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i. Missing

Here she is —
silent;
screamed so much before.

Only echoes, echoes now.

Little girl
with the dry mouth,
waiting for rain.

(Good girl.)

When the voices
come near,
she slips away —

remains girl.


ii. Shells

Elsewhere,
in another time:

her totality.

Twenty times larger
than these shells,

celluloid.

She transcends
everything —

more:

forgives everything.
(One small gesture.)

Remains.


iii. Beyond the Sea

She moulds clay:
faces of
nameless gods,

skulls of skull gods —
not to touch,
only to believe.

Remembers
a place
beyond the sea,

where there is
no water only rock and
no water;

no midnight sun,
only stars
and stars.

Where they killed
a goddess,
and crawled into

her skin.


iv. Still

Inside it all —
her centre:

she is very still. Very still.


v. Blood

They try to hide it —
the blood,
the power of it;

how it filled
flesh
with light

(saved the world).

She tells them everything,
everything
they want to hear:

how one small gesture
(hands and eyes)
moved stars,

filled flesh with light.

But her skin
smells only of soap,
only soap and never blood —

good girl.


vi. Flowers

She is done.
Her body
is perfect:

dead.

She forgot,
left the waiting;
no one saw

the gesture

of hands and eyes
that moved the stars
very, very slightly,

saved the world;

just little girl,
bruised knees, breasts,
death, and flowers —

always flowers


vii. Desert

Desert
where the trees
once grew.

She is water,
in a place of rock
and no water —

remains.
My piece, Girl, which is featured in Contemplicity's latest release, Tales.

Edit, 2006-12-03: Added the rest of the piece, seeing as ';plicity is de... umm... sleeping.
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lpowell Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008
This is a beautiful poem. Your use of language is amazing.
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ArmorFelix2001 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2005
how it filled
flesh
with light


Something about this bit I find most appealing, to me it speaks of the translucence of skin and how much less it would be if it were not filled up with all those fluids that support its color. :boing:
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xork Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
:nod:

Thanks for the kind comment.
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laurapalmer Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2005  Professional Photographer
I went to Contemplicity and read a lot. Your piece in Tales is breathtaking. The whole of it together is simply gorgeous. You know I love your words...but I had to tell you anyway. It is the best I have read in ages. I hope you had a safe holiday... and I hope all is well at University. Take care and thanks for sharing this amazing work...

Heather
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xork Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you. Muchly and deeply.
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cooper Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2004
You choose a wonderful excerpt! :O this piece was nicely constructed with so much researching and work into it! Take care and I hope you continue to grace us with your words!
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contemplicity Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2004
Contemplicity is that much better having you and this to be a part of it! :O take care :hug:
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jahg Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2004  Professional Writer
I tend to agree, it stands a little unsupported. However:

But her skin
smells only of soap,
only soap and never blood --


... despite what I have written in my Journal about what I will and will not read, I really like these lines. Such a sharp innocence about them, and a complete image. I find the shorter lines elsewhere in the piece don't give me enough incentive to read on, or to explore the phrasing for the images you've carved, however that's just my personal taste.

From the full piece, I am particularly drawn to this part:

Where they killed
a goddess,
and crawled into

her skin.


... which sets me tingling, thinking, and running for cover all at the same time. Nicely done, indeed.

Regards,

James
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xork Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2004  Professional Interface Designer
I find the shorter lines elsewhere in the piece don't give me enough incentive to read on...
Yeah, I see what you mean; I had never-ending problems with the form of this piece. You should've read the earlier drafts (which were sans punctuation, and all-lower-case -- very annoying to read).
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