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When I went walking, I followed my feet
On to the end of the end of the street
Following that, I walked on some more,
Finding my feet at a far-distant shore.

Not at all hindered by the ocean’s vast size,
I decided continuing would be most wise.
So I followed my feet, footsteps trailing behind,
Up to my ears in green-and-blue brine.

Though I’d now lost my hold on the floor of the sea,
It presented no real sort of challenge for me.
I swam for a while at rather good pace,
The sky and the sea closing in on my face.

And so this went on, for a week or so more,
‘Til my feet once again touched a far-distant shore.
Pleased at my progress, I then left the sea,
My footsteps emerging quite soon after me.

I walked on, I walked on, I saw cities and towns
I followed my feet, which followed the ground.
I saw marvelous things that I’d try to describe,
But I haven’t the words. Or the space. Or the time.

Over many a country I wandered, you know,
Never quite sure of where next I would go.
But I always kept on, wondering too
Where I would end up when my journey was through.

On the twenty-eighth week (and a few days besides),
I followed my feet to a soft, lapping tide.
My footsteps behind me, I jumped in once more
And swam for a month to the opposite shore.

And when I touched land, why, I kept going on!
Over mountain and valley, through evening and dawn.
Where was I going? I couldn’t have bet,
But wherever it was, well, I wasn’t there yet.

But then as I rounded the crest of a hill,
I saw something familiar and quiet and still.
I ran down to meet it, I followed my feet,
And soon recognized my own house, my own street.

And there in the dirt, and there, in my yard,
Were somebody’s footsteps, weathered and hard.
I stepped in them, wondering whose they could be,
And I stopped, and I noticed they belonged to me.

My feet would not walk; my prize had been won.
I’d gone clear round the earth, and my journey was done.
Happy like that, I stayed there, quite fulfilled:
I’d done enough traveling. I’m standing there still.



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Garnet77 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 2, 2011 at 1:58 am:
You just have so much writing talent. Seriously, how do you come up with this stuff. And I completely agree with the whole Dr. Seuss style. It deifinitely has that ring to it. Very, very well done. Every journey should be fulfilling. :)
 
StrangeJade This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 2, 2011 at 12:44 pm :
I'm glad you liked it!
 
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Princess Momo said...
Jul. 18, 2011 at 2:41 pm:

When  I'm a supermodel and you're an acclaimed and envied author, I hope you remember me. Haha! 

The poem is beautiful. Articulate. Eloquent. Impeccable. Momentous. Drastic. And yet, simple, because it has an almost childish pleasure to it.

On a serious note, this is flawless. I still can scarcely believe you have only recently been discovered. This writing and wording that flows from your soul is a true gift, Jad. I hope you make good use of it, for it may take you fa... (more »)

 
StrangeJade This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jul. 19, 2011 at 11:28 pm :
Fear not, Momo, I shall not forget you! :) And I'm so glad you like this poem.
 
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pencilsFORhands This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 12, 2011 at 2:32 pm:
I really like it, nice rhythm
 
StrangeJade This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jul. 12, 2011 at 5:23 pm :
Thanks :) Just randomly popped into my head, really. *shrug*
 
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Writomania This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 9, 2011 at 4:51 am:

You take my word for it girl.

You're getting published in the next issue.

 

 
StrangeJade This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jul. 9, 2011 at 1:05 pm :
Thanks so much! :) I hope so!
 
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