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CFHS Poetry Contest 12th Grade 1st Place Poem 2016

Natalie Aaronson, Guest Poet

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Carnal

 

Your voice sounds like hallow

like the broken end of a cracked tin can

echoing around the ridges of the metal

like a deep green waterslide

like you are drowning

like we are drowning

echo after echo of muted voices

Like we are sitting in a room

you & me

and you are blowing out feathers

from the first of your palm like

angry plumes of pining

to be listened to

like somehow

it would tickle my ear or poke

my eye and I would realize.

I would do something other than sit there

Our sounds would be something other

than recreations of what you think

we would have said three years ago

three months ago

three weeks ago

and our bodies (curved in) would

be less pronounced in hiding

the carnal misfortune of their past lives.

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CFHS Poetry Contest 12th Grade 1st Place Poem 2016