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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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KimaLima said...
on Nov. 7 2008 at 9:27 pm
That was really cute. I feel the same way.

on Nov. 7 2008 at 1:52 pm
This is definitly one of my favorite poems. You've got a knack. Keep it up.

megan s said...
on Nov. 4 2008 at 3:28 am
SAWAH i love you and you KNOW how much i love this poem. congrats on being published!

on Nov. 3 2008 at 7:12 pm
thanks! i didn't even realize that this had been published on the website or in the magazine!

AndrewAQ said...
on Oct. 31 2008 at 9:50 pm
beautiful