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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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Rayanne SILVER said...
on Feb. 1 2010 at 12:34 pm
Rayanne SILVER, Ely, Nevada
6 articles 4 photos 14 comments

Favorite Quote:
'Careful Wat you wish for' And "Things may not always be what they seem'

I sorta get it, correct me if im wronge please someone, its about the down parts of life, the not so goos things, right?

Anyway, it was a good poem, i liked it.

on Jan. 20 2010 at 11:40 am
another_teenage_itiot PLATINUM, Huston, Arkansas
30 articles 0 photos 16 comments

Favorite Quote:
Why are we so angry
why are we so sad
we dont need to stare back
at everything we had

This one is very positive. someimes it helps to read something that brings you back to earth instead of drawing you away from it. This is one of those things. It makes me Say thanks for what life has trown at me just like you did.

THIS IS WHAT LIFE IS ABOUT!!!

clhall52 said...
on Jan. 10 2010 at 2:02 pm
this is amazing. i love the 1:1 ratio part, it brings the piece full circle.

on Jan. 3 2010 at 6:34 pm
xenon333 PLATINUM, Billerica, Massachusetts
42 articles 0 photos 150 comments
very true without being too stuffy.

on Nov. 27 2009 at 10:34 pm
savemethewaltz SILVER, Lakewood, Ohio
9 articles 0 photos 15 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I'm never satified unless I'm crossing things off lists"

rarely do people capture how cynical teenagers are without making them sound overly dramatic or fake. you've done a really good job expressing the perfect amount of attitude with this poem!

on Nov. 27 2009 at 1:40 pm
FlyleafFreak DIAMOND, Loveland, Colorado
51 articles 0 photos 203 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I have faith in fools;self confidence my friends call it"~Edger Allan Poe
"In this world of infinite insanity, your friends are the best psychiatrists you will ever have."~Me

This poem was a perfect balance. You had sarcasm, but not enough to drown in it and it was unique, but not so weird it didn't make sense to the rest of us. Great poem :)

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. said...
on Nov. 5 2009 at 5:30 pm
thanks for this poem :)

on Nov. 5 2009 at 1:58 pm
LeilaniLives PLATINUM, Fort Wayne, Indiana
42 articles 11 photos 128 comments

Favorite Quote:
"They say 'Life's two steps forward and one step back' - But what if I tripped and fell down the whole flight of stairs?"

But it's it depressing that as many time as you feel happy, you feel sad? I mean, in reality that's probably average- considering that some people have very fufilling, beautiful lives, while others have short, terrible lives. I loved your piece though. Very nice. Maybe you could check out my work? I'd really appreciate your time.

on Sep. 21 2009 at 3:41 pm
scotchtapedreams, Teaneck, New Jersey
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Hm... I really like the idea behind it, think it's really fabulous, in fact. I also love the sarcasm in it and that, in some cases, you can't even tell right off the bat if you're being serious or not.

I understand what you meant with your ending (the one-to-one ratio, that is), but I'm not sure it flowed well. It didn't really have the finality that you expect at the end of a piece like this. I'm not sure what it was about that last sentence. I can't figure it out. It just didn't sound like it worked with the rest of the piece.

Just my opinion, of course. The last decision always lies with the author, but those are my two cents. Anyway, even if it doesn't sound like it, I definitely liked this piece -- a lot! Something to be proud of. :)

babygirl said...
on May. 22 2009 at 3:36 pm
wow i really liked this poem

you are very different writer i have never seen a poem like this and it was the best most realistic poem i have ever seen

you did great keep it up

snc947 GOLD said...
on May. 15 2009 at 7:30 pm
snc947 GOLD, Swansboro, North Carolina
15 articles 10 photos 40 comments
I love it!!!! :)

krlysabgye said...
on May. 11 2009 at 7:14 pm
oMg! i love this. Its absolutely my only favorite. ur so true to your writing,

on Apr. 8 2009 at 3:06 pm
E.L.W. PLATINUM, Glen Allen, Virginia
31 articles 0 photos 59 comments

Favorite Quote:
Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels.
The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes -
the ones who see things differently.
They're not fond of rules and they have no respect for the status quo.
They push the human race forward.

Spectacular.

on Mar. 21 2009 at 2:09 pm
project827 GOLD, Portage, Michigan
13 articles 1 photo 91 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Real Revolution Starts At Learning, If You're Not Angry, Then You Are Not Paying Attention" - Tim McIlrath

very nicely done. love it.

on Mar. 8 2009 at 12:30 am
lexikeys247 SILVER, Forks, Washington
7 articles 0 photos 23 comments
I LOVE IT! one of my favorites! you should post some more

horns_101 said...
on Feb. 13 2009 at 6:03 pm
dats a osm story!!!lol

miranda g. said...
on Jan. 22 2009 at 12:57 am
i really like this beacuse its free and raw. and true in every way. i can relate that life has its ups and downs but at the end of it all they equal out so you cant say it was bad or good. it simply happened.