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if you watch what i photograph
to know what i fear losing,
see that i am terrified
to live with no beauty.

my pulse slows at the bend of a body
and the light between limbs;
the curve of a stem
and shallow lines of living.

to embody that
is a dream just beyond reach
of another dream.

my heart picks up double time
and my eyes turn window-wide
when it becomes real
that my slender shapes,
my delicate bones,
have tucked themselves
into the bed of my skin.

i feel the shame
burrow beneath my heart.

i swallow mouthfuls
of something that tastes
ugly.

my reflection skirts away from my eyes,
until it is caught and there it is held.
to look away i need to feel
beauty.

my camera cradled in the basket of my hands,
white like wicker and smooth,
i play with light until it laughs;
my shutter shudders as it
captures something
right.

when breath breathes itself
and everything turns airy,
i am buoyant.
If you want to learn what someone fears losing, watch what they photograph.
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Sammur-amat Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014   General Artist
the emotion and word-choice throughout the poem is absolutely wonderful and wondrous and you are a world of beauty all on your own, melissa darling. :tighthug: :heart:
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ohsostarryeyed Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
i'm really glad you think so, i struggled with it. thank you!
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neonsquiggle Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Gorgeous. 
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ohsostarryeyed Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
thank you.
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shep4life Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
There are so many beautiful lines in this
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ohsostarryeyed Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
thank you!
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:iconshep4life:
shep4life Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Most welcome!
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Phantomtigers Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
i swallow mouthfuls
of something that tastes
ugly.

very powerful
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:iconohsostarryeyed:
ohsostarryeyed Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
:heart:
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Shinseinasenshi Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
indeed.
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