyes.

lord when you stopped
listening i threw away my
faith like pregnancy tests
and birth control. you stopped
listening and i counted the
colours in my bedroom, yellow-
grey-yellow. i sobbed and
pulled away feather
after feather until there
was nothing left except a
tiny naked bird trapped inside
my hands, wondering

why it was so small.
you look like your mother, in that thin disguise
your parting mouth, your shining eyes
and the way that you hate me, and the length of your hair
its the reason i made you
its the bond that we share
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WrittenRevolt Featured By Owner May 13, 2011
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cajra Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Professional Writer
what - oh my goodness
i love this :heart:
such arresting imagery.
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iluffsmecookies Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
This is lovely. I especially love how you wrote the first part. The way you space it, you make it not just spaced-out lines but actual poetry, flowing from our thought but in a heartbreaking way.
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heart-defectant-art Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010  Student General Artist
i featured this in my journal [link] :heart:
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PagesOfDreams Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010   Writer
Profound. Congratulations on the Daily Deviation Feature. :)
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jamberry-song Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
This is really very lovely.

Two possible things, though:

"camomile flowers" - chamomile?

Also, "it / was me who was too / blind"---it was I who was too blind?
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Molly-Snicklefritz Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010   Writer
Every once in a while you get the privilege to read a poem in which every quark of every atom of it falls together in just the right fashion, in such a way that one can only be reaffirmed in their faith in good things. This is one of those poems.
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holy crap its just so good
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LadyCrimson Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010
we stand on such thin pillars

This isn't beautiful; this isn't sad; you state the obvious... but you do it so very well, and with such eloquence... If I could judge perfection right now, I would find it in your words.
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Precaution Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010
The last stanza is so incredibly powerful.

You're a genius.
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