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By Jodi L., Cincinnati, OH

No one ever remembers Gene Forrester.
If he weren’t a fictional character
on an all-too-familiar journey of
self discovery,
he might be upset.
(jealous of Holden Caulfield even)
I’d like to talk to him,
If he were real, that is.
He’s like the middle child,
lonely and intellectual.
Completely void of attention.
No one cares.
His story is not a classic.
It’s not required reading for
high-school students across the nation.
Maybe Knowles was jealous of Salinger.
Maybe he yearned for a successful novel
that would spark the interest of
curious teenagers for decades to come.
If Gene Forrester were real though,
(hypothetically, of course)
he reads this,
I want him to know that
I remember him.

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i love this so much!

i liked it it's so cool

Fantastic poem,very nice

very good peom

on Sep. 29 2017 at 12:42 pm
Breezette DIAMOND, Uniontown, Arkansas
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Favorite Quote:
Every Time I even think of you, all those bad memories just fade away, 'cause your smile's enough, you're enough...

I am also a middle child, and this does describe it, no attention, no love, it sucks.

on Apr. 6 2016 at 10:01 pm
ambivalent SILVER, West Bend, Wisconsin
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Favorite Quote:
everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. the worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. [sylvia plath]

had to look up who gene forrester was, and was embarrassed to do so. i read a separate peace eighth grade year, and forgot him already. keeping the deeper meaning of this poem in mind would make the world a better place.

on Mar. 12 2014 at 8:33 am
Canadotas PLATINUM, Harrisonburg, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
“As our circle of knowledge expands, so does the circumference of darkness surrounding it.” --Albert Einstein

I like the idea behind this a lot, that you don't have to be a star to be important or great. You can be outshined and still be loved. That message is really hard for me to remember sometimes, so it's really nice to read it. Thank you.

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on Nov. 5 2013 at 9:39 am
JLEIGH96 GOLD, Corydon, Indiana
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Favorite Quote:
Everyone is a genius, but if you judge a fish on its ability to climb it will live its entire life believing it is stupid. -Albert Einstein

I really love this. Being the oldest of many siblings I wouldnt know where you were coming from, but you helped me understand.

on Nov. 2 2013 at 11:09 pm
DontxstopxImagining BRONZE, Janesville, Wisconsin
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Favorite Quote:
My thoughts are stars I can not fathom into constellations - John Green

I am the middle child of the family, of three girls, the middle daughter and I can totally relate to this, its lovely

on May. 23 2010 at 7:40 pm
waywithwords GOLD, Forest Hill, Maryland
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Favorite Quote:
~~Isn't it funny how the most important things in life aren't things?~~

I love your poem and I love that book! :) I remember him too.

on May. 23 2010 at 11:46 am
TheSummoningFreak PLATINUM, Lugoff, South Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
if you can never let yourself fall you'll never know what it's like to love

love . love .love it !!!!!