Amberlee Carter

Rookie - 0 Points (12-16-1981 DOD: everyday)

A Safe Distance From My Destruction - Poem by Amberlee Carter

a safe distance from my destruction

let me be nothing to you,
not a bell with a voice
to rattle the rust from your stagnant muse,
not a breath to infect your body with life.

let me dead to you;
to your eyes and their vision,
to your hands and their compassion-

let me be less to you;
not a wonderful lover
with a womb to plant your name in,
not a mother who'll bear heirs of your flesh.

let me not be your queen,
the reasons why
the sun and moon must rise and set-
not the gravity by which
the seasons and tides must turn and wane.

let me not be your clock,
your coffin or your heart,
the faith you devote your prayers and tithing to-

just let me rest, the discolored shell upon shore,
humming a lullaby of the ocean,
admire my beauty from afar-
but never love me, for I sing alone.

Comments about A Safe Distance From My Destruction by Amberlee Carter

  • (5/26/2008 10:38:00 AM)

    I think this earth is less than the planet you come from (Report) Reply

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  • (2/28/2008 10:50:00 AM)

    Decided I needed A little dose of Amberlee today, , , and randomly picked out this one, Ohh MAn this one cuts and how deep, Ouch. Still looking for a band aid, , , each stanza echos with a retorical question that is bluntly asked, , , , , I haven't read some as stong as this Since the lable on a'' Ajax bottle'..., All this aside, A very creative and most excellent piece, Amberlee (Report) Reply

  • (12/7/2005 11:43:00 AM)

    Beautiful, haunting, succint, great sweeps of truth and revelation. (Report) Reply

  • (6/8/2005 8:00:00 AM)

    your work is so good, i want to scream at the top of my lungs, mad with envy. ....amazing.

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  • (5/27/2005 12:03:00 PM)

    You sing alone, but it is such an enchanting song. (Report) Reply

  • (5/26/2005 4:56:00 PM)

    This is wonderful...great imagery and strong statements. The last line is the best.

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  • (5/26/2005 4:09:00 PM)

    Amberlee, when you're good, you're reeeeeally good. This is a terrific poem, from the first amazing line to the last. What a powerful statement. No cliches. No awkward images. The final shell image is perfect. Bravo. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, May 26, 2005

Poem Edited: Friday, May 7, 2010

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