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Self Portrait in Retrospect

August 27, 2013
By SpringRayyn PLATINUM, Lakeville, Minnesota
SpringRayyn PLATINUM, Lakeville, Minnesota
34 articles 2 photos 658 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Don't punish yourself," she heard her say again, but there would be punishment and pain, and there would be happiness too. That was writing."
--Markus Zusak, "The Book Thief"

I remember who you were,
I recall what you did,
but you're very different now
from when you were a kid.
How could it ever be
that you've gone through such a change?
What in life caused you
the need to rearrange?
And now I don't recognize
who you've come to be--
How strange it is
to remember that you're me.

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This article has 7 comments.

on Apr. 1 2015 at 1:37 pm
The_DoctorDonna PLATINUM, Anytown, Iowa
44 articles 2 photos 105 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Nothing is impossible. The word itself says 'I'm Possible'"

Omg I love this poem, it captures exactly what I tried to do in a poem of my own, but yours is so perfect I just love it so much

OldYoungOne said...
on Oct. 11 2013 at 3:14 pm
The speaker talks as if he or she has sold out in some way to where they can't necessarily look at themselves positively. I like it.

on Sep. 24 2013 at 7:16 pm
Laugh-it-Out PLATINUM, Brooklyn, New York, New York
38 articles 0 photos 445 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light" --Dylan Thomas

Wow. This is really good, relateable, true, and beautifully written. Great job. Keep rockin

on Sep. 17 2013 at 10:46 pm
CrazySissi GOLD, Newman Lake, Washington
19 articles 10 photos 37 comments

Favorite Quote:
My only love sprung from my only hate. Too early seen unknown and known too late.

This poem is something I can relate to because I do feel as if i've changed and I know i'm not the only one.

on Sep. 15 2013 at 1:48 pm
Carly_Elizabeth PLATINUM, Othello, Washington
39 articles 0 photos 131 comments

Favorite Quote:
"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it."
Roald Dahl

It is crazy how we change so much as we grow up to the point where we don't know who we are. I love the last six stansas the best. It's just so chilling (and I love how it rhymes) I really did like this! Great job!

on Sep. 15 2013 at 1:40 pm
WishfulDoer GOLD, Portland, Oregon
14 articles 0 photos 69 comments

Favorite Quote:
If ignorance is bliss, why is our country so complicated?

I relate to this poem in a very distinct way. It's well written and I love the message. The only iffy thing I found was the line "What in life caused you the need to rearrange?" The usage of the word caused seems a little odd to me when I read it aloud. But other than that it's fantastic.

on Sep. 2 2013 at 11:09 pm
HeatherBee BRONZE, I Live In, Texas
1 article 0 photos 1979 comments

Favorite Quote:
Go on and try to tear me down. I will be rising from the ground, like a skyscraper

Love is louder than the pressure to be perfect

Oh my God, I love the ending. it's a good twist :D