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[Poetry Friday] Clementine von Radics Shares “A Mouthful of Forevers”

Mouthful of Forevers was a poem that became popular on Tumblr. Read the excerpt in today's Poetry Friday post.

Fats here.

Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a good week and are keeping yourself cool in this heat wave. This week, I have another new-to-me poet to share. Clementine von Radics was the person behind Mouthful of Forevers, a poem that became popular on Tumblr. It has inspired paintings, songs, and even tattoos.

My Poetry Friday offering will featuring an excerpt of Mouthful of Forevers and another poem from her collection of the same title. Many thanks to Margaret at Reflections on the Teche for hosting the round-up this week!

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Mouthful of Forevers

(an excerpt)

I know sometimes
it’s still hard to let me see you
in all your cracked perfection,
but please know:
Whether it’s the days you burn
more brilliant than the sun
or the nights you collapse into my lap,
your body broken into a thousand questions,
you are the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.
I will love you when you are a still day.
I will love you when you are a hurricane.

Poem for My Mother
When She Doesn’t Feel Beautiful

Don’t worry about your body.
It isn’t as small as it once was
but honestly, the world
needs more of you.
You look in the mirror
like you’ve done something wrong
but you look perfect.
Anyone who says otherwise
is telling you a lie
to make you feel weak
and you know better.
You have survived every day
for as long as you’ve been alive.
You could spit fire if you wanted.

Fats is the Assistant Manager for Circulation Services at the Wayne County Public Library in Wooster, Ohio. She considers herself a reader of all sorts, although she needs to work on her non-fiction reading. Fats likes a good mystery but is not too fond of thrillers. She takes book hoarding seriously and enjoys collecting bookmarks and tote bags. When she is not reading, Fats likes to shop pet apparel for her cat Penny (who absolutely loathes it).

7 comments on “[Poetry Friday] Clementine von Radics Shares “A Mouthful of Forevers”

  1. margaretsmn

    Such passionate poems: “I will love you when you are a hurricane” and “You could spit fire if you wanted” are great lines! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Linda Mitchell

    Wow! I love the voice…such love and power in it. Thank you for sharing. I’m taking two lines…
    ” I will love you when you are a still day.
    I will love you when you are a hurricane.”
    I’m not sure what I will do with them…but I have stolen them in the way Margaret taught us to 😉

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  3. Kay Mcgriff

    This poet is new to me as well, but I’m grateful for the introduction. I love these!

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  4. maryleehahn

    Love both of these! Thanks for a new poet!!

    Like

  5. I had to go and find the rest of Mouthful of Forevers to read. They are both profound! Thanks for the introduction Fats.

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  6. Oh, these are wonderful! I’m going to share her name and these poems with my daughters. There are so many lines that resonated with me! Thanks so much for introducing me to Clementine von Radics.

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  7. Thanks for the poems. A Mouthful of Forever seems like a beautiful love poem: Staring with “it’s still hard to let me see you
    in all your cracked perfection” and ending with
    “I will love you when you are a hurricane.”

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