unreciprocated (XML poem)

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<poem title="unreciprocated" type="fragments" xml:id="p2"> 
     <!- -pieces of ourselves reflected on broken mirrors- -> 


             <author fname="Eirene"/>


             <dedication>to the boy who only sees me as a shadow</dedication>


              <line n="1">now it’s dark again, a darkness amplified by loneliness</line> 

              <!- -time has run out (for us)- ->

              <line n="2">whole constellations simplified to atoms of  <s-t-a-r-d-u-s-t/>

              <line n="3">& I know you could never love me</line>

              <line n="3">the ink-sky is rough and empty; my dreams unwoven</line>

              <line n="4">I’m crumbling under the weight of your silence,
                                                          under the apathy of a stone moon</line>

              <line n="5">the coldness of the sea has nestled inside of me</line>

              <line n="6">I can’t sleep at night (the world’s so broken)</line>

              <line n="7"><tell-a-lie>everything’s going to be ok</tell-a-lie></line>

              <line n="8">my eyes are full of grey storms </line>

            <!- -in my dreams I never met you and you never shattered me without
                even realizing it- ->

              <line n="9">now it’s dark again and all I do is fall </line>

             <!- – but even when I get tired and my hands start to tremble,
                I still reach for the top– ->

              <line n="10">…</line> <!- – (don’t let me crush) – ->



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5 Responses to “unreciprocated (XML poem)”

  1. Kristine says:

    This is amazing, Eirene! It is beautiful code. <3

  2. Karin says:

    That’s a beautiful use of XML! Code is literally poetry here 🙂

  3. Jamie says:

    I have never seen a poem written quite like this before. It’s pretty neat! I actually understood the poem that you’re trying to write. At first, I thought was this a mistake for all the code to be showing? Than I realized it was supposed to be there., Haha! Pretty clever, and I love it.

  4. Tara says:

    Well, I have to say that this is a neat way to write poetry! I admit that it’s a bit difficult to read, but I do love the brilliant fact that you combined English with a computer language to create something super unique and memorable! ^^

  5. Michelle says:

    I normally don’t understand XML but the words without the code is beautiful. This is unique and something I like hugs The imagery and feelings were powerful and strong. I love this!

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