sometimes i remember MAG

November 18, 2008
By Holly McDede, South Plainfield, NJ

sometimes i remember
dr. seuss books that declared
with such certainty
that individuality was
all that mattered

bible verses that explained
why we would be going to hell
if we didn’t pick up the pace

looking through mousetraps
and crossing our fingers
as we prayed:

don’t die, little guy,
don’t die, don’t die.

on an apple-juice stained sofa
i watch smoke leave
a sagging body in a gray sweatshirt directly
through the nose
and i wonder if this is what
dr. seuss meant all those years ago about
nonsense waking up the brain cells.

and i’m thinking,
i shouldn’t let you do this.

but then again,
i am such a hypocrite.

sometimes i remember
sunday school priests
and how they would describe
heaven as this place where
you love god
so passionately that
it is enough
and it is enough
and it is enough.

so maybe if i could believe in
boys in the ripped jeans
and gray hoodies
enough to make them gods
i could make this world
heaven and i could tie-dye
my past blue and green
and it would serve as earth.

sometimes i remember god,
and sometimes he remembers me.

but i always seem to
remember you.

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Em287 said...
on Jun. 12 2011 at 4:19 pm
Wow! I LOVE the lines "Sometimes I remember God, and sometimes he remembers me." That is a breathtaking statement and it's heartbreaking at the same time. This is wonderful!

on Jun. 2 2011 at 6:44 pm
HallieAnnaLissette BRONZE, Adrian, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
"Never let the fear of the dark, keep you from seeing the moon." - Unknown

I love the transition in your words, it squeezed my heart :o) Beautifully sad in a soothing way.

on May. 21 2011 at 12:14 pm
JoPepper PLATINUM, Annandale, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
"Freedom is the ability to not care what the other person thinks."

"Not all those who wander are lost" --JRR Tolkien

"When you are listening to music it is better to cover your eyes than your ears." --Jose' Bergamin

That was really good, I loved it.  Can you please check out some of my work.  Thank you.  I<3 it.

on May. 11 2011 at 7:20 pm
Fuggin_Fuggers SILVER, San Jacinto, California
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Favorite Quote:
"Sometimes it not about winning the race,its just being apart of it."
"Life's like an hour glass glued to a table."

is is amazing loved it i was speechless

on May. 10 2011 at 7:35 pm
leewin812 BRONZE, River Falls, Wisconsin
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Favorite Quote:
Romans 6:21 what benefit did you reap at the time from the things which you are now ashamed of?

You took those words straight from my heart. You must have... Because reading them nearly ripped my heart out... (In a good way). Thank you for creating this.

on Apr. 7 2011 at 5:28 pm PLATINUM, Tosa, Wisconsin
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Favorite Quote:
"I'm in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into a void, and that oblivion is inevitable... and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we'll ever have, and I am in love with you." Augustus Waters

o. my. god. speechless.

on Mar. 28 2011 at 7:56 pm
literaturelover GOLD, Albuquerque, New Mexico
15 articles 0 photos 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Do not fear death, fear an un-lived life."

Amazing! I almost cried reading it! I was really moved

on Mar. 16 2011 at 5:50 pm
RisaLovesYouu GOLD,
13 articles 6 photos 7 comments

Favorite Quote:
Don't settle for a spark.. light a fire.

Wow. amazing poetry. It moved me.

on Mar. 16 2011 at 3:28 pm
ripvansprinkle, West Chester, Ohio
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Favorite Quote:
"Smash the mirrors but avoid the pieces." - B. McNally


on Mar. 16 2011 at 9:16 am
andshesfearlesss, West Harrison, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"wars were made instead by something ignorant in the human heart" John Knowles- A Separate Peace

this is amazing. words can't even explain how amazing this is to me. 

WriterGeek<3 said...
on Jan. 31 2011 at 9:43 pm
Even though its religious. It can carry a meaning to everyone. It reminded me of childhood. When everything was good enough. (Just my interpretation)

Vidra PLATINUM said...
on Jan. 31 2011 at 7:19 pm
Vidra PLATINUM, Midlothian, Virginia
46 articles 17 photos 89 comments

Favorite Quote:
“I write only because
There is a voice within me
That will not be still.”
-Sylvia Plath

Ok this is so powerful that it almost made me cry. And the werid thing is that it's not even a sad poem. But it kinda is? I don't know there was a tinge of sadness I could feel. Favorite lines:

"...and how they would describe
heaven as this place where
you love god
so passionately that
it is enough
and it is enough
and it is enough."

Kiyoko GOLD said...
on Jan. 9 2011 at 8:06 pm
Kiyoko GOLD, Knoxville, Tennessee
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Favorite Quote:
Independence is my happiness, I view things as they are without regard to place or person. My country is the world, and my religion is to do good. - Thomas Paine

Oh my god. You are an amazing writer. This is a very, very good writer. My only comment is that the last two lines, "but I always seem to remember you" doesn't really seem to fit into the rest of the poem. Seriously great poem though. It really means something. 

on Jan. 9 2011 at 7:06 pm
claudiathewho SILVER, West Tisbury, Massachusetts
8 articles 1 photo 43 comments

This stood out to me:


don’t die, don’t die.

on an apple-juice stained sofa


and I don't know why. Nice poem overall. The picture made me want cupcakes.

on Dec. 30 2010 at 6:34 pm
xTheKillerDollx SILVER, Wood Dale, Illinois
6 articles 0 photos 17 comments

Favorite Quote:
Tiffany: Well i'm not getting pregnant again. My mother always said once is a blessing, twice is a curse.
Chucky: Well that would explain your sister...
-Seed of Chucky-

love it love it love it! 

reminds me of my past :)

reddd8 BRONZE said...
on Dec. 18 2010 at 9:04 pm
reddd8 BRONZE, Chesterfield, Michigan
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amazing poem(:

Emilie BRONZE said...
on Dec. 18 2010 at 11:49 am
Emilie BRONZE, Cranford, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"Today you are you, that is truer than true, there will never be anyone youer than you" Dr. Suess

i really liked this poem but i got a sort of different view of it.  I thought it was more negative on God, and I really agree.  I think that I believe in him but its hard to remember all the time, I seem to put other things on a higher level.  I've been toying with writing poems on believing but not necessesarily being happy with it? And I like the idea of corrputing the innocent. <3

on Nov. 26 2010 at 9:34 pm
Brooklynn SILVER, Lake Villa, Illinois
9 articles 0 photos 15 comments

Favorite Quote:
"life is 10% of what happens to me and 90% of how i react to it" John Maxwell

this poem was really good and i loved it. Also sometimes the best poems dont have the best punctuation. I really loved it and you are a very talented writer.

on Nov. 26 2010 at 6:08 pm
classngrl BRONZE, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
3 articles 1 photo 13 comments

Favorite Quote:
the sun also shines on the wicked.

-lucius Seneca

that kinda made u think bout what ur missing in life when u dont stop to think about it

on Nov. 15 2010 at 9:59 am
MeanPeopleDead SILVER, Rouseville, Pennsylvania
7 articles 0 photos 19 comments

Favorite Quote:
"i yam what i yam and that's all that i yam" -popeye, the sailor man
"it's better to burn out then to fade away" -kurt cobain

This is beautiful. It reminds me of sad cupcakes smoking ciggarettes on the sidewalk outside of the local bar


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