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April 7, 2012
By LaurenBeard GOLD, Leesburg, Virginia
LaurenBeard GOLD, Leesburg, Virginia
16 articles 1 photo 8 comments

Favorite Quote:
“I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist.”
-Jack London

I used to be popularity's anchor;
I sank to the ocean floor.
I've been splashed with drama
Drowned by rumors
Drenched with gossip
Tossed around by the tides of trends
Swept away by peer pressure's rip current;
Lost at sea.
I was washed ashore by lost hope.
Then my mind learned to swim.
My reputation flourished with fins.
My personality sprouted gills.
I treaded water through psychological typhoon.
I stood tall against verbal cyclones
I endured emotional monsoons.
I've seen rough and calm waters
Failure and success have ebbed and flowed
And I've been swimming against the current ever since.
But now, in the vast seas of popularity, I am no longer sinking
Nor swimming
I am simply just

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This article has 31 comments.

amaria0109 said...
on Jan. 26 2013 at 2:27 pm
amaria0109, Hanford, California
0 articles 0 photos 8 comments
Hi! I like this piece a lot, but I can't help but wonder if I know you. I used to live in Leesburg a while ago, a few years, and I'm just stuck wondering. :) Are you in middle school or high school?

on Jan. 25 2013 at 4:02 pm
LongLazyDays55 BRONZE, Other, Other
3 articles 0 photos 95 comments

Favorite Quote:
I haven't failed. I just haven't found 10,000 ways that won't work. [Thomas Edison]

When words fail, music speaks.

I love this poem! Anybody can relate to it and i like the use of imagery. :)

forever1218 said...
on Jan. 19 2013 at 7:15 pm
forever1218, Sdasdasdas, New York
0 articles 0 photos 17 comments
Wow thats amazing! Love the ending! 

on Jan. 17 2013 at 7:52 pm
BlueAndRedInk GOLD, Paducah, Kentucky
19 articles 0 photos 6 comments

Favorite Quote:
"be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry" -James 1:19

nice imagery

on Jan. 15 2013 at 11:00 am
MadiHatter192 GOLD, Lubbock, Texas
14 articles 13 photos 7 comments

Favorite Quote:
" 'What happens after you die?' lots of things happen, they just don't involve you." ~Louis C.K.

Its alot like life in a way. I enjoyed it!

on Jan. 14 2013 at 5:06 pm
SickImage SILVER, Klamath Falls, Oregon
9 articles 1 photo 74 comments

Favorite Quote:
The room was very quiet. I walked over to the TV set and turned it onto a dead channel-white noise at maximum decibels, a fine sound for sleeping, a powerful continuous hiss to drown out everything strange."

This is interesting and nicely written.


on Jan. 13 2013 at 5:43 pm
LexiClare BRONZE, Allentown, Pennsylvania
1 article 0 photos 5 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Carpe Diem: make your life extraordinary."
~"Dead Poets Society"

Hi lbeard510, I'd like to say congratulations on being published in Teen Ink.  This poem is honest and I love the title.  On another note, your taste in music is excellent.  I had no idea someone else could adore Eric Hutchinson AND Billy Joel AND the Beatles!!!  They are my absolute favorite artists, and it is so wonderful to see someone who appreciates their music as much as I do.  I also play piano, so I guess we have a lot in common!  Thank you so much for your poetry, and enjoy your music.  :)

3dancer SILVER said...
on Jan. 11 2013 at 1:17 pm
3dancer SILVER, Windsor, Colorado
7 articles 0 photos 32 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Imagination will often carry us to worlds that we never were. But without it we go nowhere!"

This poem is so amazing!! This is just what I felt like last year, I was trying so hard to fit in that I lost myself in the sea of everbody else! That's when I relized why would I want to be like everyone else I was born original and I will not die a copy. But yeah this was a excellent poem!

on Jan. 7 2013 at 7:59 pm
HOLY AMAZING. I love this, It is simply perfect. That's all I can say...perfect.

on Jan. 3 2013 at 12:43 am
Padfoot507 PLATINUM, Omaha, Nebraska
23 articles 2 photos 138 comments

Favorite Quote:
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
-Albus Dumbledore

"I'm just a little bit caught in the middle,
Life is a maze, and love is a ridde."

This was beautifully worded, and so truthful. Amazing descriptions and imagery, really wonderful job! Congrats on being published, keep it up! (:

on Jan. 2 2013 at 3:39 pm
KristinHopkins8 SILVER, Aspen, Colorado
7 articles 0 photos 83 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If a writer falls in love with you, you can never die"

good point you make here, i feel the same way!

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