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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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Kri.Kri BRONZE said...
on Jun. 29 2011 at 9:04 am
Kri.Kri BRONZE, Brick, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
Que Sera, Sera

amazing. keep writing!

on Jun. 11 2011 at 10:33 pm
Angel_Williams BRONZE, Alton, Missouri
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Favorite Quote:
"The silence scares me cuz screams the truth" - P!nk

I LOVE this peom! its epic!

Joele12 said...
on Jun. 7 2011 at 5:13 pm
Well written. It showed me how you viewed road trips, most people are bored and have nothing to do but you cherish those moments. I enjoyed this, please write more

on Jun. 7 2011 at 1:17 pm
KkiddInkk SILVER, McDonough, Georgia
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Favorite Quote:
I live by the 3 L's and the 3 D's.. Live, Love, Life : Do, Done, Die. - Me

this is BEAUTFUL.. 

on May. 16 2011 at 5:31 pm
kkayla3897 BRONZE, Ogden, Utah
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All I can say is WOW! That really got to me. So true, so true. You are an amazing poet.

on May. 16 2011 at 5:02 pm
ThisGirlWillMakeMistakes PLATINUM, Raymore, Missouri
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Favorite Quote:
"Don't cry because it's over,
Smile because it happened."


-Dr. Suess

Ok well, since you are a guy, it makes this poem even more amazing, I honestly never knew a guy could be that deep. I hope you write more.(:

reblep GOLD said...
on May. 16 2011 at 4:01 pm
reblep GOLD, Chester, Connecticut
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Favorite Quote:
the sun through my window, warming my skin...

i loved this, i totally agree. the rhyming was great. 

on May. 16 2011 at 3:32 pm
to.hold.the.sun SILVER, Maryville, Tennessee
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Favorite Quote:
"You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you'll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present." -John Green

*My siblings and I*. Such an egregious grammar error! Sorry about that. Yes, I am a perfectionist. ;)

on May. 16 2011 at 3:30 pm
to.hold.the.sun SILVER, Maryville, Tennessee
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Favorite Quote:
"You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you'll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present." -John Green

This was fantastic, and I couldn't agree more. Now that me and my siblings have sort of gone our separate ways, I look back more fondly on the long road trips than the actual vacation. I feel like, even though it was really long and boring, we bonded so much on those horribly long car rides, and I wouldn't trade that for anything. Truly, great job; you described it perfectly! 

on May. 16 2011 at 1:53 pm
Mojo4133 BRONZE, Tropy Club, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
“It's all fun and games, until someone looses an eye...than it's fun and games you can't see anymore.”
-James Hetfield

Nice job. Very well writen. 

Ehwaz11 BRONZE said...
on May. 16 2011 at 1:12 pm
Ehwaz11 BRONZE, Hopkinton, New Hampshire
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Favorite Quote:
"It's important to remember that we all have magic inside us."
- J.K. Rowling
“Oh, dead man, you’re dead wrong,” I tell him. “The world goes on stupid and brutal, but I do not. Can’t you see? I do not.” -Andi Alpers, Jennifer Donnelly

This is how I feel :)

I loved this poem-extraordinarily well written, and I loved the rhymes!

 


on May. 16 2011 at 1:02 pm
emmatoga02 SILVER, Gansevoort, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"I Came. I Sang. I Conquered."
"One mans crazyness is anothers reality."

This poem is amazing! This has a lot of meaning behind it and I like that a lot of it is about how the simple things in life are most important!

on May. 16 2011 at 8:32 am
Kelsey_O SILVER, Essex Fells, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities," JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Great piece!

on May. 16 2011 at 2:24 am
aspiringteensta, Dubai, Alabama
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Favorite Quote:
'Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times,
One must only remember to turn on the light.'

A truly wonderful poem...and I totally agree that its all about the journey..

on May. 2 2011 at 10:47 am
whats with the happy chick jumping?

on Apr. 26 2011 at 11:03 pm
toschoolforcool BRONZE, Redwood City, California
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Favorite Quote:
"People, in general, suck."
~my uncle, Joel

i really enjoyed reading it. it's so very humbling. 

on Apr. 24 2011 at 11:30 pm
Egyptiangirl13 GOLD, Kansas City, Missouri
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Favorite Quote:
\"either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. -Benjamin Franklin

\"If columbus would have turned back, no one would have blamed him. No one would have remembered him either.\"

\"If music be the food of love, play on.\"

this is great i love it!!

on Apr. 24 2011 at 9:04 pm
KaitlynG BRONZE, Abbeville, Louisiana
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At my school I am doing an elocution contest and was wondering if I could use this poem?It is simple and beautiful.Please respond A.S.A.P.Thank you.

on Apr. 24 2011 at 8:17 pm
KaitlynMarie GOLD, Northborough, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
"I finally understood what true love meant...love meant that you care for another person's happiness more than your own, no matter how painful the choices you face might be."
-Nicholas Sparks

this is such a cute poem!

dren123 said...
on Apr. 24 2011 at 4:09 pm

So amazing and love all the realness you put in it

 



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