The Journey This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

March 27, 2008
They say it’s all about the journey, I used to disagree.
Because I loved the destination but now I start to see
That when I finally get there, I think about the time
When we outsang the radio and thought we sounded fine.
The many fights that made Dad say, “I’ll turn this thing around!”
And how easy we’d make him laugh to calm him right back down.
The countless times we took a stop to stretch our legs were great,
Because space can get pretty tight when the car is packed with eight.
We all took turns to close our eyes and have a little nap
Or listen to whoever drives get lost and blame the map.
Oh how I love it in the car when we’re all having fun
So how I hate when we arrive and all of that is done.
Next to the pool, with earphones in, those times I can’t recall
But memories of getting there always do stand tall.
So Destination, here we are, but not as a family.
And as for me, I now agree, it’s all in the journey.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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DemonAngel said...
Sept. 11, 2012 at 4:06 pm
I really like this poem.It brings back memories of times when i still agreed to travel with my family of 8.Its so spot on with everything we did.God this just goes to show that its the simplist of times that can bring you back to being a "kid" (like 12)
Mimi15 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 20, 2012 at 8:05 pm
This was so wonderful. You're a fantastic writer. If you don't mind, I'd love to hear your opinion of my poem Broken Structure. Cheers. :)
sbets said...
Jul. 29, 2012 at 11:00 am

Amazing! I love this!

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Oct. 6, 2012 at 7:51 pm
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InkWriter13 said...
Jun. 15, 2012 at 7:49 pm
I love this poem! So true, so relatable. Rhyming was a great choice for this because it kept up a light tone that paralleled well with the joy of car trips and journeys. A wonderful idea. I completely agree. Beautiful writing. Would you please read and comment on my poem titled In the Library? I woud really appreciate it! Thx :D
Indilove said...
May 24, 2012 at 7:25 am
I have a family of eight and i completly agree!!!! We're always getting lost and blaring the radio. I love this poem!!! Great work!
AlannaWriting said...
Apr. 16, 2012 at 7:48 am
I really love this poem, I really love poems about taking your time with things. This poem was very relatable to me and I really loved it.
MissShah said...
Mar. 25, 2012 at 12:13 am
woow! i love it.. seems that you have got a mental approach like me for me too have experienced such a thing! :]
coletteF said...
Mar. 19, 2012 at 10:25 pm
I like this poem's rhyming pattern a lot! You've created a scene, which is hard to do with words. Great job!
WindRunner replied...
Nov. 19, 2014 at 1:42 pm
I agree, and dissagree. The rythem of the poem is amazing, but I dont think it is hard tho make a picture with words.
Emilee K. said...
Mar. 19, 2012 at 8:20 am
This is so true! Especially the radio part and being packed i can relate! Great job!
MiniMags1442 said...
Mar. 12, 2012 at 2:30 pm
Wow, great poem. Breathe taking.
Bookworm1997 said...
Feb. 4, 2012 at 10:54 pm
Completely true! It was so creative how you compared the journey of life with a humorous car trip.
Dreamer13 said...
Feb. 4, 2012 at 10:40 am
could you check out some of my work? id love to get some constructive feedback!
Dreamer13 replied...
Feb. 4, 2012 at 10:43 am
and by the way, i absolutely love your poem! this past summer my family took a road trip from colorado to new york... that sure was a journey! thanks for writing that, i can now totally relate
ms.practicallyintellectual said...
Feb. 4, 2012 at 5:45 am
a beautiful poem... i so agree with you... during the journey of life, you come across so many new things... you grow as a family & you grow as a person... it makes the final fruit sweeter & more valueable...
AlexisNicole822 said...
Jan. 29, 2012 at 8:00 pm
Wow. I almost wanted to cry. My family is only four, my parents, me and my little sister. We usually have quiet or argumentive car conversations, but the whole fact that it's life and a journey. That really got me. This was amazing.
D.Kirkland said...
Jan. 13, 2012 at 7:40 pm
i thought all that is true. i happend to me but there was 6 of us and i was the only girl and i had to listen to the driver sing while all the guys watched movies in the back seats. it was fun and how i miss it. but i cant wait to do it again next november.
dickbutkiss said...
Jan. 13, 2012 at 10:49 am
Morning said...
Dec. 22, 2011 at 9:12 pm
This is really nice. My family takes long car trips every summer and brought those memories foward. Good Job!
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