The Journey | Teen Ink

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.



Similar Articles

JOIN THE DISCUSSION

This article has 241 comments.


on Feb. 4 2011 at 12:29 pm
msoccerm345 SILVER, Grimes, Iowa
7 articles 0 photos 68 comments

Favorite Quote:
You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.

i love it!! it reminds me of my trips to Arkansas!

--sarah SILVER said...
on Jan. 26 2011 at 5:26 pm
--sarah SILVER, Andover, Massachusetts
5 articles 0 photos 7 comments

Favorite Quote:
Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
~Louisa May Alcott

Best poem I've read today :)

on Jan. 26 2011 at 3:08 pm
The.King SILVER, Golden, Colorado
9 articles 1 photo 70 comments

Favorite Quote:
"A story's beginning is a sudden event. The start, a happy accident; the end, the fate for which it's meant. A story that never ends is a sad fate."-Miss Edel

Funny and powerful at the same time, multiple levels of depth, excellent rhyme... This absolutely incredible, one of the best I have read

txdrama SILVER said...
on Jan. 26 2011 at 12:17 pm
txdrama SILVER, Austin, Texas
8 articles 1 photo 12 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The hardest choice in life is learning which bridge to burn, and which to cross."

Very well written!

I LOVE IT!


on Jan. 7 2011 at 6:56 pm
Emma.ryan SILVER, Andover, Massachusetts
7 articles 0 photos 12 comments
that was absoulutely amazing!!!!!! best one yet!!

on Jan. 4 2011 at 3:54 pm
OriginalCarbonation GOLD, Naperville, Illinois
11 articles 0 photos 106 comments

Favorite Quote:
dream as if you'll live forever
live as if you'll die tomorrow

i love the surface and the deeper meaning. both are so striking. soo well done. it gets me everytime i read it. :)

on Jan. 4 2011 at 1:52 pm
BeYOUtiful_13 BRONZE, Tinley Park, Illinois
4 articles 1 photo 98 comments

Favorite Quote:
“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”
~Marilyn Monroe

hey I totallylove it. it seems like a narrrative poem but then it doesn't. nice one :)

on Dec. 25 2010 at 8:41 am
falling10ssupernova SILVER, Warwick, New York
8 articles 0 photos 43 comments
yeah idk sometimes rhymes dont work but i think there great in this poem

StreetSense5 said...
on Dec. 18 2010 at 2:42 pm
You hypocrite! You rhymed that whole freakin' thing! I thought the poem was marvelous, I wouldn't change a thing about the writing voice. If I may, CommonSense7, you seem like an oppressive jerk and you spelled rhythm wrong, genius. Give criticism when you how, but until then shut up.

on Dec. 17 2010 at 7:57 pm
taintedannex GOLD, Hong Kong, Other
15 articles 5 photos 166 comments

Favorite Quote:
The truth is that at some point, everyone's going to hurt you. You just have to decide who's worth the pain.

Some say having something to lose is what makes you vulnerable. I believe that having something to lose only makes you stronger.

This is great! :)

on Dec. 15 2010 at 2:56 pm
LaurenE. PLATINUM, Nashville, Tennessee
26 articles 19 photos 51 comments

Favorite Quote:
Two woods diverge in a yellow wood, and I- I took the one less traveled. And it has made all the difference. -Robert Frost

I liked it, but if I may, I would like to extend some sculpting critizium; break away from the constant rhymes, I know you can do it any-time, but sometimes the rhymes get old, and people can anticipate what's going to be told. I suggest you write at least one free verse, so you can break the poet's curse, because if only you right in constant rhythem, people will begin not to listen. =) 

jlw11 SILVER said...
on Dec. 15 2010 at 9:34 am
jlw11 SILVER, Fayette, Alabama
5 articles 2 photos 26 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The only things in life you regret, are the risks that you never take."

This was great! You did an amazing job! I really liked it. And you're right, it's all about the journey! Because everything might change once you get there.So, you might as well enjoy the ride! (:

on Dec. 15 2010 at 6:54 am
This is beautiful. I love the detail and your rhyming scheme. :)

JLET309 said...
on Dec. 13 2010 at 10:33 am
JLET309, Plaquemine, Louisiana
0 articles 0 photos 4 comments
This article is a good one. I like how you use all of the descriptions in great detail. My favorite line is,"They say it's all about the journey, I used to disagree." This line makes sense. It helped me feel what the author is feeling. This is a great poem and there should be more like it.

on Nov. 21 2010 at 8:01 pm
Suziepatricia BRONZE, Wickliffe, Ohio
4 articles 0 photos 11 comments
This was great :) I know exactly what you mean

wHiTeRz BRONZE said...
on Nov. 14 2010 at 6:06 pm
wHiTeRz BRONZE, Draper, Utah
2 articles 0 photos 1 comment

Favorite Quote:
soccer is life the rest is just details. If ya aint cheatin ya aint tryin! you miss 100% of the shots you dont take. The more you sweat in practice, the less you bleed in battle. Its nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice!

I love it! I can totally relate to that with my family going on trips!

on Oct. 19 2010 at 11:50 pm
Michelle24 GOLD, Riverwoods, Illinois
19 articles 0 photos 36 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."-Dr. Seuss

"Life is not measured by the breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away."-Unknown

I loved that it was so good AND it had a beat. I agree. And I love how the picture fits perfectly with the poem. I love happy poems, rare but amazing.

on Oct. 19 2010 at 8:47 pm
WinterFairy PLATINUM, Chicago, Illinois
45 articles 15 photos 111 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Don't dream it. Be it."
"Singing is praying twice, and dancing is singing with the body."
"Paper is more patient than man."
"Where you live shouldn't determine whether you live"

This is a really good one! I totally agree :)

on Oct. 14 2010 at 6:16 pm
c_taylor BRONZE, Pendleto, Oregon
3 articles 0 photos 5 comments

Favorite Quote:
Live, laugh, love

Beautiful :) haha and I agree yes it is, very!

ababa said...
on Oct. 8 2010 at 1:08 pm
thats is a kool picture(:


Smith Summer

Parkland Speaks

Campus Compare