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.

now,
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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on Apr. 2 2010 at 8:28 am
ForbiddenLovers... BRONZE, Somewhere..., Georgia
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Favorite Quote:
"Love, Happiness, everything imaginable, is possible, when I look in your eyes...I feel my heart pound out of my chest...I feel such joy just by hearing your voice..."

The poem wrenches at your heart, makes you remember what happens in the dreams you have. I believe in one thing or another, but this poem reminded me that even if you leave the "kingdom of childhood" to quote a friend, you can still remain innocent and naive.

on Mar. 29 2010 at 7:49 am
VioletsandVoice, Spiritwood, North Dakota
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amazing work keep wrtiting

on Mar. 19 2010 at 10:26 pm
aStrelly SILVER, Moses Lake, Washington
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Favorite Quote:
"Dignity does not consist in possessing honours, but in deserving them." -Aristotle
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."-Eleanor Roosevelt

Wow, just wow. That left me amazed, incredible:) keep it up!

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on Mar. 7 2010 at 12:36 pm
jimmy_a GOLD, Sanford, North Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
Look for me, not with a flashlight but open your heart n free your soul n there my love i shall be

i totally loved it :)

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on Feb. 28 2010 at 5:39 pm
BlueFoot GOLD, Reston, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
"Life passes most people by while they're making grand plans for it,"

tugs on which parts of you? hehe

on Feb. 8 2010 at 2:41 pm
beautifuldownfall, Kkk, Iowa
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wow...you gave me goosebumps!!! this is definitely my favorite poem on here...wow. that was amazing! more more! :P

on Feb. 3 2010 at 12:11 pm
japsystarr SILVER, Pierre Part, Louisiana
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Favorite Quote:
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its soo cute

on Jan. 23 2010 at 9:44 pm
falling-rain GOLD, Layton, Utah
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Favorite Quote:
Getr done!
larry the cable guy

i loved this, i'm pretty sure it spoke to others like it did to me keep it up!

on Jan. 16 2010 at 9:17 am
WritingInTheRain SILVER, Newon, Massachusetts
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wow, this is such a beautiful poem, you have a real gift. i love the part about "tie-dye my past blue and green and it would serve as the earth." so beautiful, keep it up!

AbbyQ PLATINUM said...
on Jan. 12 2010 at 7:21 pm
AbbyQ PLATINUM, Fairbanks, Alaska
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Favorite Quote:
"When the coroner cuts me open, he will find ink in my veins and blood on my typewriter keys."

I totally agree! Here is a wonderful verse that I read whenever I'm feeling down-and-out: "So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we sill find the grace to help us when we need it most." (Hebrews 4:16)

Thank you for being willing to proclaim your faith!

AbbyQ PLATINUM said...
on Jan. 12 2010 at 7:15 pm
AbbyQ PLATINUM, Fairbanks, Alaska
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Favorite Quote:
"When the coroner cuts me open, he will find ink in my veins and blood on my typewriter keys."

It is so encouraging to know that there are other teens out there who feel the same way about God as I do!

I have found that learning to trust and follow God is like riding a bike- sometimes He lets go and steps away so you can crash, so you can learn.

If you've crashed, well, get back up and try again, knowing that God is there and will be there, no matter what. How awesome is that?!

on Jan. 12 2010 at 11:32 am
silent-one BRONZE, Chicago, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
things arent always as they seem.

i whole heartedly agree. at times it feels like he is so far away...like you will never be able to grab a hold of him... but realy he walks rite beside you every step of the way.

on Dec. 7 2009 at 1:11 pm
mellow_melon PLATINUM, Jefferson, Maryland
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Favorite Quote:
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but my the number of moments that take our breath away."

i love this...i keep reading it over and over again. its great, and for some reason it just makes me want to cry. my favorite part is the stanza with the mousetrap bit

on Dec. 3 2009 at 7:54 pm
ManekiNeko SILVER, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Favorite Quote:
"It is better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and prove it to be true."

beautifully cunstructed

on Nov. 7 2009 at 12:36 am
lindseymarie SILVER, Richfield, Minnesota
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Lovely.

The mousetrap bit caught my eye for some reason "don't die, little" guy", and wrenched at my heart.

I can relate to this so well.

Keep writing.

on Oct. 20 2009 at 5:07 pm
tennisislovee34 GOLD, Sterling Heights, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
"Every moment of your life, you're writing. Even in your dreams, you're writing. When you walk the halls in this school you meet various people and you write furiously in your head." -Frank McCourt

I like it, cool viewpoint, very interesting.

on Sep. 22 2009 at 10:27 pm
choirchic101 SILVER, Norwalk, California
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Favorite Quote:
in order for God to use all of you you have to be completely broken

i like it. don't blame God for bad things. bad things happen even to the best of us. people may have told you before but i'm going to tell you again GOD LOVES YOU. though it may feel like he doesn't at times. he does. what kind of person would sacrifie their son for people that weren't even alive. only God would do that. that is the ultimate sacrifice and nobody has a love like God.

on Aug. 28 2009 at 9:50 pm
Sydney_UNICEF GOLD, Pensacola, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
"Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people"

I understand your frustration. Don't blame God. Bad hings happen strangely enough...because he loves you. He wants to see if even through the darkest storm you come out loving him. Remember him...everything happens for a reason.

on Aug. 24 2009 at 2:27 pm
kookoodood PLATINUM, McGregor, Texas
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That was...beautiful. People don't seem to understand it, do they? When something so beautiful and terrible as a breakup happens and you're left standing there wondering what you did wrong. It's maddening and frustrating and it drains yourself out of your physical manifestation. I'm crying now. Thank you for this beautiful work.

AmnyR BRONZE said...
on Aug. 24 2009 at 12:37 pm
AmnyR BRONZE, Clifton, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
To the world, you may be just one person, but to one person, you may be the whole world. ~unknown

sarab you did a great job. i'll say it too... jesus died for you, and no matter how it feels or what other people say, he loves you, now and forever, and you are his treasured child. just like all the rest of us. when life gets tough, turn to god, he is there. your poem was very well written, keep at it!


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