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November 12, 2008
By Kelly M., Mineola, NY, Mineola, NY

Anger bubbles up beneath my skin;
I grin,
then push my lips out
in frustration
when he turns

My nose prickles hard on the inside
and I swallow hard,
willing the tears not to come,
but they do not heed.
The briny water wells up
on the cusp of my lashline,
threatening to fall
to give me away.
I feel the first drop slip over the edge and glide softly
down my cheek onto my lower lip,
which trembles.
Its saltiness coats the single word
on my tongue
that fidgets,
waiting to launch itself into the open air
in vain
like so many times before.

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on Oct. 16 2012 at 12:26 pm
SweetThing SILVER, Paradox, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"right now might be stormy weather but it cant rain forever"

extremely relatable 

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on Oct. 6 2012 at 8:12 pm
^That's me. Mind checking out my work?:)

on Sep. 28 2012 at 3:47 pm
Bradical BRONZE, Morgantown, West Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
“I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately, I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, To put to rout all that was not life and not when I had come to die Discover that I had not lived.” --Henry David Thoreau

Wow, this poem is extremely well-written. It evokes a quiet pain we all try to hidethat even when obvious is often left in the dust. You convey this very effectively.

on Sep. 28 2012 at 12:41 pm
Pargaran SILVER, New Glasgow, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"Be who you are, and say what you feel. Because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."
-Dr. Seuss

Loved this! You are such a good poet!! :)

on Aug. 15 2012 at 10:30 pm
maddireigle SILVER, Lebanon, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"Be the change you wish to see in this world."

This is why people write poetry.

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on Jul. 24 2012 at 8:27 pm
so_joy SILVER, Navesink, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"Be the change you want to see."

Magnificent! You can really taste the saltiness and feel the frustration!

Please check out & comment on my poems!

on Jun. 10 2012 at 5:32 pm
TMarie42 SILVER, Orland, California
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Favorite Quote:
Pulvis et umbra sumus.

Beautiful! Great imagery.

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on Jun. 10 2012 at 6:47 am
vazenitran98, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"I had the blues because I had no shoes until upon the street,I met a man who had no feet."

Truly amazing. I enjoyed it. It feels a bit sad but I did like how you expressed the emotions!

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on May. 19 2012 at 8:25 pm
bluhs, E, Alabama
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on Apr. 27 2012 at 10:43 am
Sami Sagorski BRONZE, Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Great Poem!

on Apr. 27 2012 at 10:43 am
morgan mcdermott BRONZE, Grandville, Michigan
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Amazing poem! keep writing!

pinkytoe said...
on Apr. 27 2012 at 9:49 am
pinkytoe, Grandville, Michigan
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I felt like crying.

on Apr. 27 2012 at 5:54 am
XxsurrendertofatexX BRONZE, Palos Hills, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
"Every clothe has it's rips and it's tears, and no matter how hard we try to sew them back perfectly to the way it started out, that will never happen. But that's ok, even though it's gone, it was once there. And that's what matters." - Jacqueline Kay


dude that was amazing! c; got me all teary eyed

on Apr. 5 2012 at 10:15 am
Nadds_67 SILVER, Rochester, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding,in all your ways submit to him, and He will make your paths straight"- Proverbs 3:5-6

wow!!!!! very good poem, amazing, i rellay like how you expressed emotion in this poem. keep up the good work!

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on Mar. 14 2012 at 9:10 am
Fia-fia BRONZE, Bethesda, Maryland
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Very powerful.... a strong feeling.... Listen. Really good thank you!


on Feb. 21 2012 at 4:17 pm
Whitterbug BRONZE, Rainier, Oregon
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Favorite Quote:
"A rose can't be a dandelion, and a dandelion can't be a rose" -Anonymous

Very good poem! Absolutely loved it!!!

on Jan. 30 2012 at 6:45 pm
laurensoccer SILVER, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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I love this poem. I love the descriptive language. Keep Writing!!!!!!!

on Jan. 30 2012 at 7:46 am
beautifulspirit PLATINUM, Alpharetta, Georgia
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Favorite Quote:
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
--Eleanor Roosevelt

This really cool---I love how poetic you made this motion. Many would go "so the speaker is crying---so what?", but you made it...I don't know, more.

on Jan. 8 2012 at 7:40 pm
janette15 SILVER, Pasadena, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
live life to the fullest with no regrets beacuse the mistakes you made in the past are only lessons well learned you will learn in the future:)

u r really good(:

on Jan. 8 2012 at 10:20 am
Mimi15 PLATINUM, Belfast, Maine
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I love this! Check out my poem 'On our Own'? Thanks, and keep writing!