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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 Jun. 20 2011 at 10:44 pm
Adams1030 BRONZE, Tenafly, New Jersey
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Author here: f1ndmycure2013 is right, that's what I meant!

LilBoo BRONZE said...
on Jun. 14 2011 at 7:33 pm
LilBoo BRONZE, Martinsville, New Jersey
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this is a beautiful metaphor. i love it. keep on writing

on Jun. 12 2011 at 9:46 pm
f1ndmycure2013 BRONZE, -, Alabama
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Favorite Quote:
Just don't give up on trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong." ~ Ella Fitzgerald

I think the author means eventually as more of 100 to 1000 to 10000 years from now. Yeah, right now, we have family and friends who will remember us, but eventually we will fade away as individuals and be remembered collectively as people who lived __ years ago. :) 

on Jun. 12 2011 at 9:37 pm
HannahBK SILVER, Discovery Bay, Other
6 articles 4 photos 31 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Imagination is the only escape from reality"

I love this. Like you were saying, there's such a nice balance between light-heartedness and seriousness. 

on Jun. 12 2011 at 7:56 pm
Cute idea~

Curly_Sue said...
on Jun. 12 2011 at 5:02 pm
Curly_Sue, Sand Springs, Oklahoma
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Great job. Totally understandable. Really cool way to look at life. Serious yet not so much. Awesome poem.

on Jun. 12 2011 at 2:14 pm
JessJess96 BRONZE, Town Creek, Alabama
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Favorite Quote:
"Some people see the world in black and white, but never see the shades of gray. Those shades of gray are the ones that would give me hope, because they open my eyes to so much more." -Me

I loved this poem.. It is so true. Even if we do leave a mark, we do eventually fade away. This was a truly lovely poem

on Jun. 12 2011 at 12:14 pm
gogreen1 SILVER, Gretna, Nebraska
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And they don't even need to be a published writer or a famous person. Their family will always have memories of them. :) Just a thought.

on Jun. 12 2011 at 12:14 pm
rubyrainstorm SILVER, Closter, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

Beautiful. Really nice work. The metaphor was really nice, and i loved the format. Btw, if amyone has time, please check out my poem, The Girl Inside, and my other works.


cara_ruegg said...
on May. 21 2011 at 8:00 pm
cara_ruegg, Germantown, Maryland
0 articles 7 photos 11 comments

Favorite Quote:
"live, laugh, love"

I really liked this. It was lighthearted, fun, and an interesting view, though I personally disagree with a person's "imprint" fading away. Life, yes. Memory, not necessarily especially not if the person is a published writer, or has done something important in history. Then again, I could be misunderstanding. Anyway, overall good job!

on May. 21 2011 at 3:04 pm
Music-Tricks-Love SILVER, New York, New York
7 articles 0 photos 11 comments

Favorite Quote:
Your braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

This was beautiful

Mc'Blacky said...
on May. 21 2011 at 2:46 pm
Just look around you and you'll see that we are more imporant than just a bubble.

on May. 21 2011 at 2:05 pm
OminousBells GOLD, Yukon, Oklahoma
13 articles 36 photos 8 comments

Favorite Quote:
Writing does not cause misery. It is born of misery. ~ Montaigne

Love the metaphor

on May. 21 2011 at 9:05 am
missscribbles SILVER, Paris, Other
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that is lovely poem

KyleG SILVER said...
on May. 21 2011 at 12:33 am
KyleG SILVER, Millville, New Jersey
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How do you know we're more important than a bubble? 

on Apr. 29 2011 at 10:16 pm
Wow! that was a awesome poem!I love it!!! Keep it up!!!

Shmelmo GOLD said...
on Apr. 29 2011 at 9:40 pm
Shmelmo GOLD, Elma, Iowa
16 articles 9 photos 143 comments

Favorite Quote:
You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.

This is a really cool poem! I love it! Great metaphor!

Soniaa BRONZE said...
on Apr. 29 2011 at 8:46 pm
Soniaa BRONZE, Hatch, New Mexico
3 articles 0 photos 1 comment

Favorite Quote:
You can't beat a person who Never Gives Up -Babe Ruth

Wow...I Love it! Great job. :D

RyanAD GOLD said...
on Apr. 29 2011 at 5:09 pm
RyanAD GOLD, Grandville, Michigan
13 articles 0 photos 11 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Any one who ever gave his best, never regretted it."

wow thats really good. great job i like the message

on Apr. 29 2011 at 1:34 pm
Caitlin14 BRONZE, Michigan
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I love this pice you did a really good job! so beautiful