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they don’t tell you that
one day,
sisyphus just let the rock roll down
and collect his body
like dust.

they don’t tell you that you can still walk
with holes in your legs
and you can still love
when your heart has already been ripped open.

they don’t tell you that
you are 75% of an ocean
that is six miles deep
and eats ships alive,
75% of the water that shapes canyons,
75% of the rain that drowned the earth
for forty days and nights.

they don’t tell you that
your body is made of the same carbon
as stars
and diamonds.

they don’t tell you that
there is a fire burning inside of you
or that your bones are stronger than steel
or that the things that fuel you
fuel tigers, too.

the greeks and romans wrote stories about
how strong you were

and you are icarus,
and you died laughing
because they didn’t tell you
how beautiful the world really was

even as it was swallowed
by the waves.
They don't tell you that you're strong.
But you are. 


I have one great love, and that is humanity. However, I'm fond of the word "titan," as well. Maybe not as much as people, but I adore how it just sounds like a power word.

I'm also trying out a new font here. Let me know what you think.
Oh, and what you think of the poem, as well. :)

edit: I got a feature!
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sweet-garlic Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this. It reminded me of how amazing we as people are, and I think I needed that. Thank you.
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Blacksand459 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. Talk about writing with authority! 

"they don’t tell you that 
your body is made of the same carbon
as stars
and diamonds."


Honestly, I love the entire piece. I can feel the strength in it, flowing in every description. :)
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abrizelle Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
oh my god i am so glad i found your words
you have a beautiful mind
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Silent--Songbird Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Truly, truly, amazing
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M4geOfSp4ce Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing!
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zomgmad Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist
Are we strong if we don't know it? If we can't use that strength because we don't know it exists? Or if we use it in the wrong way, for the wrong reasons, because we don't know we're using it?

(Not criticizing you or the poem, just some questions it brought up in me. Thanks for making me think! :))
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oviedomedina Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
This is wonderful!
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TwistedTreeRanch Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I can just hear this being read at a slam.
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primalfuryan Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
:iconaparazita-r::iconsquirrelflight-77:Your artwork has been graciously featured in Titans Genuine Literature feature ,stay wonderful!Hug:iconsquirrelflight-77::iconaparazita-r:
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colbalt-rain Featured By Owner May 15, 2014   Writer
Thank you! :love:
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KendrixTermina Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
This is so beautiful, I can't even find the words. 
This should b some famous, easily recognizeable thing that many peaople can see. 

I agree with the message 100%. 
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colbalt-rain Featured By Owner May 14, 2014   Writer
Thank you. :heart: That's very sweet of you. 
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notyetgone Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
beautiful....
and yes. I understand the love for words like 'Titan.'
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colbalt-rain Featured By Owner May 3, 2014   Writer
Thank you! :heart:
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PhoenixFlamesRising Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
"and you are icarus,
and you died laughing
because they didn’t tell you
how beautiful the world really was

even as it was swallowed
by the waves."

So beautiful. So epic. So beautifully epic.

And end to all beauty, even as the beauty was just being truly witnessed for the first time.

Heartbreakingly beautiful and epic; GREAT poem!
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colbalt-rain Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014   Writer
Thank you! :D
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PhoenixFlamesRising Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
*an end; not "and end" :P
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LaughingD77 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This is amazing.  I found your poem, this poem, a while back, and held off on commenting because I hoped to find better words to convey to you how much I adore it.  I've given up on that for now, though, and so can only express my admiration for your artistry and my gratitude for sharing your work!
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colbalt-rain Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014   Writer
Thank you so much! That's very sweet. :heart:
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DeriveAnemone Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
A brilliant poem, encompassing many of my favourite things. I couldn't  help but love this! :love:
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colbalt-rain Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014   Writer
Thank you! :la:
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MaxxToron Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Nice job Kate. This is an excellent poem. It's absolutely breathtaking. 
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colbalt-rain Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014   Writer
Thank you. <3 It's one of my personal favorites.
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streetcamera17 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Damn, this is powerful. Once again, I'm seriously impressed! Not just by your message but by HOW you're saying it. You really have a way with words.
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colbalt-rain Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014   Writer
Thank you again. :heart: 
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Winters-Dawn1221 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That sound so scientific! I LOVE IT!
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colbalt-rain Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014   Writer
Thank you! :D
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PatternVSUser Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
The writing is amazing but that's a given - you're a master at that.

I don't think we're strong though. They say that a lot, but that's bullshit. There are a few strong people, and the rest of us are pure nobodies who can't get out of that. That's okay.
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colbalt-rain Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014   Writer
:blush: That's really sweet of you to say.

I agree that not all of us are strong, but I still believe that we're a lot tougher than anyone ever tells us. 
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facetspera Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I wish to grab and have for myself this feeling of love for humanity and enjoyment of the world just as icarus did in the poem while he was dying. Sadly, I can't do it.

Thank you for the opportunity to read your work.
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colbalt-rain Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014   Writer
:heart: You're most welcome.
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Lawlessness45 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful. A wonderful piece of encouragement. I may tape it to my wall as a reminder
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colbalt-rain Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014   Writer
I would be so flattered if you did. :blush:
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DemonicAngel011 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Student General Artist
This is amazingly perfect *^*
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colbalt-rain Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014   Writer
Thank you!
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PrincessInaphit Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This has some powerful imagery. Plus it helps I love mythology stuff too. :D 

But yeah, wow! I think what I really love is how it details all of this bad stuff that happens to us, people, but we can still overcome it and be more and that we are more because we're stronger than what we're trying to overcome. I hope that made sense now that I've tried typing out what I was thinking. xD 

Hmm I think I like the font and the whole lower-case-letters-aspect to it. To me, it seems like it's symbolic of how "they" see us (people/humanity I guess) as small, insignificant, when really, we are pretty damn awesome and strong and significant. Really, we are titans too. That's just my take on it though. You might not have had that in mind when you wrote it lol. :)
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colbalt-rain Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014   Writer
It did make sense, don't worry. :lol:
I actually didn't think of that! That's an interesting connection to make. I honestly just like how clean Courier looks. 

Thank you. :love: I'm glad you enjoyed this. 
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lorenzo34840 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I can't find the words to describe how beautiful this piece of poem is!
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colbalt-rain Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014   Writer
Thank you! :D
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avalanchepark Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
I like the writing but somehow it seems like two poems kind of juxtaposed - 2nd thru 6th verse as one of them and 1st   7th 8th sort of on a different tack

to be incredibly presumptuous read as

3rd
5th
4th
2nd
6th

and actually in this postulated flow you could replace the last verse (6th) with the words in your comment as an alternate

"They don't tell you that you're strong.
But you are. "

as always love to listen to your song .....

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xLuckyxFridayx13x Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful :heart:
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colbalt-rain Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014   Writer
Thank you. :)
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xLuckyxFridayx13x Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome :)
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PeachFuzzeh Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Student General Artist
This made me shiver in a good way, I felt like I had power in my fingertips. Love it.

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colbalt-rain Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014   Writer
Thank you so much!
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Reapercaster Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
Very cool. I love the feeling of this piece
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colbalt-rain Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014   Writer
Thank you. :)
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TheMajesticNerd Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My emotions= explosion. I honestly have no idea what to say about this... it's just so beautiful!! Nuu 
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colbalt-rain Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014   Writer
:la: Thank you so much!
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TheMajesticNerd Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very welcome! 5 seconds hug 
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