Margaret Atwood

Ottawa, Ontario

Flying Inside Your Own Body

Rating: 3.9
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.
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COMMENTS
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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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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Kumarmani Mahakul 01 September 2019
It’s always the moment just before gunshot. You try & try to rise but you cannot.....so 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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Ratnakar Mandlik 01 September 2019
" Sun's white winds blow through you" Fantastic conceptualization deserving modern poem of the Day.
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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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Sylvia Frances Chan 01 September 2019
CONGRATULATIONS upon being chosen by Poem Hunter Poem Site as The Modern Poem Of The Day, Hurray! ! According to me, the mind and the idea of ??a poet, WOW! Flying inside our own body, that we can only do when we are dreaming, the poetess leads you to an eerie climax: the emotive moments, the emotions as they are a few minutes before they kill you. Imagine that! I love to dream, but constantly stopped and awoke before that becomes a nightmare, as we all can read in this poem.
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Edward Kofi Louis 01 September 2019
Pure joy! ! ! The sun's white winds blow through you. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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Mahtab Bangalee 01 September 2019
your heart is a shaken fist, a fine dust clogs the air you breathe in; ......../// an introspective poem; yeah truly great write
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