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Mandatory Poem MAG

By Brandon Sprague, Hull, MA

I have to write a poem for English
But I don’t know what’s right to write
Maybe I can use school as the theme
I think I actually might

But school is such a lame topic
I need something much better
Like family and friends, or possibly sports
Or the ever-changing New England weather

Whatever one I decide to write
I have to make it good
A lot of lines, a couple rhymes
Some vocab words? I should

Geopolitics and myopia, perhaps
But neither of those words rhyme
It makes no sense to put those in
And I’m running out of time

If I don’t write a poem soon
I think I’ll surely fail
If I don’t hurry up
There will be nothing for me to mail

And I still don’t have a topic
I’ll never get this done
A poem shouldn’t be this hard to write
A single one! Just one

A peculiar thing just happened
That I have stumbled upon
It seems I wrote a poem
From simply rambling on!

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SallyW. BRONZE said...
on Aug. 16 2016 at 10:26 am
SallyW. BRONZE, Atlanta, New York
4 articles 0 photos 23 comments

Favorite Quote:
"There's no point in being an adult if you can't act childish sometimes." - Doctor Who, The 4th Doctor.

Awesome poem! Funny and well-written.

on May. 18 2012 at 9:04 pm
meganthatsme123 SILVER, Glendale, California
5 articles 0 photos 1 comment

Favorite Quote:
"Don't judge a book by it's cover."

this is pretty funny(x good job!

on May. 18 2012 at 6:01 pm
BekkaGoodwin BRONZE, Haddonfield, New Jersey
2 articles 0 photos 42 comments

Favorite Quote:
"We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves from others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves." -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Wow this is really good! I love it! Brillant job!

on Jan. 7 2012 at 3:18 pm
Mimi15 PLATINUM, Belfast, Maine
49 articles 0 photos 74 comments
This is pretty nifty. Check out my poem 'On our Own' ? Keep writing :)

Manish9 SILVER said...
on Jan. 6 2012 at 3:09 am
Manish9 SILVER, Kanpur, Other
6 articles 12 photos 110 comments
hey .. this is something really great ! As for me ... no i am not a free-mason . Just an average teenjust like you . But i live in India .

Tremendous said...
on Dec. 24 2011 at 10:21 pm
Not the most original idea, but incredibly, wonderfully and masterfully executed.*applause*

babysteps GOLD said...
on Dec. 16 2011 at 7:55 pm
babysteps GOLD, Wayland, Massachusetts
11 articles 5 photos 40 comments

Favorite Quote:
"An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind."
~Mahatma Gandhi

I love this so much!!! I totally know what you mean in this I love to write but when I have to for school... UHHH

on Dec. 16 2011 at 11:25 am
SpringMoon98 GOLD, Ava, New York
11 articles 0 photos 12 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Everyone wants to change the world, but do they ever stop to think about changing themselves?"
Leo Tolstoy

This is a really cool poem. :D

on Nov. 24 2011 at 4:22 am
FULLSTOP GOLD, Skipton, North Yorkshire, Other
13 articles 7 photos 103 comments

Favorite Quote:
forever and ever and ever and ever will never be enough

love it, it's really clever. was there ever an english assignment and if there was, what did you submit?

on Oct. 13 2011 at 6:12 pm
Countrylife4 GOLD, Maine
11 articles 4 photos 118 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Someday soon we're gonna catch that dream we've been chasing"
"Seven days without a horse makes one weak."
"The worst part of riding is when you dismount."

Insult my clothes, I say, “Okay, thanks for the compliment.”
Insult the way I look, I say, “Thanks for notifying me.”
Mock me and say riding isn’t a sport, and I’ll say,”You say that ’cause you can’t ride.” But before you make fun of my horse, make sure you have “911″ on your speed dial.

Clever, Clever!! Love it!!

on Oct. 11 2011 at 11:35 am
A_Braden BRONZE, Glendale, Arizona
1 article 0 photos 4 comments
Ha great poem, i love how you made a poem out of nothing. Smart rhyming and perfect length. I would have liked to hear the poem make sense in the beginning but the end brought it together

on Jun. 16 2011 at 8:51 pm
IamtheshyStargirl PLATINUM, Lothlorien, Utah
44 articles 16 photos 2216 comments

Favorite Quote:
Boredom instigates extreme creativity.

"Bowing gratefully to all of my subjects, 'thank you. Thank you. The pleasure is mine." Nah, I'm just kidding. We're all kings together.'"

Hahaha, love it! Very clever and wry.

on Jun. 1 2011 at 8:22 pm
Turnkaylc BRONZE, Three Rivers, Michigan
1 article 0 photos 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
Life's a dance you learn as you go.

 This reminds me of "I have to write a poem for class"  by Jack Prelutsky

on May. 10 2011 at 8:46 pm
Jackson2 BRONZE, Falmouth, Maine
1 article 0 photos 2 comments
Clever. I like the ending.

on May. 10 2011 at 7:19 pm
AndySixxLover GOLD, Weatherford, Texas
12 articles 0 photos 40 comments

Favorite Quote:
These violent delights have violent ends and in there triumph die like fire and powder in witch their kiss consume


on Mar. 27 2011 at 11:09 am
FeelTheRomance18, Tucson, Arizona
0 articles 0 photos 40 comments

Favorite Quote:
love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged cupid painted blind. -Lysander, A Midsummer Night's Dream

omg you are so lucky you live in new england! I live in the desert. its summer right now.

on Jan. 20 2011 at 2:51 pm
blackrabbit GOLD, Norfolk, Virginia
15 articles 0 photos 9 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Let it Go"

very clever :)

keep writing

on Dec. 7 2010 at 1:03 pm
peachy37 BRONZE, Opelousas, Louisiana
3 articles 0 photos 10 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The ones we love never truly leave us." --Albus Dumbledore

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes." --Marcel Proust


on Nov. 19 2010 at 1:25 pm
holly.nicole SILVER, Templeton, Massachusetts
9 articles 0 photos 33 comments

Favorite Quote:
"It's Only Awkward, If You Make It Awkward."

Oh my goodness I love this ALOT it's real clever! PS Yes, yes, New England's whether is ALWAYS changing lol(:

.sunshine. said...
on Oct. 24 2010 at 1:47 pm
.sunshine., Ashtabula, Ohio
0 articles 0 photos 10 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Whatever doesnt kill me makes me stronger"

Nice poem.