Saturday, April 6, 2013

A to Z : Flying Inside You Own Body - Margaret Atwood

I am a participant in Arlee Bird's 2013 A to Z Challenge!  I am posting a poem for each letter of the alphabet.  Sometimes the poem will be prose, other times it might be an artistic rendition of the poem, or a reading by the poet... the possibilities are endless!  I hope you will be stopping by throughout the Month of April to check them out!

Flying Inside Your Own Body 
By Margaret Atwood

Your lungs fill & spread themselves,
wings of pink blood, and your bones
empty themselves and become hollow.
When you breathe in you’ll lift like a balloon
and your heart is light too & huge,
beating with pure joy, pure helium.
The sun’s white winds blow through you,
there’s nothing above you,
you see the earth now as an oval jewel,
radiant & seablue with love.
It’s only in dreams you can do this.
Waking, your heart is a shaken fist,
a fine dust clogs the air you breathe in;
the sun’s a hot copper weight pressing straight
down on the think pink rind of your skull.
It’s always the moment just before gunshot.
You try & try to rise but you cannot. 

I am obsessed with Margaret Atwood.
She is my favorite female writer of all time.
Oh, to get inside of her brain!
Wouldn't that be amazing?


  1. HI! I'm a new follower from the A to Z Challenge. Nice to meet you. :) And ... Margaret Atwood is beautiful!

  2. Wow, what an amazing poem. I've read The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood but I've not read her poetry before. I might have to look into it now.

  3. I hadn't read this poem before and it's so powerful. She is amazing and I can't even imagine getting inside her head!

    Stopping by from the A-Z! :)

  4. I'm with you I love Margaret Atwood! Brilliant writer!
    A to Z buddy
    Peanut Butter and Whine

  5. Beautiful poem. I feel like I've been seeing Margaret Atwood everywhere lately. I'm embarrassed to say I've yet to read anything she's written. :(

    Have fun with a-z.


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