Tuesday, May 20, 2014

I AM

" I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart.  I am.  I am.  I am." 
 Sylvia Plath

I am the things I never allowed
and everything I ever allowed

I am the things I never breathed
and everything I ever breathed

I am the things I never considered
and everything I ever considered

I am the things I never dreamed
and everything I ever dreamed

I am the things I never expected
and everything I ever expected

I am the things I never feared
and everything I ever feared

I am the things I never guessed
and everything I ever guessed

I am the things I never heard
and everything I ever heard

I am the things I never imagined
and everything I ever imagined

I am the things I never judged
and everything I ever judged

I am the things I never killed
and everything I ever killed

I am the things I never loved
and everything I ever loved

I am the things I never missed
and everything I ever missed

I am the things I never noticed
and everything I ever noticed

I am the things I never opened
and everything I ever opened

I am the things I never pondered
and everything I ever pondered

I am the things I never questioned
and everything I ever questioned

I am the things I never remember
and everything I ever remember

I am the things I never said
and everything I ever said

I am the things I never touched
and everything I ever touched

I am the things I never understood
and everything I ever understood

I am the things I never valued
and everything I ever valued

I am the things I never wanted
and everything I ever wanted

I am the things I never xeroxed
and everything I ever xeroxed

I am the things I never yelled
and everything I ever yelled

I am the things I never zipped
and everything I ever zipped

Linking up with dVerse where the theme this week is quotations.

17 comments:

  1. ha. i like the contrast in each of these...seems you are everything...
    dont know if i knew that plath quote...its cool....

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    1. we are everything and nothing. :0)

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  2. Nice, love the alphabet of words that you are & are not.

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  3. What we do … and don't do matter so much! Yes.

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  4. I like the Plath quote, too. This is a cool I am statement.........

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  5. Oh that Plath quote was amazing.. I considered using the same.. I like how you build up everything in contrasts.. I think all life is built up right in that contrast...

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  6. I enjoyed your dualistic approach, Kathryn, as well as your choice of quote.

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  7. I love that Plath quote and the approach you took Kathryn ~ The contrasts are well done as it seems to answer the first line ~ Well done ~

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  8. You really made me think here, Kathryn. Your poem made me consider the duality of everything we are....and are not. I enjoyed your Plath quote as well!

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  9. Purely yin-yang at play. Sinatra sings in my head, "All or nothing at all!" Very well expressed! Kathryn!

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  10. we are all possibilities aren't we - how often we limit ourselves. Nicely said.

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  11. that's our true nature..a blend of yes and no...and we are bundles of contradictions no doubt...you've
    expressed it wonderfully...and love that Plath quote..

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  12. This is beautiful and so, so very clever! Great job! However, and this is just a silly thought (I know we're meant to only say positive things - and this is not a negative, just a thought) - I found myself skipping the word 'that' in each of these contrasting couplets... Perhaps it makes the words turn slightly differently, but to me each statement worked without that word. *blushing* So, there, now I've gone and shot myself in the foot completely, gone against all etiquette, showed my obnoxious side to all and sundry and you'll think I'm a horrible know-it-all-wannabe... *sigh* I really did love it though - and I love your artwork!

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  13. I love constructive feedback . . . it's not negative at all. You're right it works so much better without 'that', in fact I'm off to change it now. Thank you

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  14. Amazingly powerful - the repetition is such a forward force of strength. Yes, we are the sum total of all the things - both done and not done - that make up our lives. (And thank you so much for your kind and insightful comments on my latest blog post.)

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  15. this poem displays the beautiful contrast of everything that lives inside (and outside) us...

    also am fond of plath, my long-dead mentor.

    stacy lynn mar
    http://warningthestars.blogspot.com/

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