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With Love, from Colin

April 12, 2010
By inherownlittleworld SILVER, Moscow, Pennsylvania
inherownlittleworld SILVER, Moscow, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"You have brains in your head'
You have feet in your shoes,
You can steer yourself in any
direction you choose.
Your on your own,
and you know what you Know,
you are the guy
who'll decide
where to go."
- Dr. Seuss

I open the package
I got in the mail
With my utility knife
It slices through the tape
And I watch the plastic split
Like Moses and the Red Sea

I take out
Two ratty sneakers
Two grimy Chuck Taylors
A dingy red color
One white patch on each shoe
Graying, with a

Dirt still embedded
In the space between the shoe and rubber.
Still smells like feet,
The inside worn down from years of walking.

A small note inside:
“Keep running kid. Colin would’ve loved a sappy story like that.

I slip them on carefully
Tie the fraying, grungy laces,
And I Run.

The author's comments:
i wrote it about my best friend. he lived in maryland, and got hit by a car, while walking to our favorite spot. i got his shoes in the mail last night.

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on Jul. 24 2010 at 3:27 am
partlycloudyholiday SILVER, Palmer, Alaska
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Favorite Quote:
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." - by Theodor Seuss Geisel

Beautiful little poem, no ridiculous words, written simply. I would suggest not to capitalize every line. Something about "and" being capitalized always bothers me.

iDogrocker said...
on Jul. 22 2010 at 5:33 pm
iDogrocker, Lebanon, Oregon
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I really enjoyed this poem. It was simple, sincere, and emotional without being obtrusive. I'm sorry for your loss, but it seems like writing is helping you get through it. Thank you for sharing.

on Jul. 17 2010 at 11:44 pm
OfficialApprover PLATINUM, Orefield, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
Grab life by the balls. -Slobberknocker
We cannot change the cards we're dealt just how we play the hand
Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted
It's pretty easy to be smart when you're parroting smart people
-Randy Pausch

I feel so bad about your friend, this was sad and beautiful, and wonderfully stated.  Excellent job.

on Jul. 17 2010 at 6:25 pm
mudpuppy BRONZE, Orangeburg, South Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
Life is like a box of cheese and flower petal sometimes it's soft and sweet, sometimes it just plain stinks. - M.J.

I'm sorry about what happen to your friend. This was a sweet way to honor him.

on Jul. 14 2010 at 6:35 pm
Just.A.Dream SILVER, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
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Favorite Quote:
Part of the J7X team. :)

Awe, that's so sad about your friend. :(

You're a good writer, loved this poem!