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My Parents MAG

May 19, 2011
By AndresVaamonde SILVER, New York, New York
AndresVaamonde SILVER, New York, New York
9 articles 0 photos 18 comments

Favorite Quote:
“We are the bright new stars born of a screaming black hole, the nascent suns burst from the darkness, from the grasping void of space that folds and swallows--a darkness that would devour anyone not as strong as we. We are oddities, sideshows, talk show subjects. We capture everyone's imagination.”


I am irate
With my parents

They are unaware
Of how difficult they have made
Poetry
For me

They seem to have forgotten the
number one
Tool
In a poet's arsenal

They seem to have forgotten
That hundreds of poets have
Established
Their craft purely on
Their deleterious and
Stifling childhoods

It would appear that my parents
Are not in support
Of my poetry because they
Do not provide me with
Inspiration
For my writing

They are
Too loving
Too caring
Too supportive
To have much to
Write about

Unfortunately,
I am mentally sane,
Without horrifying childhood scars,
Without deep emotional conflictions,
Without hate and anger pumping through my
Circulatory system

It is a pity
That I have been raised in
An affectionate
Warm, Vibrant, and Encouraging
Community

I will never make it as a poet,
With an exceptional childhood

I have had it
Either my parents afflict me
With these conditions,
Or I will afflict myself

Until then
I must endure
The pain and suffering

And am forced
To have subjects
Such as this
For poems



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Dessa BRONZE said...
on Feb. 20 2012 at 12:13 am
Dessa BRONZE, Baytown, Texas
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I do not believe that the pain and suffering one endures in their life has anything to do with the experiences or dreams one may possess. Love, hate, resentment, fright, whatever it may be. It is all a poem, it is all a story, only if you make it to be.

KylieK GOLD said...
on Feb. 19 2012 at 4:51 pm
KylieK GOLD, Mt. Washington, Kentucky
11 articles 0 photos 270 comments

Favorite Quote:
"To love is to surpass one's self."

This is actually quite witty. This poet is trying to make a point of saying they didn't have a terrible childhood, so they don't have many pivital moments of termoil or chaos to write about. As, in most cases, poets tend to write during climatic or aching times in their life, because an artist contributes to the emotion/subject/incedent, etc., that reaches the deepest emotional chord within them. That's where they find their most inspired work. This poet doesn't have a horific personal story, but they still love to write poetry; and pretty amazing poetry. Well done.

on Feb. 18 2012 at 5:27 pm
AndresVaamonde SILVER, New York, New York
9 articles 0 photos 18 comments

Favorite Quote:
“We are the bright new stars born of a screaming black hole, the nascent suns burst from the darkness, from the grasping void of space that folds and swallows--a darkness that would devour anyone not as strong as we. We are oddities, sideshows, talk show subjects. We capture everyone's imagination.”

you don't have to like it, its just supposed to make you think. seems to me though that a bunch of people do like it so i don't know man.

lil.awol ELITE said...
on Feb. 18 2012 at 12:02 pm
lil.awol ELITE, Independence, Missouri
124 articles 0 photos 29 comments

Favorite Quote:
"there's a darkness upon me that's flooded in light, and i'm frightened by those that don't see it" ~the avett brothers, head full of doubt

Sorry but I don't like this. I don't think all poets have some great wound and that's what makes them good, some poets right of being in love, which is by no means a wound. And you seem to be describing the perfect childhood, which does not exist

Kai17 GOLD said...
on Feb. 17 2012 at 9:12 pm
Kai17 GOLD, Spokane, Washington
17 articles 5 photos 340 comments

Favorite Quote:
*beepbeep*
"Where to, Miss?"
"To the stars."

It seems to me that this is stating a very apparent fact; most poetry seems to be of the "tortured soul" nature. This provides a welcome relief. Believe me, the tortured soul style is good, writes well and is interesting to read, but shouldn't be all that poetry is about.

on Feb. 16 2012 at 5:51 pm
michaela mrianda BRONZE, Temporary, Other
4 articles 0 photos 33 comments
the point of the poem is the opposite of what she writes about...its like reverse psychology-and the way it is written is amazeing- limmony snicket wrote something like this for nanowrimo(.com) to help incurage us to continue writing thanks for this poem i had a smile on my face for the whole time and laughed at the end.

on Feb. 14 2012 at 9:58 pm
AndresVaamonde SILVER, New York, New York
9 articles 0 photos 18 comments

Favorite Quote:
“We are the bright new stars born of a screaming black hole, the nascent suns burst from the darkness, from the grasping void of space that folds and swallows--a darkness that would devour anyone not as strong as we. We are oddities, sideshows, talk show subjects. We capture everyone's imagination.”

You missed the point of the poem. Its not at all supposed to be literal, which i was pretty sure I made obvious. it's supposed to actually serve the opposite of how you took it; I'm being grateful for what i have.

Dessa BRONZE said...
on Feb. 14 2012 at 8:59 pm
Dessa BRONZE, Baytown, Texas
4 articles 0 photos 4 comments
This is true in the sense that experiencing trauma at an early age condemns one to lifelong pain... But pain and trauma are not the only emotions one can feel. Look up Robert Frost, his poems are full of beauty, the warmth and comfort you describe your parents give you. Artistic nature isn't grown from bad experiences.

on Feb. 14 2012 at 7:31 pm
Doves_and_Ravens SILVER, Orlando, Florida
5 articles 1 photo 39 comments

Favorite Quote:
"It is not in the stars that hold our destiny, but in ourselves."

-William Shakespeare

This poem is sort of selfish. Would you want to grow up in horror? Do you want a bad childhood? You should be lucky with what you have, but somehow, people always seem to want more. Why is the world so selfish? Why?

NickyJ BRONZE said...
on Feb. 14 2012 at 4:54 pm
NickyJ BRONZE, Hyde Park, New York
1 article 0 photos 138 comments

Favorite Quote:
“In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.” ~Robert Frost

Great poem. Message is clear and pretty clever at that. I wish I could say the same about my life though XD

on Feb. 14 2012 at 3:08 pm
Let-Love-In PLATINUM, Chester, Connecticut
27 articles 0 photos 17 comments

Favorite Quote:
"You fail only if you stop writing."

i think this is so different and creative. i know some people are saying that its not fair of you to write it because you are "complaining" about having a good childhood. but i see where you are coming from, its almost humorous. i really loved it!

on Feb. 14 2012 at 2:32 pm
jericonation PLATINUM, Princeton, New Jersey
31 articles 22 photos 30 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Never let a little thing like total humiliation get between you and a good time."

i like where you went with this poem. its fresh and different. i like it (:

on Feb. 13 2012 at 6:20 pm
DeletedAccount, NA, Pennsylvania
0 articles 0 photos 25 comments
Wow! Very clever. It's true for me as well. I lived a happy childhood and am still extremely happy! Unfortunately, this causes all my poems to be fiction... I really like this. It makes you stand out from other poets in a really cool way!

OwenDark said...
on Feb. 12 2012 at 4:51 pm
OwenDark, Ellicott City, Maryland
0 articles 0 photos 14 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Too late."

It's just too choppy for me. Personally I enjoy long and flowing poems/stories. Cute plot though.

on Feb. 12 2012 at 1:31 pm
bookthief PLATINUM, Concord, Massachusetts
20 articles 0 photos 58 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Life is the art of drawing without an eraser." -- John W. Gardener

Very amusing. I often feel the same way... perhaps going deeper into your suffering, the way abused poets do, could be an edit? I like it.

on Feb. 10 2012 at 10:57 pm
Scripturient_Scribbler BRONZE, Madison, Mississippi
1 article 7 photos 5 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither." -- C.S. Lewis

fantastic!

on Feb. 10 2012 at 10:22 pm
C.K.Snow SILVER, Morden, Other
6 articles 10 photos 73 comments
Very clever and interesting. Makes you stand out from other writers. Good job

dojojak said...
on Feb. 10 2012 at 10:21 pm
dojojak, Winkler, Other
0 articles 0 photos 6 comments

Favorite Quote:
quiting is hard but not quiting is harder.

I think it very clever

on Feb. 10 2012 at 2:49 pm
AndresVaamonde SILVER, New York, New York
9 articles 0 photos 18 comments

Favorite Quote:
“We are the bright new stars born of a screaming black hole, the nascent suns burst from the darkness, from the grasping void of space that folds and swallows--a darkness that would devour anyone not as strong as we. We are oddities, sideshows, talk show subjects. We capture everyone's imagination.”

For anyone out there reading, this piece is not intended to be direct and straightforward. its quite the opposite. through this i'm admitting to my luckiness and being grateful for it, through sarcasm. I find many poets overexaggerate there life experiences, so to counteract that i'm just trying to be me

on Feb. 10 2012 at 2:47 pm
AndresVaamonde SILVER, New York, New York
9 articles 0 photos 18 comments

Favorite Quote:
“We are the bright new stars born of a screaming black hole, the nascent suns burst from the darkness, from the grasping void of space that folds and swallows--a darkness that would devour anyone not as strong as we. We are oddities, sideshows, talk show subjects. We capture everyone's imagination.”

I think you may have read the piece differently than intended. I am not saying through this poem that I'm upset and sad about how lucky i am; rather its the opposite. I'm pronouncing my gratitude for my luckiness through sarcasm. i'm sorry if you were offended but this poem is deeper than you read it