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Forces Within



I dive into the pounding whirlwind
flashing lights, rolling beats, words rendered unintelligible
and dimly aware of a dark, ominous void
groaning beneath me
as I allow myself to be lifted, weightless
by the rays of sound.
Heat
acute as a burning shock of pain
yet coaxingly, dangerously gentle
floods my veins
my arms, my legs that suddenly feel exposed
and wanting.
It gives me a demonic power
and for as long as the music lasts
I am indestructible.
A great, sweeping goddess
rocketing to the ground until my feet softly
touch the dance floor
or a fleeting ray of light
maddeningly evanescent, beguiling
darting between calves and dresses
scarlet-tinged in the strange disco sun.
Guided
by a smoldering, aching force
buried deep inside me, but emerging
with every blast of rhythm.
I float through the hammering crowds
a part of something terrible, yet beautiful
yet larger than life
for once completely without doubt
and drowning in the sheen of my sweat
legs pumping, head bursting
following the epic forces within me
soul leaving the body in a wisp
of shining smoke,
free.
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Hey guys!My name is Joelle, and I am an eighth-grader living in Southern California. I have multiple interests, including music, linguistics, and writing, but poetry is by far my favorite. I have been frustrated for a long time by my inability to achieve anything in the poetry realm; I'm one of those teens that has a billion goals but doesn't have the work ethic to reach them; so I'm hoping some of my poems will be found here. As for my flaws, I'm terrible at sports, math is my abhorrence, and I wouldn't be able to tell Japan from Africa on a map. (Aka, I'm horrific at geography and navigation.) Thanks so much for reading! Love ya! Also, if Nick Jonas ever reads this, you're the coolest and most self-actualized person on Earth!Notes About My Poetry:1. "Traces" and "Wandering Hearts" are by far the best poems in my collection thingy, so read 'em!2. There are a bunch of short, meaningless poems here too, so skip past them until you reach the good ones.3. I did take some leaps in posting my more private poems here. Please be sensitive.4. "Always a Choice" is dedicated to all the girls out there who are feeling insecure, or have daunting things going on in their lives right now. I know a couple of people who inspired this poem, and I hope they will understand its meaning and find the courage to carry on.5. I am going to be frequently updating this page, but since only fifteen poems can remain here at a time, I have chosen "Always a Choice," "These Sunsets," "One Memory," "Girl With The Blue Barrette," "Traces," "Wandering Hearts," "What Is Life?," "Forces Within," "The Test of Time," "Snapshots," and "Another's Skin" to be my eleven permanent poems. Therefore, the other four will always be rotating. Gracias!New Additions: - "One," which recently replaced "Flying Away," is about the deep, spiritual way in which every living creature is connected, no matter how removed from one another we may seem.- "Like Starfall" makes absolutely zero sense; don't worry, I'm not dumb. It's just an outpouring of thoughts, and mostly, the emotion you get when sitting alone under the stars and breathing in the clear, cool, delicious air, and you feel like your stomach is flying, and you almost start to cry a little bit because the night is so unnaturally beautiful. You know what I'm saying? Yeah I know, it's a totally weird poem. I'm not gonna leave it up here for very long.- "The Painter" is sort of a deep-ish poem about how, even when rejected by the rest of the world, a person can be happy. Such is the case with the painter, who is ultimately either very old or mentally impaired, but is still content to sit in his yard and paint despite what others think. more…

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