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P.O. Box 2574 MAG

By Sarah Lewis, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

Dear Life,
Thanks a lot.
Thanks for computer crashes and plane crashes,
for dirty feet and dirty minds, for cold weather and
cold mothers. Thanks for protein bars that taste like s--t.
But thanks as well for small talk with strangers in the
Express lane at Ralph’s, thank you for pomegranate
chapstick and cherry sarcasm. Thanks for being
a dime short of my favorite brand of chips at the
vending machine, thanks for loud chewers.
Thank you for obnoxious relatives who ask where
you’re going to college or what career you’ve picked
when all you want to do is lie in bed and watch
reruns of “Full House” and “I Love Lucy.” Thanks for
the last seat free on the subway. Thanks for cheap
knockoffs of designer jeans. But most of all, Life,
thank you for the 1:1 ratio of real thanks and no thanks.
Thanks a lot.



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on Apr. 17 2011 at 3:34 pm
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"Keep your head held high gorgeous, they'd hate to see you fall."

WRITE MOREE

on Apr. 6 2011 at 8:17 pm
marissa87 BRONZE, Glenmoore, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
what is popular is not always right and what is right is not always popular

wooooww u did a really niice job... i really like thatt

on Mar. 28 2011 at 1:48 pm
gabzter12 BRONZE, Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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this is very interesting

on Mar. 26 2011 at 9:58 pm
SwishAndFlick63 BRONZE, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
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Favorite Quote:
Not knowing what you feel is not the same as not feeling at all.

This explains it all

This is awesome


daija SILVER said...
on Mar. 19 2011 at 1:37 pm
daija SILVER, Middle River, Maryland
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i love it =)

on Mar. 7 2011 at 8:19 am
ShelbyMarie93 PLATINUM, Lexington, Nebraska
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Favorite Quote:
"When Death to either shall come -- I pray it be first to me." ~Robert Bridges
or
"Life is not a jump; it's a headfirst dive."
or
"Within you I lose myself; without you I find myself wanting to be lost again."

╔══╗
╚╗╔╝
╔╝(¯`v´¯)
╚══`.¸.Isaac H.

I really like it!

on Mar. 4 2011 at 1:19 pm
alekstymura BRONZE, New Britain, Connecticut
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Favorite Quote:
There is no time, like the present.

this made me analyze it. really nice :)

on Mar. 4 2011 at 10:54 am
thegirlinthedress GOLD, Ocklawaha, Florida
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Wow. That was just amazing!

Angel_17 said...
on Feb. 21 2011 at 11:52 pm
Angel_17, Tucson, Arizona
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This really made me think:D

mmfdg623 GOLD said...
on Feb. 10 2011 at 10:52 pm
mmfdg623 GOLD, Lyndhurst, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
Louisa May Alcott

Amazing poem, I really enjoyed it.

mmfdg623 GOLD said...
on Feb. 10 2011 at 10:51 pm
mmfdg623 GOLD, Lyndhurst, New Jersey
15 articles 0 photos 39 comments

Favorite Quote:
Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
Louisa May Alcott

I don't think that she's saying that she dislikes everything in her list.  About half of the things she listed were things about life that she actually liked, hence the "1:1 ratio of real thanks and no thanks." 

on Feb. 10 2011 at 8:11 am
CassidyMarturana BRONZE, Califon, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"Life isn't about just waiting out the storm. It's about learning to dance in the rain."

L<3VE IT! Thanks for this poem hahaha :)

on Jan. 30 2011 at 10:44 am
remembermeplz PLATINUM, Friend, Nebraska
36 articles 10 photos 230 comments

Favorite Quote:
"when the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace" -- Jimi Hendrix

Woww! this is so amazing!I love♥ it! =]

mememelo said...
on Jan. 19 2011 at 5:54 pm
mememelo, Lamar, South Carolina
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love this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

joshbd7 said...
on Jan. 19 2011 at 8:14 am
nice..........

Jacob44 said...
on Jan. 12 2011 at 8:34 pm
If you like it, how does it make you happy?

Jacob44 said...
on Jan. 12 2011 at 8:32 pm
I'm peeved all of the time, I thought this poem was really good and it entertained me a lot. It really reminds me of when im in my poor pitiful me mode. To Olican16: Maybe the author was trying to be humorous(thoroughly doubted) but i don't think that she meant to offend anyone, besides a poem's a poem. Doesn't necessarily mean that that's the way she thinks about her life or life in general. 

on Dec. 29 2010 at 6:24 pm
Hazel-daisy GOLD, --, Other
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Favorite Quote:
It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else - Erna Bombeck

In three words i can sum up everything I've learned in life: it goes on -Robert Frost

Live, Love, Laugh - ______

Hope, Love, breathe <3 - Me

Love it!! especially the what career you've picked part!! 

on Dec. 28 2010 at 3:22 am
theMidnightSonnet BRONZE, Colton, California
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Favorite Quote:
"How happy is the blameless vestal's lot
The world forgetting by the world forgot
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind
Each pray'r accepted, and each wish resign'd"

i love the idea of someone just highlighting what really gets them and express it cleverly. in my heart i was nodding along and giving to the finger to virtually everything you've listed. well done.

PAC9311 said...
on Dec. 6 2010 at 1:12 pm
PAC9311, Miami, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
"Never compromise"

Very creative. Young Fellow.