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Let It Vanish

When May comes around and the year is coming to an end
the 9th graders become sentimental, trying to hold on.
They run their fingers up and down the lockers
and make last memories.

But some of them are foolish trying to keep the
things implanted in their mind. The things you love
will stay on their own...you cant force a memory to stay.

When you spin away the combination and
close your locker for the last time, you have the last
moment to take it all in…to smell the halls, to remember
the ringing of the bell. To see the person next to you.

You have the chance to walk through the school and
say "I remember this time" or look at all the different
classes and doors. You can hug your teachers goodbye
and leave your friends behind.

You can try and try to hang on to everything about that year.
But you really can't. Too much precious time, too many regrets,
do you really want that forever? Do you need that
reminder of that failed test…of that rejection…
of that heartbreak? Do you really want to keep all of this…?

Find the courage to say goodbye to that best friend. Take
the chance of forgetting that moment of laughter. Hold on
to things you can't live without, but let go of what needs to
vanish.



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HeronHero said...
May 11, 2010 at 3:34 pm:
I love this, I relate to it and I'm going through similar feelings lately!:)
 
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Dandelion said...
Apr. 16, 2010 at 1:44 pm:
Excellent! This almost, to me, sounds like a sequel to another piece I saw of yours called, "Let it Rain."
 
dreamer_believerThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Apr. 16, 2010 at 10:56 pm :
actually both these stories (let it vanish and let it rain) were both made after my same 8th grade year! thanks so much for noticing that :) glad you liked both of em!
 
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LaVonna said...
Apr. 1, 2010 at 2:13 pm:
amazing :) i love it. i could totally relate :) keep writing.
 
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sonnysulouff This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 24, 2010 at 4:00 pm:
This is so easy to relate to! Good job! :)
 
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Doyouhavetheories This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 21, 2010 at 6:53 am:
I can relate to the topic of this poem, and I think that's why I just read it 3 times.
 
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munkyman95 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 20, 2010 at 6:03 am:
This is amazing, I mean really good, its really insightful and I can relate cause it I'm leaving the school I've attended since I was 4 this year... good rhythm aswell... very thought provoking
 
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WaterQueen07 said...
Mar. 5, 2010 at 9:32 pm:
This poem reminds me exactly of my last few days at my middle school. It was so eerie and bitter sweet. This poem expresses that feeling perfectly! Well done.
 
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greg9381 said...
Feb. 27, 2010 at 1:29 pm:
This is definitely a well written poem, although I think you could add in a little more poetic languageand consolidate a bit to keep the flow going; for instance, "Find the courage to say goodbye to that best friend." You could change that to "Find the courage to say goodbye to best friends." They're just small things, and I'm not trying to be picky, just trying to help you to get to be an even better writer. But this is great.
 
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Reagen said...
Feb. 20, 2010 at 9:52 pm:
i like this alot!!! im just about done with 8th grade so i can relate. thanks for your comment on mine!!
 
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***Rain*** said...
Jan. 23, 2010 at 4:44 pm:
Wowza. You are a really talented writer.
 
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Chibbie said...
Jan. 17, 2010 at 4:54 pm:
hey i love your stuff it is just amazing and thanks for the comment is is just awsome
 
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Like*Whoa!!! This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 8, 2009 at 8:16 pm:
The title made me read it, and im glad i did, amazinnggggg job.
LO<3VE it
 
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Lynette said...
Dec. 3, 2009 at 6:11 pm:
fantastic simply wonderful
 
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supergrrrl_4808 said...
Nov. 29, 2009 at 6:50 pm:
oooh first let me say that i absolutely LOVE the title!!!
and it totally works i think everyone can realte to this=)
 
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RheaD.Ravenfinger This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 4, 2009 at 11:42 pm:
I love this poem and your Remembering poem too. Very nice. Your Remembering was very beautiful and simple which I liked.
 
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Sheston said...
Oct. 9, 2009 at 5:24 pm:
Wow this is really good and I can totally relate! Next time when doing free verse you could try 2 add a personal expeirence or feeling in to it ( i write alot of free verse) Good work!!! *check out my work sometime mayb if u have the chance!!!!!!!!!!
 
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dreamer_believerThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Oct. 9, 2009 at 10:51 am:
i knw that this isn't my best piece of work, but this is one of my first free verse poem. read it more loose and dont try to concentrate on the rhythm, please just look at the meaning of the poem. this piece is very important to me :) and thanks so far for everyone who has looked past the awful structure, you guys are truly supportive! :)
love, dreamer_believer
 
~*el-oh-vee-ee*~ replied...
Nov. 28, 2009 at 11:32 am :
How can you SAY that???? this is amazing!
 
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bellviven said...
Oct. 8, 2009 at 1:24 pm:
this was amazinz i loved it and knew what you ment and felt
 
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