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Daddy's Womb MAG

April 23, 2008
By Carl Haynes, Staten Island, NY

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.

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on Apr. 27 2016 at 1:21 pm
astridianmayfly BRONZE, Rye, New York
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I adore this

on Apr. 13 2016 at 9:40 am
arteatsu BRONZE, East Hampton, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for."

- Bob Marley

This is truly great.

on Apr. 7 2016 at 2:57 am
Aspire_2.0 SILVER, Tirana, Other
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cut the chain and fly high in the sky like katy perry's fireworks.

on Mar. 31 2016 at 9:07 pm
TheOneandOnlyDL BRONZE, Southfield, Michigan
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This scared me a little bit but in the way poetry should. Love it!

on Mar. 31 2016 at 7:08 pm
Aaliyah02 SILVER, Pflugervile, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
" If you can dream it, you can do it"

At first I was like huh? then I was like hmmmm then I said Ohhhhh lol nice work

on Mar. 22 2016 at 2:24 pm
genessa.carney SILVER, La Crescent, Minnesota
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Favorite Quote:
"Your boat may get jostled, it may even drown; but if you believe, you'll sail forever." g.c.

Very good at hide the true meaning

on Mar. 21 2016 at 12:06 pm
Maddsloves SILVER, Lenexa, Kansas
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This took me a minute, but then I understood. Very deep.

on Mar. 17 2016 at 5:50 pm
StephanieMichelle98 SILVER, Syracuse, Utah
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Favorite Quote:
"The prettiest smiles hide the deepest secrets. The prettiest eyes have cried the most tears. And the kindest hearts have felt the most pain."

This is amazing!!!

on Mar. 16 2016 at 7:53 pm
ambivalent SILVER, West Bend, Wisconsin
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Favorite Quote:
everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. the worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. [sylvia plath]

whoa ... love this

on Mar. 2 2016 at 10:16 am
kandace_c1 BRONZE, Parma, Ohio
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Favorite Quote:
you don't get to choose if you get hurt in this world
but you do get to choose who hurts you

this captures the feelings of many teens and their dreams and that they are on a chain and cant get off of it

on Feb. 23 2016 at 4:56 pm
Angdileo BRONZE, Stoneham, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice, from what I've tasted of desire, I hold with those who favor fire - Robert Frost

This is an inspirational poem and amazing to know it was written by a teen. I hope Carl continues to write poetry as he grows older.

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on Jan. 20 2016 at 8:11 pm
LionGrace GOLD, Guthrie, Kentucky
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Favorite Quote:
Yeah, Yeah, life is hard and all that jazz. where's the pizza?

From the child's eye, and yet serene. wonderful, loved it.

on Jan. 11 2016 at 1:15 pm
ZJcancel BRONZE, Catesville, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
''I will love you for forever and a day ''

omg i feel like im on a chain i hate it and i wont ever be off

on Dec. 17 2015 at 10:51 am
Mahalabelle GOLD, Leesburg, Indiana
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Favorite Quote:
I don't just care about my friends-- I am head-over-heels in love with them.

It almost seems as if he were a slave asking for freedom. Amazing job.

on Dec. 14 2015 at 8:20 am
Trench_Coat BRONZE, PERU, Indiana
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Favorite Quote:
"Promise me you'll survive.
That you won't give up,
no matter what happens,
no matter how hopeless"- Titanic

This is so perfect. You did an amazing job.

on Dec. 9 2015 at 9:26 am
SomeoneOnTheInterWeb BRONZE, Warsaw, Indiana
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Favorite Quote:
Writing is my drug, so let me get high

I absolutely love this poem, so meaningful, but not morbid

on Dec. 8 2015 at 4:26 pm
debasree PLATINUM, Brooklyn, New York
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I love how this poem is childlike but meaningful :)))) you are goals

on Dec. 7 2015 at 11:29 am
onlygirl2939 BRONZE, Minburn, Iowa
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i love this and you are great

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on Dec. 4 2015 at 7:11 pm
Ninrz BRONZE, Kendall Park, New Jersey
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Amazing Work! ^.^

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on Nov. 30 2015 at 11:20 am
wizad GOLD, Lincon, Maine
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Favorite Quote:
Some say the world will end in fire
some say in ice
from what I have tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire
but if it had to perrish twice
I think i know enough of hate
that ice is also great
and would suffice
Fire and ice by robert Frost

you should look up the poem fire and ice on google

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