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Another Metaphor of Life MAG

October 14, 2008
By Adams1030 BRONZE, Tenafly, New Jersey
Adams1030 BRONZE, Tenafly, New Jersey
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god’s just a little kid
with a big bottle
of Miracle Bubbles
and a wand
dipping, blowing these
all doomed to


at one point or another.
they either drop
too fast, before
he can catch them,
or the biggest ones
before they’ve even
been launched.
it’s the little ones
that leave quietly
and take their time




everyone leaves a mark,
you know,
but sooner or later
they’ve all evaporated.

The author's comments:
I happened to be blowing bubbles in my room when my thoughts suddenly took a semi-philosophical turn and came up with this metaphor. I liked the idea immediately, if only because it was both lighthearted and yet potentially cynical (in pointing out that a person's life, no matter how long his/her "imprint" lasts, will fade away eventually).

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on Oct. 13 2010 at 12:16 pm
nefariouslyme, Richland, Michigan
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Maybe we are bubbles, simply because we're supposed to move out of the way for more bubbles to come along. And what happens if you have to many bubbles? They all pop.

on Oct. 13 2010 at 10:54 am
I completely agree about how you can drift down and just pop!

Camps Kid #8 said...
on Oct. 13 2010 at 9:12 am
This piece was really understandable. It had good entries like "sooner or later they've all evaporated" and it was easy to follow.

on Sep. 21 2010 at 5:37 pm
I love this its rly cute and i get what you are saying in it! :)

on Sep. 21 2010 at 8:43 am
LoveLikeWoe DIAMOND, LeSueur, MN, Minnesota
54 articles 2 photos 748 comments

Favorite Quote:
Whoever laughs first has the sickest mind.

Five stars. (:

on Aug. 30 2010 at 11:39 pm
thewriteidea DIAMOND, Pleasanton, California
67 articles 0 photos 336 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Don't cry that it's over, smile because it has happened."

this is really good! i love the twist you used to get your point across.well done!

rate/comment on some of my work, too if you'd like!!:D

on Aug. 30 2010 at 10:46 pm
gkswodls SILVER, San Diego, California
7 articles 0 photos 3 comments
i would have never thought to connect this idea with bubbles.

on Aug. 30 2010 at 1:54 pm
Summer_Girl BRONZE, Roxbury, New Jersey
3 articles 1 photo 4 comments

Favorite Quote:
“I'm not saying that everything is survivable. Just that everything except the last thing is.” -John Green

wow. i love it:) i wrote one rather similar, i dont include god but i compare each life to a ripple in a lake. :)

GaelicC said...
on Aug. 30 2010 at 10:38 am
GaelicC, Longford, Other
0 articles 0 photos 91 comments

Favorite Quote:
No -Rosa Parks

I like it. I like how you used bubbles to explain people in the world:)

on Aug. 30 2010 at 10:16 am
Marlyre PLATINUM, Kalamazoo, Michigan
21 articles 0 photos 208 comments

Favorite Quote:
"when you cry, do you waste your tears?" Madonna

interesting little tidbit... read some of mine?

on Aug. 30 2010 at 10:11 am
writergirl13 GOLD, Cherry Hill, New Jersey
11 articles 8 photos 261 comments

Favorite Quote:
All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusions is called a philosopher.
Ambrose Bierce

This is beautiful, heartfelt, and also, as you said, lighthearted. It has a very rarely thought about message, and it certainly inspires thoughts of how life is not endless and everything ends up "popping" at one poit or other. Please write more poems like this!

on Aug. 8 2010 at 9:55 am
This is so good! Love itt.

on Jul. 17 2010 at 9:56 am
Mortimur BRONZE, Portsmouth, Rhode Island
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Great! Its especially interesting how you discussed something so dark in such a light--if you know what I mean--context

on Jul. 17 2010 at 9:41 am
alaskatrailmutt, Jefferson, Maryland
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Very inspiring, it like it. I really like ur quote with how you came up with it. And my friends say bubbles ur LAME!!!! What do they know pah.

on Jun. 25 2010 at 2:50 pm
Fisk14 PLATINUM, Carmel, Indiana
49 articles 0 photos 6 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Not only is another world possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing."

This is gorgeous! I came up with a similar one concerning clouds and you have just inspired me to write it. Thanks!

Lexi-pex GOLD said...
on Jun. 25 2010 at 2:15 am
Lexi-pex GOLD, Billingham, Other
13 articles 0 photos 75 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
- Eleanor Roosevelt

ht it was really well written and very original. love the idea of a metaphor!

on Jun. 16 2010 at 9:33 pm
Egyptiangirl13 GOLD, Kansas City, Missouri
14 articles 0 photos 498 comments

Favorite Quote:
\"either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. -Benjamin Franklin

\"If columbus would have turned back, no one would have blamed him. No one would have remembered him either.\"

\"If music be the food of love, play on.\"

 wow!! this is awesome i love it!! please check out some of my work if you get the chance.

on Jun. 8 2010 at 4:05 pm
starlight26 GOLD, Miramar, Florida
11 articles 7 photos 174 comments

Favorite Quote:
*life isnt about pretending to be something you're not. It about being who you are and finding someone
who loves every bit of it."

"Life's tradegy is that we get old too soon and wise too late"

cool....very intresting. I LIKE THE METAPHOR! check out some of my work if you can :) thanks

Betty said...
on Jun. 3 2010 at 10:06 pm
Betty, Annandale, Virginia
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Very interesting and original metaphor! Loved it:)

on Jun. 3 2010 at 8:58 pm
Ninja_Writer BRONZE, Western Springs, Illinois
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Wow. That's very clever, I loved it. Whatever you do, keep on writing (and blowing bubbles)