Samuel Stuart Pennell


The Gods Were Illuminated - Poem by Samuel Stuart Pennell

I walk into my room,
the door shuts behind me.
I am in my own world

I kick off my shoes,
-they lie in a geometric pattern
on the floor

I am 16 years old.
It is snowing,
it is dark,
and the god of December
has fallen across this land.

The snow swirls and swirls and swirls,
endlessly and forever in my inner darkness.

'God, I hope we don't have school tomorrow, ' I think to myself
I know all 16 year olds think this very thought,
but somehow it is different when I think it.
I am different, and alone-
Alone, and different

Sometimes I can't believe that I'm me.

Snow falls down around the museum in my mind-
I see a picture in my mind of the art museum at Bowdoin College,
as though there is a postcard in my mind

I feel as though I am the last person on earth,
even though my parents are in the next room

Everything is quiet.
Everything is snow.

There is a light on, beside my bed,
a solitary light in the world

I look out my window
The world is still quiet,
and the stars peak out from behind the clouds,
like a map in the night

There is an ocean in the sky,
and it is as though the gods
are illuminated in heaven


Comments about The Gods Were Illuminated by Samuel Stuart Pennell

  • Mehta Hasmukh AmathalalMehta Hasmukh Amathalal (5/7/2010 6:51:00 PM)

    There is an ocean in the sky,
    and it is as though the gods
    are illuminated in heaven
    ... ya that always reminds us of divine power and it s, existence, , , , ,10
    lovely poem dear
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  • Rm. Shanmugam ChettiarRm. Shanmugam Chettiar (5/7/2010 2:49:00 AM)

    dramatic. marks 10 shan (Report)Reply

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  • Joebert Penalba (4/19/2010 9:59:00 PM)

    nice work samuel.. i could say that you are born to be a poet..continue to inspire people (Report)Reply

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  • Sipokoyto Lim (4/8/2009 12:44:00 AM)

    I love this poem, somehow it brought back some of my melted memories. I give it a 10. (Report)Reply

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  • Jose Elias (1/29/2009 2:35:00 PM)

    Nice, i really liked it (Report)Reply

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  • Morgan Bodden (1/24/2009 5:19:00 PM)

    I like this, very nice finish (Report)Reply

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  • Louis RamsLouis Rams (1/23/2009 7:12:00 PM)

    this is quite good, just as it should (Report)Reply

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  • MuRdA RhEE (1/16/2009 3:56:00 PM)

    Yeah Mann... Dis Poem Is Da Sh** lol
    Bringz Me Back To Thosez Dayz lolz

    Comment Minez! ! !
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  • the cemetery man (1/16/2009 3:49:00 PM)

    beautiful! and masterfully written
    I can see it all in my mind's eye,
    It takes me back to when I was so much younger,
    a similar time, a scene,
    thoughts just like yours.
    I read this poem over and over

    This is one of the best!

    10+
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  • Amy (1/16/2009 3:30:00 PM)

    i loved this poem
    it really made me hold on to each and every word.
    nice write: D
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  • Sebastine HumaemoSebastine Humaemo (1/14/2009 11:35:00 PM)

    beautiful write Samuel.........words done with deep imagination and creativity.....the lines abt schools should be off tmro was lovely....many of us do paryed lke tht while we goin to school......pretty lovable....sebastine (Report)Reply

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  • Cory Jensen (1/13/2009 8:35:00 PM)

    I love all your imagination....all of it is wonderful and......there is no denying that you have talent. ♥ ♥ ♥ (Report)Reply

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  • Sheri Barrett (1/9/2009 2:12:00 PM)

    Samuel i like it! ! !
    you have a big imagination that i admire about you in your poem! ! ! ! !
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  • Joe Russell (1/9/2009 12:30:00 PM)

    I envy you. I live in Philly. No snow. Ah, the solitude of the white.
    Keep it real.
    JRP
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  • Jose Murguia (1/9/2009 12:17:00 PM)

    a 10 no questions asked! (Report)Reply

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  • Arik Carpenter (1/8/2009 11:39:00 PM)

    I think it is amazing how you worded this :) (Report)Reply

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  • Mike Matsuda (1/7/2009 3:22:00 AM)

    Very self reflective. I think you will find that embedding descriptive words into your head will help you become more self reflective. I'm still looking through dictionaries for those right words. (Report)Reply

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  • Wykeshia Mccallister (1/5/2009 11:35:00 AM)

    I really like that poem. Go and do yo thing! (Report)Reply

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  • Niken Kusuma WardaniNiken Kusuma Wardani (1/4/2009 9:50:00 PM)

    I really love yr thought, you can dive through the bottom of yr imagination & make it exclusively wonderful. I wish i knew you earlier on yr childhood. Tks for sharing (Report)Reply

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  • Rita Shay (1/4/2009 8:39:00 PM)

    Damn this poem is sooo good! but i find the last stanza doesn't really fit with the rest. You sound like a lonley kid, and then its something about heaven and gods. Anyways, keep 'em coming! oh and don't you make it rhyme, please don't (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, December 15, 2008

Poem Edited: Sunday, August 28, 2011


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