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The Islands and the Bell MAG

August 6, 2013
By StarlitSunrise DIAMOND, Clemmons, North Carolina
StarlitSunrise DIAMOND, Clemmons, North Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
"Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing." ~Camille Pissarro


No man is an island
but I guess we're all fragmented
Strewn in shards and plastered
whitewash over super glue
like “I'm doing fine. Nice day.”
We don't ask about the bell
because we know for whom it tolls
They're in obituaries



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on Sep. 7 2013 at 10:56 pm
StarlitSunrise DIAMOND, Clemmons, North Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
"Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing." ~Camille Pissarro

Thank you so so much! That really does mean a ton to me. :) But if some people find it confusing, I will take full responsibility for that. ^.^

Mckay ELITE said...
on Sep. 4 2013 at 7:03 pm
Mckay ELITE, Somewhere, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
"The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do."
—Apple’s “Think Different” commercial, 1997
“Crazy people are considered mad by the rest of the society only because their intelligence isn't understood.”
― Weihui Zhou

If people don't understand this poem or understand the allusion to Hemingway's classic novel, it demonstrates how intelligent and cultured they are in literature. And dispells how much they "love" literature. Which cracks me up. I think everyone should at least know the title of these books. Anywho. I love how you alluded to this novel. I feel the emotion you imbue in this. I congratulate you for receiving the Editors' Choice; you deserve it with this spectacular poem. 5/5

on Aug. 17 2013 at 5:21 pm
SwanSong SILVER, Millville, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away."

I like how this is broken up. The first part feels a little incomplete, just left hanging after plastered. I love the second part though (especially the Hemmingway reference) and the last line. Nice work!

on Aug. 14 2013 at 4:49 pm
StarlitSunrise DIAMOND, Clemmons, North Carolina
56 articles 0 photos 253 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing." ~Camille Pissarro

Thanks! I appriciate the feedback. :)

OldYoungOne said...
on Aug. 12 2013 at 12:48 pm
I agree with nelejer the middle mentioning the bell is a little confusing.I kind f get though now that I really read over it a few times. I believe it's saying because we as humans aren't complete and don't want anyone to know it we ourselves act ignorant-- of ourselves and other people to cover the reality. The poem took on a deep meaning that turned especially dark. Seeing as I like dark poems 4/5

on Aug. 10 2013 at 1:56 pm
Superhero_Fan SILVER, Tomorrowland, California
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Favorite Quote:
"Impossible; for How many people did you know who refracted your own light to you?” - Fahrenheit 451

Thanks for  clearing that up! It makes more sense now.

on Aug. 10 2013 at 8:32 am
StarlitSunrise DIAMOND, Clemmons, North Carolina
56 articles 0 photos 253 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing." ~Camille Pissarro

I'm so glad you like it! And thanks a ton for the feedback, but I'm sure you don't suck at poetry. :P The bell part is essentially supposed to be about how individual people have disconnected themselves from mankind. When we hear funeral bells (which we probably don't, because no one used funeral bells anymore, lol), we don't feel the loss. We think that the only people to die are the ones we don't really know, and the first half of the poem is (partly) me trying to say that we don't really know anyone. I hope that makes sense, haha. ^.^ But again, thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment! :)

on Aug. 10 2013 at 12:18 am
nelehjr DIAMOND, Lingle, Wyoming
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Favorite Quote:
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain.

I like the first half but the second I'm having trouble annotating. The part about the bell... This is only because I suck at poetry. Really love the "We're all shattered bits that got super glued to something then we fake it with white wash."ness. Rock on.

on Aug. 9 2013 at 6:09 pm
Jade.I.Am ELITE, Fishers, Indiana
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Favorite Quote:
“If you're losing your soul and you know it, then you've still got a soul left to lose”
― Charles Bukowski

thanks is enough :) i love your works!

on Aug. 9 2013 at 5:35 pm
StarlitSunrise DIAMOND, Clemmons, North Carolina
56 articles 0 photos 253 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing." ~Camille Pissarro

I feel like all I ever say to you is "thanks", but I am going to say it again. :P Thanks so much! I left a comment that will (hopefully) help the poem make a bit more sense, but I thought I would reply to your comment as well, just to make sure you knew I wasn't ignoring you. :P

on Aug. 9 2013 at 5:28 pm
StarlitSunrise DIAMOND, Clemmons, North Carolina
56 articles 0 photos 253 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing." ~Camille Pissarro

Thanks so much! I am sorry to have been vague, but hopefully the comment that I left will clear up some of your confusion. :)

on Aug. 9 2013 at 5:25 pm
StarlitSunrise DIAMOND, Clemmons, North Carolina
56 articles 0 photos 253 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing." ~Camille Pissarro

Superhero_Fan and Jade, thank you both so much. :) And perhaps I should have included something about this in the author's comments, but the reason this poem does not make much sense at face value is because it is actually somewhat of a reflection on a quote taken from John Donne's "Meditation 17". If you are interested, the quote is "No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee." It was my understanding that the whole "no man is an island" thing is at least somewhat well-know, but it was only recently that I stumbled on the whole passage. Anyway, thank you again for taking the time to read and comment. :) I appologize for being unclear. ^.^

on Aug. 9 2013 at 5:05 pm
Superhero_Fan SILVER, Tomorrowland, California
7 articles 1 photo 163 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Impossible; for How many people did you know who refracted your own light to you?” - Fahrenheit 451

Sunrise, I can't say much, but it deserved the editor's choice. I couldn't quite place what you meant by the bell though. And I didn't really get what the island meant either. I guess that's what I hate about commenting on short meaningful poems. I can't really get to the bottom of the deep mysteries of it as quickly as a long one! But I understand it takes a lot of hard work and effort to fit all of it into this short of a poem, so I congradulate you! Good job Sunrise.

on Aug. 9 2013 at 11:15 am
Jade.I.Am ELITE, Fishers, Indiana
214 articles 14 photos 1163 comments

Favorite Quote:
“If you're losing your soul and you know it, then you've still got a soul left to lose”
― Charles Bukowski

First of all, congrats on editor's choice! Well deserved :) I really liked this poem, your turn-of-phrase's are always witty and clever, they make you think. I understood it perfectly up until "We don't ask about the bell..." Then I was like ... what bell? :P But that's good, poems should make you think. While I haven't completely grasped this, I love the surprise ending and the metaphor and just everything......love it. 5/5 :)