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i asked my father if i could swim,
and he said that i would drown.
The Sea would imprison me – he said
if my feet had left the ground.

So i walked out to the water,
and cried out – how ’bout now!
He said, a little bit further, Son,
and then you’ll leave the ground.

i stepped on sand then stone,
from hollow ground to sturdy.
The sky was at my level as I
gazed at the birdie.

The Sea brought me a new idea,
the urge to flee to the high.

i asked my Father if i could fly,
and he said, sure, Son – go try.

i jumped as high as i could.
Still, i landed on the ground.
i saw my Father pull on a chain,
then i knew that i was bound.

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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Iferrer said...
Mar. 11, 2010 at 12:09 pm
I like this poem, the ways that you show of how encouraging your father can be to your interests is very cool.
 
BOBRETSMITH said...
Mar. 11, 2010 at 10:13 am
we have to break free from what our parents tell us to do, and make our own path in life.
 
bobjoe said...
Mar. 11, 2010 at 10:09 am
this poem has a lot of meaning. It shows how parents encourage you but still hold you back
 
hahaha said...
Mar. 11, 2010 at 10:05 am
i think that i like this because the dad was being honest with his daughter
 
Shabanana replied...
Mar. 17, 2010 at 11:00 am
its the son not the daughter
 
perry the platupus said...
Mar. 11, 2010 at 10:02 am
this poem made me want to cry deeply in the cry cry
 
sassypoet555 said...
Mar. 11, 2010 at 10:02 am
Very good use of symbolism throughout your poem.
 
timmyb said...
Mar. 11, 2010 at 10:02 am
this is so true
 
bigpapa said...
Mar. 11, 2010 at 10:00 am
This is AMAZING!!!!!!! keep up the good poems!!!
 
joshow said...
Mar. 11, 2010 at 9:57 am
this is a great poem
 
allie.vgr1994 said...
Mar. 10, 2010 at 7:53 am
It was really good!!!!!! I really love people who express their feelings in that way!♥!♥!♥!♥!♥!♥!♥!♥
 
LaReSt This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 9, 2010 at 6:56 am
This is one of the best poems I have read. Good Job!!!
 
allie.vgr1994 replied...
Mar. 10, 2010 at 7:57 am
I think it was one of the greatest things ever!!!!!! Have you writen anything like this?
 
LaReSt replied...
Mar. 10, 2010 at 10:05 am
I have but it is a religious one. I am wating to see my work get published here. Hopefully it will be soon.
 
chrissmd said...
Mar. 8, 2010 at 9:40 pm
this is so good... i love the symbolism you used. great job!
 
writergirl914 said...
Mar. 8, 2010 at 4:35 pm
I really like it. And apparently so does everyone else. 473??!! Keep up the good work!
 
adam17 said...
Mar. 8, 2010 at 11:45 am
i dont get it
 
LaReSt This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Mar. 9, 2010 at 6:58 am
It's saying how a parent can tell you you can do anything and/or be anything but in the end they are the ones who try to hold you back be it for a reason like they aren't ready for you to go or selfish reasons.
 
CHEERLEADER~4~life said...
Mar. 8, 2010 at 9:03 am
i really liked your poem...keep up the good work!!!!
:D
 
allie.vgr1994 replied...
Mar. 10, 2010 at 7:55 am
Yeah it was great I would agree!♥!♥!♥!♥!♥!♥
 
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