Rubies | Teen Ink


November 3, 2015
By Hanban12 ELITE, Lake Worth, Florida
Hanban12 ELITE, Lake Worth, Florida
133 articles 7 photos 631 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them."
Henry David Thoreau

"I fell in love the way you fall asleep; slowly, and then all at once."
John Green

Dangling earrings
On fragmented summer mornings;
Your eyes were rubies
In July.
You were
Our father’s collection
Of precious gems,
Our mother’s confection
Of a perfect mine.

In the morning, they
Measured your karats,
To tether your jewels to their
In the afternoon, you
Measured your strength,
Blistering ashes down your

I’m sorry I watched
As they excavated
Your diamonds
In late-August,
When they plucked
Your rubies
From their site.
I’m sorry I watched
As your geodes were stolen
In mid-September;
I’m sorry I watched
You cave at night.

But look, I’m going to
Make it up to you
So that,
Come next July,
I’ll chisel my time
Into larger stones
And offer them to
Your beauty;
I hope you know
That if your heart is emptied,
I’ll fill it up
With more rubies.

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on Apr. 3 2016 at 8:55 pm
Samtom311 PLATINUM, Delray Beach, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
"I worship individuals for their highest possibilities as individuals, and I loathe humanity, for its failure to live up to these possibilities." -Ayn Rand

This poem was amazing! I absolutely love the symbolism and the use of jewels as something much more than a material object. Never stop writing, Hannah, 'cause the world will be a lesser magical, and worth-while place without your words.

on Nov. 9 2015 at 8:58 pm
Ray--yo PLATINUM, Kathmandu, Other
43 articles 2 photos 581 comments

Favorite Quote:
God Makes No Mistakes. (Gaga?)
"I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right." -Liesel Meminger via Markus Zusac, "The Book Thief"

It's incredible how you put in so many metaphors and yet maintain this effortless simplicity. Amazing work, @Hanban12