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inhabited by a cry by lostgirl inhabited by a cry by lostgirl
Elm
For Ruth Fainlight

I know the bottom, she says. I know it with my great tap root:
It is what you fear.
I do not fear it: I have been there.

Is it the sea you hear in me,
Its dissatisfactions?
Or the voice of nothing, that was your madness?

Love is a shadow.
How you lie and cry after it
Listen: these are its hooves: it has gone off, like a horse.

All night I shall gallop thus, impetuously,
Till your head is a stone, your pillow a little turf,
Echoing, echoing.

Or shall I bring you the sound of poisons?
This is rain now, this big hush.
And this is the fruit of it: tin-white, like arsenic.

I have suffered the atrocity of sunsets.
Scorched to the root
My red filaments burn and stand, a hand of wires.

Now I break up in pieces that fly about like clubs.
A wind of such violence
Will tolerate no bystanding: I must shriek.

The moon, also, is merciless: she would drag me
Cruelly, being barren.
Her radiance scathes me. Or perhaps I have caught her.

I let her go. I let her go
Diminished and flat, as after radical surgery.
How your bad dreams possess and endow me.

I am inhabited by a cry.
Nightly it flaps out
Looking, with its hooks, for something to love.

I am terrified by this dark thing
That sleeps in me;
All day I feel its soft, feathery turnings, its malignity.

Clouds pass and disperse.
Are those the faces of love, those pale irretrievables?
Is it for such I agitate my heart?

I am incapable of more knowledge.
What is this, this face
So murderous in its strangle of branches? -

Its snaky acids hiss.
It petrifies the will. These are the isolate, slow faults
That kill, that kill, that kill.

I first read this poem by Sylvia Plath when I was 14 years old and it felt like it was about me. It is still my favorite poem, and it inspires me a lot.
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GoodAndPlenty520ME Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I'm intrigued by this.  i like how you're naked for sure. 
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daveisquiet Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2016
she is missed! YOur photo is great!
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InHayle Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016
Utterly captivating image.
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ravisingh5 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015
spatulas photography 
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drpendragon Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
A made a painting of this pic, a long time ago.
Its considered by many (of my friends =P) to be one of my best works.
Thnx to the person who made it.
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killerkitty-mau Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
Love the white skin and the meaning of this photo
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GemmaKate Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
I love this
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John-Logan Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
So emotive and stark but beautifully executed. What a wonderful shot
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greeneyeluv Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Exquisita...
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arswiss Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
im likeing how everything is such a soft, pure white, and then the hair is such a shocking contrast. It's like her hair is metaphoric for her tears- black and the only thing that doesnt fit.
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Gio-manach Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
This is featured here.
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LittleGreenGamer Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
i read the poem just now and i think it really complements the photo.

i have to be honest: you look beautiful in this image. i love the way you posed in this one. even though i'm not letting it take the focus off the poem, this is one of the best poses i've ever seen. :)
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NoctemPhotography Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009  Professional Photographer
That is a beautiful skin color.. that is EXACTLY what I wish I had. Was the skin lightened at all or is that natural?
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Gaaragirl667 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008  Student Writer
Beautiful, I love the white in it.
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bLaCkWaTeRgIrL Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2008
great contrast! it's such a beautiful pic.
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StevieeSuicidee Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008   Photographer
Beautiful
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StevieeSuicidee Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008   Photographer
Beautiful
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BubblesSonamyluv Featured By Owner May 25, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i feel just like that right now :(
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Extreme-Unction Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2008
very good.. i like it.
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Welliame Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007
It's very great and emotional! I like very it!
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mangaaisonfire Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007   Photographer
so pretty !
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pirozhokrulezz Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2007
amazing!
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bentwindowboy Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2007
hiding the face makes us see the worst.
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hushedsuicidenotes Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007
so pretty. FAVE!
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x-foxi-x Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007  Student Photographer
emotive * < LOL sorry got cut off
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x-foxi-x Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007  Student Photographer
i like. especially her dark hair to her light skin p: does make her look more sinister in a way. very emoti
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maryana01 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2007
this is amazing
something i dont understand though is why pictures look so much more disturbing when u cant see the persons face, when it's covered by their hair.
i dunno maybe because it represents more than just that person? beats me, it worked out for my photo "invasion", we took it both ways but for some reason it turned out so much better with the models hair in her face. anywho, that's enough out of me, great work
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sk8ershep Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2007
very nice shot!great pic:)
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SaffiePics Featured By Owner May 28, 2007
You have been featured in an article called "1001 Emotions" (News)..here's the link -> [link]
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Ilmena Featured By Owner May 16, 2007
Crying girl likes me now...
It's sadness...but I like it.
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Driadas Featured By Owner May 15, 2007
i love this!:)
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Xoriath Featured By Owner May 6, 2007
I've gone by this picture several times, and it always catches my eye. Good job!!!
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sirblckbrd Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2007
beyond words
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Jinzou-Tai Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007
the poem fits perfectly with the picture...i love it <3
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Darkyna17 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2007   Photographer
without words…
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MandragoraX Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2007
Nice picture
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shprotesse Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2007
does
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netamashii Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations.It's amazing.
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daraja Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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InpuUpUaut Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2007  Student General Artist
Look lika a japanese ghost... Love it ^_^
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ekahnicole Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2007
touching
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Fev3r Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2007
This is no doubt a great emotion renderer and i dislike this peice because of it. Because of the memories it brings back. From the alking in on my bestfriend almost exactly liek that cry her heart our and tearing her self apart

Good Job, keep it up
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Queen-of-Damn Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2007
wow. cool. :+fav:
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irvir Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2007
beautiful color of skin and black nails ... It must be :+fav:
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irvir Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2007
Beautiful color of skin and black nails ... It must be :+fav:
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Sweetz3307 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006   Photographer
great shot... great poem.
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Palandurwen Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful - I like the smooth light and the colours -
I like the way she sits there - like she was made off glass and could break in every single moment -
well done

:clap: :+fav:
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FlashBriefs Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2006
I like this alot. Very beautiful.
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jooly-pooly Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2006
WOW... stunning, creepy,...nice
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undyingblusher Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006
Beautiful.
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