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In Icy Silence

November 17, 2013
By EPluribusUnum DIAMOND, Woodbine, Maryland
EPluribusUnum DIAMOND, Woodbine, Maryland
59 articles 24 photos 280 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead;
I lift my lids and all is born again.
(I think I made you up inside my head)."
-Sylvia Plath


When I start spinning, the world goes quiet,
like it drops away
or gets pushed
to the edge of a perimeter beyond which
is only silence.
Something blue flares out below my arms
but I close my eyes and I close my head
and for once I can't hear anything.

I like that:
the silence.

I like that it goes beyond radio static,
that it slices and cuts and pierces
and all the things that won't stop talking have to

because I'm spinning
with gravity
taking hold like a sinking ship.

For now
I am the untethered sail
that cares not,
for it has been sucked into a tempest
only to learn that it is free,
that it is wild and senseless in the ice cold rain.
There is no more fear,
save for the moment you wrench me away.

There are bruises on my shoulder.
I am told it is unwise to do such silly things in public.



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on Nov. 23 2013 at 10:41 am
EPluribusUnum DIAMOND, Woodbine, Maryland
59 articles 24 photos 280 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead;
I lift my lids and all is born again.
(I think I made you up inside my head)."
-Sylvia Plath

Goodness! TeenInk keeps eating my "thank you"s. And really, thank you :D You're comments mean so much to me, they're always so kind and encouraging.

on Nov. 22 2013 at 3:55 pm
EPluribusUnum DIAMOND, Woodbine, Maryland
59 articles 24 photos 280 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead;
I lift my lids and all is born again.
(I think I made you up inside my head)."
-Sylvia Plath

Thank you! You are always so encouraging, it really means a lot to me :D

on Nov. 22 2013 at 3:54 pm
EPluribusUnum DIAMOND, Woodbine, Maryland
59 articles 24 photos 280 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead;
I lift my lids and all is born again.
(I think I made you up inside my head)."
-Sylvia Plath

Thank you! You are always so encouraging, it really means a lot to me. :D

on Nov. 21 2013 at 6:38 am
SaphiraBrightscales DIAMOND, Islamabad, Other
75 articles 16 photos 1143 comments

Favorite Quote:
I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou
When i was little/I used to point a chubby finger toward the dark sky/And ask my father/why some stars moved and others didn’t/He would laugh and explain that some were airplanes/I still wish on them today ~ Laugh-It-Out
The feathers of a crow are black/The ink of my pen is blacker/The pain of my heart is blackest~ Mckay
If love produced a blossom/I’d take it in my palm/What a blessing, the bright color!/How soothing, such a balm!/I’d keep a petal for my own/The rest, drop from my hands/For such a flower would multiply/And populate the lands~ thesilentraven
And I began to rival legends/Long entombed before my birth./But for all my much envied fame/The lust for more would not abate./The plaques and prizes with my name/Will, like all things, disintegrate. ~ TheEpic95 now known as Helena_Noel

Em! This is spectacularly written. the shift from the "momentary present" to the "present present" was perfect. I love the way you described silence in the third piece of the poem, "...it slices and cuts and pierces..." the " I " in it makes the poem sound more personal and more potent. Post more stuff Em, I love reading your work. Your words are beautiful.  My favourite line was "... for it has been sucked into a tempest, only to learn that it is free, .."