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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. :)
 
StrangeJadeThis 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. 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 »)

 
StrangeJadeThis 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. 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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pencilsFORhandsThis 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. 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
 
StrangeJadeThis 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. 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.

 

 
StrangeJadeThis 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. 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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