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The Collector MAG

June 9, 2010
By doyoulove SILVER, Laingsburg, Michigan
doyoulove SILVER, Laingsburg, Michigan
9 articles 0 photos 5 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Book are a uniquely portable magic." -Stephen King

I used to collect things, did you know that?
I used to collect your smiles. I would tuck them away and keep them for days when the rain beat down on the world.

I used to collect your kisses. Each one was so gentle and tender; I would keep them in my pockets and relive the moments, cherishing the fact that I had them.

I used to collect your hugs. I would neatly hang them in my closet, where they would stay until one of those dreadful nights when I woke up scared of the dark and craving you. I would just pluck one out of the closet and wrap it around myself, relishing its warmth and comfort.

I used to collect your wishes. They were so shiny and beautiful, almost as gorgeous as you. Every night I would add my own – only mine weren't for grandeur or fame, but rather for all of yours to come true.

I used to collect your sighs. I would catch them in a bottle as they drifted from your mouth while we sat on the couch, just admiring each other.

I used to collect your touches. Whether it was a little brush of the arm or a timid caress, I would keep it and store it away in a drawer so I could always have you close at hand, even when you were miles away.

Yes, I used to be quite the collector, but not anymore. Not since you left me alone with nothing new to collect.

Now the smiles have cracked, and the kisses are meaningless. The hugs are wrinkled and eaten away by moths. Your wishes have grown dim and are covered with dust. The sighs have gone stale, and the touches have faded.

I used to collect things, but now I just keep them cluttered together in the bottom of my closet. Sometimes I still take them out and turn them over in my hands, remembering days that are no more – but not often.

I used to collect things, you know. But not anymore. Now I'm just a pack rat, with drawers and closets stuffed with useless mementos.

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on May. 7 2018 at 2:01 pm
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You have talent! I totally love this!

on Sep. 9 2017 at 11:50 pm
Breezette DIAMOND, Uniontown, Arkansas
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Every Time I even think of you, all those bad memories just fade away, 'cause your smile's enough, you're enough...

This, is probably the most, truthfully accurate, article i've read since i joined. I love the details, and the meaningful, thoughts. It's just amazing. You should be proud of your self

on Jun. 7 2016 at 6:32 pm
interestingchoiceofwords, Holyoke, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
"Tie a noose around your mind, loose enough to be fine..." Twenty One Pilots, Holding On To You

Amazing. I loved this, so much. I've always been a fan of repetitive sentences like yours, but this is one of the only stories that has truly nailed it.

on May. 22 2015 at 1:34 pm
micshea99 PLATINUM, Matthews, North Carolina
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So creative!

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on Jan. 23 2015 at 12:30 pm
ladywave23, Easley, South Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
Nothing is impossible as long as you believe

This is such a beautiful piece! I really enjoyed reading this! Never stop writing!

on Oct. 23 2012 at 1:46 pm
chrisvfree PLATINUM, N/A, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
I pretty much try to stay in a constant state of confusion just because of the expression it leaves on my face. - Johnny Depp

Wow... that was beautiful. The imagery is amazing.. please do not stop writing, this was really unique.

on Sep. 10 2012 at 6:35 pm
hollowfirefly PLATINUM, Tampa, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
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That was incredible. I shed a tear at it... It was a beautiful thing... An amazing writer. Don't stop writing :)

on Aug. 31 2012 at 10:46 am
HeatherOlivia GOLD, Solothurn, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"All things truly wicked start from innocence." - Ernest Hemingway

I love how it's written like the person was keeping all the carreses and kisses as if they were items. It's inspirational. Beautiful beyond words.

on Mar. 15 2012 at 9:50 pm
otherpoet SILVER, Wayland, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone." - Audrey Hepburn

I didn't even feel like I was reading this! I could really SEE what was going on, super impressive! This is an excellent story!

on Feb. 25 2012 at 3:27 pm
AndSoItGoes01 SILVER, Reno, Nevada
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Favorite Quote:
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This is BRILLIANT! Great job, it makes me want to read a lot more of your writing. Which i think i'll do :D

on Feb. 16 2012 at 9:38 pm
Amyelisee BRONZE, Lake Bluff, Illinois
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I love it!!!

on Jan. 10 2012 at 12:56 pm
purpleink26 BRONZE, Liverpool, Other
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Favorite Quote:
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wow, this is really beautifully written!! well done :D

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on Dec. 29 2011 at 2:07 pm
alibi SILVER, Corry, Pennsylvania
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This is very good! It's kind of sad, but in a really good way!

on Dec. 21 2011 at 6:41 pm
billgamesh11 BRONZE, Grafton, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
"It's always darkest before the dawn." ~Florence and the Machine

Oh wow!

I love the metaphors and just the way you wrote this!!! I know break ups are bad, but it was written so beautifully, i can't help but love this!!! Great Job and Keep Writing!!! :):):);)

on Nov. 25 2011 at 10:34 am
redeemed_love GOLD, Houghton, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
"I do not sit down at my desk to put into verse something that is already clear in my mind. If it were clear in my mind, I should have incentive or need to write about it. We do not write in order to be understood. We write to understand." C.S Lewis

Mmhmm, so true. Awesome job - you put everything so clearly!

HannahHop said...
on Nov. 16 2011 at 9:23 pm
HannahHop, Fort Thomas, Kentucky
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Hey, first I want to say that at first I wanted to roll my eyes.  I personally do not like "break up" stories, I know break ups are hard but stories have been retold so many times that they lose their magic.

With that said, this piece is brilliant.  You take a new spin on it and the writing is just so good and clever!  I just do not know how to praise this well enough.  Have nothing to suggest to do. 

So even though I hate break up stories, yours is just so clever and good, I loved every word of it:)

on Sep. 20 2011 at 4:42 pm
ChocoMint SILVER, Bloomington, Indiana
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Favorite Quote:
"Love is like swallowing hot chocolate before it has cooled off. It takes you by surprise at first, but keeps you warm for a long time." - Anonymous

"Love starts with a smile, grows with a kiss and ends with a tear." - Anonymous

love the metaphors!  Perfect for the tone and subject.  Great job.  Could you check my story out please?  <><

on Aug. 29 2011 at 8:45 pm
AllanaCal SILVER, Stillwater, Oklahoma
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"There is no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream." -Author Unkown

Very impressive! I absolutely loved it. I've saved it to my phone, that's how much I like it!

on Aug. 29 2011 at 7:51 am
ThePeaceDaisy BRONZE, Albany, New York
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“Laundry is the only thing that should be separated by color.” - Unknown
I will change this every week!

i love the metaphors!! great job and keep writing

on Aug. 6 2011 at 9:53 pm
inkblot13 PLATINUM, Auburn, New York
41 articles 1 photo 160 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If I knew where poems came from, I'd go there"

- Michael Langley, 'Staying Alive'

This was really beautiful, there's really no other way to put it.


(PS- will you check out some of my stuff??)