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my best friend's name is
Jesse Owens, 
after the fastest man in 
the world. 

i think his name has
a sort of ring 
to it:
"Jesse Owens, the boy
who can race the 
sky."

and my Jesse Owens, 
my lightning boy, he
has eyes like the sidewalk
at 11:49p.m.; 
if you don't know what that 
looks like, or what that 
feels like, then i 
don't know what to tell you.

we used to race home from 
school. 
buzzing bees behind our
fly away hair, the soles
of his shoes hit the
sidewalk like little
bombs: taptap taptap
taptap taptap.

if i listen hard
enough, i can always hear
Jesse Owens pounding through the
town. i hear him
in the quiet right before the 
sun rises, frayed
shoelaces nipping at 
the pavement.

but now he goes shooting straight
past my house, and we
don't run home from
school. see, my 
Jesse Owens ran himself right
into a bullet, 
which he swallowed better than
the pills his doctor gave him to
stay afloat. 

that Jesse Owens finished his
race, and i 
am still re-tying my
shoe, waiting for him
to lap me. 
I"M SO SICK AND I TOOK TOO MUCH NYQUIL I HATE EVERYTHING
(do you see the little book thief reference at the beginning? no? okay)
((fiction poetry yay))
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:iconhaphazardmelody:
haphazardmelody Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
That last stanza is incredible. You always craft such an ending. :heart:
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ilyilaice Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
i thought this was about rudy from liesel's point of view but oh right it was a reference. regardless, i like this a whole lot. especially the part about the sidewalk at night and that being an eye color. totally legit, totally brilliant. you go.
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solis-ortus Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Student Writer
thank you very much :love:
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littlepuddington Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Student General Artist
omg NO, i spotted the Book Thief reference right away and i couldn't get the image of Rudy Steiner out of my head the entire time reading this! and now i'm sad, gosh.
anyway, great poem. relatively simple but so poignant :)
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solis-ortus Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Student Writer
thank you :heart: 
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silverthorne-studios Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I noticed the Book Thief reference before I even read the poem :heart:
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solis-ortus Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Student Writer
thank you :rose:
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silverthorne-studios Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Brilliantly written, by the way :3
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solis-ortus Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Student Writer
thank you :rose:
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silverthorne-studios Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :hug:
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