Flying Inside Your Own Body Poem by Margaret Atwood

Flying Inside Your Own Body

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Your lungs fill & spread themselves,
wings of pink blood, and your bones
empty themselves and become hollow.
When you breathe in you’ll lift like a balloon
and your heart is light too & huge,
beating with pure joy, pure helium.
The sun’s white winds blow through you,
there’s nothing above you,
you see the earth now as an oval jewel,
radiant & seablue with love.
It’s only in dreams you can do this.
Waking, your heart is a shaken fist,
a fine dust clogs the air you breathe in;
the sun’s a hot copper weight pressing straight
down on the think pink rind of your skull.
It’s always the moment just before gunshot.
You try & try to rise but you cannot.

Kevin Patrick 01 September 2019

Atwood is a true Poet, capturing that feeling of flying when you are dreaming, that comes crashing when you are awake. Her words are mesmerizing.

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Kumarmani Mahakul 01 September 2019

It’s always the moment just before gunshot. You try & try to rise but you touching and impressive. A beautiful poem is amazingly shared. Thanks and congratulation for being selected this poem as the modern poem of the POD.

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Malabika Ray Choudhury 01 September 2019

" It’s only in dreams you can do this." Captivating poem! Very modern! Thanks, Poet!

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Lyn Paul 01 September 2019

Captivating words in only a few verses.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 01 September 2019

I do realize that we all during our life breathe in a fine dust clogs. Your last line is truly depicted from the dream. We all ever had felt that difficult moment: you wanna rise, but cannot...........and then all of a sudden you awake and realized that it was a dream. Perfect vision when we dream. I have truly enjoyed the dream comprehended. Thank you so much for sharing and I know you through social media. The interviews in our newspaper.

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Kumarmani Mahakul 30 July 2021

Thrilling expression. Thanks and congratulations for being selected this poem as the Modern poem of the poem of the day.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 29 July 2021

Dear Margaret, Congratulations being chosen as The Modern POem Of The Day! Your poems are always entertaining I adored so much!

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Rose Marie Juan-austin 29 July 2021

Fascinating poem so beautifully crafted.

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Chinedu Dike 29 July 2021

An insightful piece of poetry written with conviction....

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Deluke Muwanigwa 19 March 2021

A great metaphorical gem. It could mean anything but is very clear

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