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Read aloud and explained (somewhat) here.

i have always loved words as you love the sea
but i have grown to hate 
prepositions
because i have always had words
about you
with you
to you--
but never for you.
words for everything 
     except you.

but i have words for this, so
i'll take them
     one by one.

about.
the ocean was your first love and
i could always see it in your eyes.
most would call them blue--just
blue 
like a swell over a sandbar
blue like the spring sky over a poppy field.
but i don't think anyone
got as close as i did and they're not blue
not shorebound and
safe--
they're gray like the steelbellied sea itself
like the horizon at dawn as it
encircles you
hems you into an impossibly vast canvas
like a demarcation line
or a promise.
     one you always chased.

with.
maybe i had a streak of oceanic wilderness in me
something a little beautiful
and a little dangerous
(maybe i'm flattering myself)
but you found your landlegs for a while--
your shorelegs
at least--
and there were blue-black nights with yellow-white curtains
fluttering in the salt-scented land breeze
and the low liquid wash of your voice
and the way you took from me the words you didn't have
and i stole from you the feelings
     i never understood.

to.
when you were with me i listened and listened and when you left
i wrote.
seagulls and shorebirds
masts lit on holy fire
waves and tides but mostly
letters letters letters--
handwritten and unsent because you left
for the only place my words
     could not reach.

for.
my sailorboy
as much as i'd like to think otherwise
my veins hold iron
not ink.
and maybe i can't bleed out volumes for you
but darling
you will always be
     the dedication.
Only as autobiographical as you'd like it to be.

Screw punctuation.
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Kallios Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013

I've just realized this has been sitting in my favorites for forever and I never commented on it, which is a little embarrassing. Because really, this is one of my favorite poems. Sometimes I'll browse through all the literature-themed artwork in my favorites collection (yes, I consider poetry to be artwork) and read them out loud to myself because I like the taste of the words. And whenever I do that I always read this one, so I figured I should tell you that.

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disrhythmic Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
Oh my goodness, thank you so much. :huggle:
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scatteredwords Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
i have always loved words as you love the sea
but i have grown to hate 
prepositions
because i have always had words
about you
with you
to you--
but never for you.
words for everything 
     except you.

:heart:
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disrhythmic Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
-wiggles happily- :love:
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DanceWithoutYou Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This was too beautiful not too favourite. Emotional and poignant, I applaud you and your poem.
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disrhythmic Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
Thank you so much. :heart: This is one of my very favorite things I've ever written, so this means a lot to me. :huggle:
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DearPoetry Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
God I am sitting here listening to you read this; beautiful! :heart:
And how you write about a character in your head, I do the same with this girl that I don't know, but she's always in my head. So I write about her.
So, I completely understand this!
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disrhythmic Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
Oh gosh, thank you so much! :heart:
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
lost for words here! SO beautiful! :la:
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disrhythmic Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Thank you so much, dear. :heart:
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:you're welcome! :blush:
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disrhythmic Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
:huggle:
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neonsquiggle Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is just amazing. I love the concept, and I love love love the execution.
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disrhythmic Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
Thank you so much! :D
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creataire Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
gorgeous. i think you really have a tone down, and it is beau-ti-ful~
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disrhythmic Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
Thank you! :heart:
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AmazingGlideh Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's so beautifully oceanysad. <3 <3
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disrhythmic Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
:heart: Thanks, love!
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unnna-77 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
jesus, this is beautiful

Oh my god...
i literally crying right now

listening to your reading of this is just so amazing.
:heart:
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disrhythmic Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
thank you so much! :heart:
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unnna-77 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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unnna-77 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*i'm
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brokengod--veins Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
the with. part...<3
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disrhythmic Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
:heart:
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brokengod--veins Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
and the clever first stanza! :love:
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spearofhope Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Even better read aloud, and moreso heard read aloud by you. Thank you for that glimpse in.

Well, your pride in this poem is totally understandable. It's just wonderful. Potent, rich... I think a lot of that comes from your love of the subject, from the real emotion in there. Your wordplay is quite clever and there's a hidden rhythm here, a hidden stride.

It's... it's quite something.
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disrhythmic Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Thank you so much. :heart: I'm really glad the reading added a little something. :)
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flummo Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Student Writer
I just want to cry at the absolute gorgeousnessity of this. This is something truly wondrous.
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disrhythmic Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
:blush: Thank you so much. :heart:
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trembling-knees Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh god. Dizzy I think this is my new favourite I just

wow

:heart:
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disrhythmic Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Thank you so much, you lovely thing. :heart:
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Otakunojutsu Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
When I read this I was strike with inspiration and it made me smile but when I actually heard you read it I was in awe, you have a very pretty voice and the words went from just words on a screen to something really beautiful that flowed with even more feelings when you actually spoke them.
I'll admit I teared up.
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disrhythmic Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Oh my gosh, what a compliment. :blush:

Thank you so much. :heart:
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Laitma Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Ooooooooooh, so wonderful and powerful, and the final lines really build up to the perfect ending. I love the steelbellied sea and oceanic wilderness and just, oh, what description of the ocean DON'T I love, when you write it? :love:
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disrhythmic Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Thanks so much, Lai! :heart: I can't even tell you how much your support means to me. :huggle:
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Sammur-amat Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013   General Artist
I must confess I adore every line and draping you lovely, lovely being :love:
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disrhythmic Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Thank you so much! :huggle:
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Sammur-amat Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013   General Artist
My pleasure, dizzylove :tighthug:
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haphazardmelody Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
"and the way you took from me the words you didn't have
and i stole from you the feelings
i never understood."

While that is my favorite part, this whole thing is just gorgeous.
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disrhythmic Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Thanks so much. :heart:
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ColoringTheRain Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:worship: I have no words for this <3
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disrhythmic Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
Thank you so much. :heart:
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Is-lnds Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
my veins hold iron
not ink.


:heart:
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disrhythmic Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
:love:
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1nkl1ng Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
I love the imagery, and how you structured it. Beautiful!
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disrhythmic Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
Thanks so much! :heart:
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0hgravity Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, one of your bests.
that's saying a lot considering there are a lot of those.

the 'about' stanza is the most beautiful of them, I think but I can't say for shore sure.
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disrhythmic Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
:blush:

Thank you so much, love. :heart: :heart: :heart:
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0hgravity Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
welcome ^^

you ought to read this one if you weren't planning on already.
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disrhythmic Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
-pokes the poem- One step ahead o' ya. ^^
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