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BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-01-08 09:27 AM
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The BlueIris Semi-Nightly Poetry Break, 6/1/08
"You Begin"

You begin this way:
this is your hand,
this is your eye,
this is a fish, blue and flat
on the paper, almost
the shape of an eye
This is your mouth, this is an O
or a moon, whichever
you like. This is yellow.

Outside the window
is the rain, green
because it is summer, and beyond that
the trees and then the world,
which is round and has only
the colors of these nine crayons.

This is the world, which is fuller
and more difficult to learn than I have said.
You are right to smudge it that way
with the red and then
the orange: the world burns.

Once you have learned these words
you will learn that there are more
words than you can ever learn.
The word hand floats above your hand
like a small cloud over a lake.
The word hand anchors
your hand to this table
your hand is a warm stone
I hold between two words.

This is your hand, these are my hands, this is the world,
which is round but not flat and has more colors
than we can see.
It begins, it has an end,
this is what you will
come back to, this is your hand.

Margaret Atwood
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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-01-08 10:12 AM
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1. I love this one!
Olds followed by Atwood...

le sigh...

RL

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BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-01-08 10:15 AM
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2. Le sigh, indeed. nt
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BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-01-08 02:53 PM
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3. Kick.
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BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-02-08 01:25 AM
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4. Kick.
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-02-08 01:27 AM
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5. My dear BlueIris!
Beginnings...

This is so damn nice...

Thank you...

:hug:
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BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-02-08 02:02 AM
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6. Sure thing! You know I love your comments the most. nt
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