Margaret Atwood

(18 November 1939 / Ottawa, Ontario)

Flying Inside Your Own Body

Poem by Margaret Atwood

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.


Comments about Flying Inside Your Own Body by Margaret Atwood

  • Kevin PatrickKevin Patrick (9/1/2019 5:47:00 PM)

    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.(Report)Reply

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  • Malabika Ray ChoudhuryMalabika Ray Choudhury (9/1/2019 8:10:00 AM)

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

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  • Lyn PaulLyn Paul (9/1/2019 7:40:00 AM)

    Captivating words in only a few verses.(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (9/1/2019 4:22:00 AM)

    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.(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (9/1/2019 4:01:00 AM)

    " Sun's white winds blow through you"
    Fantastic conceptualization deserving modern poem of the Day.(Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (9/1/2019 3:27:00 AM)

    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.(Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (9/1/2019 3:16:00 AM)

    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.(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (9/1/2019 1:51:00 AM)

    Pure joy! ! !
    The sun's white winds blow through you.


    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Luis Estable (9/1/2019 1:44:00 AM)

    A moving end this poem has. We read this thinking where all of this is going to lead and then comes the end and the wow rises up.(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (9/1/2019 1:20:00 AM)

    your heart is a shaken fist,
    a fine dust clogs the air you breathe in; ......../// an introspective poem; yeah truly great write(Report)Reply

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  • Pranab K ChakrabortyPranab K Chakraborty (9/1/2019 1:19:00 AM)

    The sun’s white winds blow through you,
    there’s nothing above you, ............................................................... Enjoyed speculative vision of a poet. Nice write.(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (3/1/2019 9:37:00 PM)

    a great poem.
    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. great imagination. tony(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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