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October 18, 2010
By Lydia_the_dwarf PLATINUM, Jamison, Pennsylvania
Lydia_the_dwarf PLATINUM, Jamison, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"Following the light of the sun, we left the old world." -Christopher Columbus

"You live by what you thrill to, and there's the end of it" -D. H. Lawrence

"If you're going through hell, keep going" -Winston Churchill

The first time I kissed you
was in the bookstore
in the Religion section.

And there, with the arid smell
of the millions of pages and the soft sounds
of musical whispers that filtered
through the rows of shelves,
nothing could have prepared me.

None of the lush fiction, descriptive and rich;
No amount of information from the How-Tos;
No measure of flowing prose of the stacks of literature,
the chaste and witty Pride and Prejudice,
and its shamefully sensual neighbor, Lady Chatterly's Lover.

Nonfiction, boasting all its historic trysts and affairs,
glimmering with the gritty romantic haze of war and conflict,
gave me no comfort.
The Humor section, with all its amusing anecdotes,
the horrible first dates and bizarre sexual exploits,
couldn't prepare me,
And even in Romance,
the scantily clad women draped over
the conspicuously titled covers
seemed to sigh a breathy sigh of envy and longing.

So there, in Religion, I kissed you.
But it seemed fitting because it felt
like some kind of sacred rite to me,
kissing you
oh so softly.

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on Mar. 1 2011 at 5:04 pm
J-blotting-ink SILVER, Kalamazoo, Michigan
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This poem is subtle and sweet. I like it a lot! :)

on Feb. 2 2011 at 11:07 am
June_Survive SILVER, Kirbyville, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
"Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.” -Jamie Paolinetti

"In the end, everything will be okay. If everything is not okay, it's not the end."

Ohhh myy, what a delicious poem; I think I'm going to tag it as my favorite C: