Margaret Atwood

Ottawa, Ontario
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The Moment

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The moment when, after many years
of hard work and a long voyage
you stand in the centre of your room,
house, half-acre, square mile, island, country,
knowing at last how you got there,
and say, I own this,

is the same moment when the trees unloose
their soft arms from around you,
the birds take back their language,
the cliffs fissure and collapse,
the air moves back from you like a wave
and you can't breathe.

No, they whisper. You own nothing.
You were a visitor, time after time
climbing the hill, planting the flag, proclaiming.
We never belonged to you.
You never found us.
It was always the other way round.
COMMENTS
M Asim Nehal 19 March 2021
Yes, death wipes everything.
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Mohamed 06 July 2020
What is the name of the author of this web page? thx
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Mahtab Bangalee 22 August 2019
No, they whisper. You own nothing. You were a visitor, time after time.........../// beautiful poem penned
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Ravindra Kumar 02 February 2019
The poet has well explained worth of the moment in his output.
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Kit 05 January 2021
*her. This was written by Margaret Atwood
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Nina Moores 02 February 2019
Shelley's 'Ozymandias' expresses a similar thought, that we, as a species, are transient and barely leave a mark when we are gone, dust to dust.But Earth abides.
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Khairul Ahsan 29 June 2018
'We never belonged to you. You never found us. It was always the other way round' - the concluding lines of the poem are overwhelmingly convincing!
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Glen Kappy 29 June 2018
this good poem is the equivalent of a knock upside the head. it expresses the assertion of every native-american spirituality i'm aware of which is, in turn, reminiscent of the biblical assertion, the earth is the Lord's. -gk
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Pranab K Chakraborty 29 June 2018
You own nothing. You were a visitor, time after time climbing the hill, planting the flag, proclaiming........................ flag it high. It's poetry which can show us the reality of real life. Thanks for sharing.
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Lungelo S Mbuyazi 29 June 2018
The birds take back their language.. great write
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Jasbir Chatterjee 29 June 2018
How very true this is! Our scriptures also confirm that nothing belongs to us. We are all tenants and everything is just an illusion; now here, sometimes there...Lovely poem.
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