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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 Nov. 14 2010 at 2:33 pm
kmarie14 PLATINUM, Hyrum, Utah
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Favorite Quote:
"Life is either an adventure...or nothing" -Helen Keller

I love this. enough said :) check out my work?

bergert BRONZE said...
on Oct. 29 2010 at 9:21 am
bergert BRONZE, Spotsylvania, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
"When life gives you lemons, you have to make lemonade...or else you look like an idiot standing there holding lemons."-Melissa Graulich

This is so completely amazing that I can't even give you anything constructive. I really enjoyed reading this. (:

on Oct. 23 2010 at 11:32 pm
BellelaVie SILVER, Fairbanks, Alaska
6 articles 5 photos 35 comments
Adorible! It is so true though! great job!

on Oct. 1 2010 at 8:06 pm
elmosoreo SILVER, Paducah, Kentucky
8 articles 2 photos 37 comments

Favorite Quote:
Oftentimes we say goodbye to the person we love without wanting to. Though that doesn’t mean that we've stopped loving them or we've stopped to care. Sometimes goodbye is a painful way to say I love you....

This was really goooood :)

on Sep. 24 2010 at 1:47 pm
haventy0uheard PLATINUM, Kings Park, New York
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this spoke to me.

keep up the good work!


Photo_97 said...
on Sep. 12 2010 at 12:36 pm
Photo_97, Ct., Connecticut
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i really like it. i can feel that you put a TON of work in it...and if u didnt well then you have a gift :) keep going.

syed954 BRONZE said...
on Sep. 9 2010 at 7:02 am
syed954 BRONZE, Coral Springs, Florida
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amazing! this was so well thought out. Check out my work? I just got two poems up, let me know what you think.

on Aug. 21 2010 at 6:35 pm
silence-is-loud GOLD, Chicago, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY, STING LIKE A BEE- MUHAMMID ALI

very clever

Coryssa GOLD said...
on Aug. 21 2010 at 4:29 pm
Coryssa GOLD, Midlothian, Texas
14 articles 2 photos 12 comments

Favorite Quote:
I believe in the sun even if it isn't shining. I believe in love even when I'm alone. I believe in God even when he is silent.

Nobody said life was going to be simple. But some days are good and others are bad. Looking at the positive makes you a lot more happier.

on Aug. 18 2010 at 5:39 pm
poeticspirit12334 PLATINUM, Groesbeck, Texas
23 articles 0 photos 179 comments

Favorite Quote:
Wearing a Christian T-shirt, and a cross necklace does NOT make you a Christian. , "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord "They are plans to give you a hope and a future.'' Jeremiah 29:11

well yea i do but i dont just think of everything in a negative way.

on Aug. 18 2010 at 4:09 pm
possiblylindsey GOLD, Keller, Texas
12 articles 12 photos 74 comments

Favorite Quote:
"see? if i liked chris drew, id end up like randy. 5 foot 1 and vegetarian. vegetarians arent men." -camden
"what are you grinnin' at?" - mr. martinez
"you just cant recreate stupid." - jacob

ahhh. i love this beyond words[=

Babylufin GOLD said...
on Aug. 18 2010 at 2:49 pm
Babylufin GOLD, Liberal, Missouri
13 articles 2 photos 230 comments

Favorite Quote:
"'For I know the plans I have for you', declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'" Jeremiah 29:11. Thank you Lord, for this future you've given me.

I think you are looking at this the wrong way... Are you telling me that you NEVER get a little peeved that a misfortune in your life occurs?

 

Sarah-- I thought this was awesome: the approach, the vocabulary, the events that you compared. I loved it. :)

Please take a look at some of my work, if you have time, I'd like your opinion! :)


on Aug. 18 2010 at 12:19 pm
poeticspirit12334 PLATINUM, Groesbeck, Texas
23 articles 0 photos 179 comments

Favorite Quote:
Wearing a Christian T-shirt, and a cross necklace does NOT make you a Christian. , "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord "They are plans to give you a hope and a future.'' Jeremiah 29:11

even if it is sarcastic i still think it is kinda the wrong way of looking at things

on Aug. 18 2010 at 12:14 pm
poeticspirit12334 PLATINUM, Groesbeck, Texas
23 articles 0 photos 179 comments

Favorite Quote:
Wearing a Christian T-shirt, and a cross necklace does NOT make you a Christian. , "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord "They are plans to give you a hope and a future.'' Jeremiah 29:11

Here is what i think of this poem...

You should be happy for what you do have and what God gave you.

You should be glad you have a computer because some people dont.And you should be happy that you have a family,even if they are obnoxious. Be happy you have a seat on the subway, some have to walk. And that you have clothes. It doesnt matter what kind cuz in other countries they wear sacks form vegetables. All im saying is you should be happy with what God gave you, some of which we dont even notice. Be thankful that He gives us anything at all.


on Aug. 12 2010 at 8:55 pm
Smileyky108 BRONZE, Venetia, Pennsylvania
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i absolutely love this. Especially the 2nd to the last line. Great job. (:

on Jul. 30 2010 at 8:10 pm
Annika-Katryn SILVER, Fredericksburg, Virginia
6 articles 0 photos 14 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Thou art my life, my love, my heart,
The very eyes of me:
And hast command of every part
To live and die for thee."
-Robert Herrick

heartfelt, sincere. it puts you out there, and i thank you for that. keep trucking - if i can, you can.

MAX!! said...
on Jul. 27 2010 at 12:22 pm
i think its a very negative poem and does make me happy, not a good format either

on Jul. 8 2010 at 4:06 pm
ramnapotter PLATINUM, Toronto, Other
26 articles 1 photo 90 comments

Favorite Quote:
“Write to be understood, speak to be heard, read to grow...”

well , just so you know . this is now printed out with your name on the bottom and pasted on the wall of my room . you are remarkable . thanks for writing this . (: kudos to youu , sarah .

on Jul. 8 2010 at 9:08 am
Callaghan PLATINUM, Medford, Massachusetts
41 articles 8 photos 56 comments

Favorite Quote:
I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.
-Marcus Zusak, The Book Thief

Wow!! This is sooooo Impressive!

love2run GOLD said...
on Jun. 13 2010 at 6:26 pm
love2run GOLD, Star Valley, Wyoming
12 articles 4 photos 64 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I failed my way to success." Thomas Edison
"What kind of crazy nut would spend two or three hours a day just running?" Pre
"A ship in harbor is safe, but that's not what ships are built for." John Shedd

that's really good, nice job!!