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The Journey MAG

March 27, 2008
By Josh Brabender, Cincinnati, OH

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.



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Duckie430 said...
on Sep. 25 2011 at 7:01 pm
Duckie430, Riverside, Rhode Island
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Favorite Quote:
“The secret to life is being who you are and being happy with who you are.”
"Whatever does not kill you only makes you stronger."

good poem!!!

on Sep. 25 2011 at 1:25 pm
Annieboo SILVER, Salt Lake City, Utah
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Favorite Quote:
Some one who gets tricked is a fool. Some one who trusts is an even bigger fool. But if you get tricked and tricked again...and still trust...that's makes you the best person to know.

I loved it. You gave great examples of why you thought that way. It was meaningful and sweet.

on Sep. 3 2011 at 10:33 pm
1224L0v3 SILVER, Richmond, California
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Sorry to advertize, beautiful piece, but my new piece is going to come out, Burned. This is my first time story, so please give me some feedback!

on Sep. 3 2011 at 5:52 am
dia.dreamer GOLD, Kochi, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"I saw an angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." - Michelangelo
"I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart: I am, I am, I am." - Sylvia Plath

simple, meaningful, beautiful poem. I could really relate to it!! :) keep writing.

and could you all check out some of my work too? would love some feedback! :)


on Aug. 12 2011 at 8:41 pm
Muh-ree-uh PLATINUM, Springboro, Ohio
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Favorite Quote:
"This one's for the girls who have ever had a broken heart, who have wished upon a shooting star, you're beautiful the way you are..."
-Martina McBride

beautiful poem, it is very heartfelt and relates to much more than just a car ride, I absolutely love it! :) great job!!!!

on Aug. 12 2011 at 8:40 pm
Muh-ree-uh PLATINUM, Springboro, Ohio
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Favorite Quote:
"This one's for the girls who have ever had a broken heart, who have wished upon a shooting star, you're beautiful the way you are..."
-Martina McBride

yes!  of course!  I'll look at your piece right now :)  and if anyone would like to give me some constructive criticism, I'm craving for it!  Please check out my poem "Shall I compare our love to an ocean?"

on Aug. 12 2011 at 8:26 pm
emilybwrites SILVER, Villa Hills, Kentucky
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Favorite Quote:
last night i lay in bed, looking up at the stars and i thought to myself, where the heck is the ceiling?

i usually frind rhyming tough great job! can you and others please check out my poem "Forgotten Domain" and please comment? i would like some feedback from fellow writers

on Aug. 12 2011 at 10:46 am
Regs_the_Shorty GOLD, Frankfort, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
There are people who finish what they start and.....

 I loved it! I read a comment that talked about rhyming and I had to go back and look and make sure there was rhyming, to my surprise there was but you made the rhyming so fluid.

on Jul. 22 2011 at 11:29 am
LaBellaVie SILVER, Bethel, Connecticut
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Favorite Quote:
with every single letter and every single word, there will be a hidden message about a boy who loves a girl

i never thought of casual trips in this way...beautiful, i really understand and love it :)

on Jul. 21 2011 at 6:39 pm
CupcakeSaffy PLATINUM, Cochrane, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away."

Wow - that was great, especially the flow of the words. Your rhyming skills are really good - the rhymes didn't feel forced or abrupt or anything. Well done!

groomske said...
on Jul. 21 2011 at 3:56 pm
I love this!!!!!!!!

on Jul. 21 2011 at 3:44 pm
KristinHopkins8 SILVER, Aspen, Colorado
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Favorite Quote:
"If a writer falls in love with you, you can never die"

very well written, i love your style and character!

on Jul. 11 2011 at 12:13 pm
laughqueen96 BRONZE, Wappingers Falls, New York
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I love this. you're painting a picture in my head and I can really understsand it.

Uga10 SILVER said...
on Jul. 2 2011 at 10:18 am
Uga10 SILVER, Verbena, Alabama
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Favorite Quote:
Money grows on the tree of persistance!

Dang* my bad typo

Uga10 SILVER said...
on Jul. 2 2011 at 10:17 am
Uga10 SILVER, Verbena, Alabama
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Favorite Quote:
Money grows on the tree of persistance!

Dabg, this is really good and I can relate.

on Jun. 29 2011 at 10:04 pm
RomeofreeJuliet BRONZE, Ottawa, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet." -Plate

Amaxing! :)

on Jun. 29 2011 at 7:22 pm
twix.n.pixi.stix7 GOLD, Stewartsville, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"you can dream big
or you can dream small
the important thing
is that you're dreaming at all"
~me! haha i wrote that :)

ok this poem deserves a million billion stars but i can only do 5!! great work!!

TheBug BRONZE said...
on Jun. 29 2011 at 7:01 pm
TheBug BRONZE, Uniontown, Kentucky
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Favorite Quote:
“I see myself as a huge fiery comet, a shooting star. Everyone stops, points up and gasps "Oh look at that!" Then- whoosh, and I'm gone...and they'll never see anything like it ever again... and they won't be able to forget me- ever."- Jim Morrison

WOW. You're a great poet, and you have some mad talent. Please, don't stop writing. You're too awesome to stop. You're going places if you keep writing. Good luck.

on Jun. 29 2011 at 3:37 pm
devikaarora GOLD, New Delhi, Hawaii
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Favorite Quote:
Dont tell me sky is the limit when there are footsteps on the moon !

i dont get it why people say journey doesnt matter, destination does!
For me, journey is the most important.. it teaches us so much!!
Awesome verse!
I loved it like anything!
Hope u will continue writing this way! :) :)

on Jun. 29 2011 at 9:51 am
mandakins1994 GOLD, Conroe, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
the past is the key to the future

you are amazing i love it i have been writeing and reading poetry for years and i can honastly say you need to keep up the good work and you can and will go far


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