July 24, 2012
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If a dog meows,
Is it considered a cat?
If a tree's leaves turn red,
Is it considered autumn?
If a light blinks rapidly,
Is considered to be on?
If a poet writes music,
Is he considered a songwriter?
If someone bangs on a door,
Is it considered knocking?
If, if, if.
If I stop this right here,
Is it considered rude?
If, if, if.
If a watermelon's orange,
Is it considered a cantaloupe?
If, if, if.
If only so many things,
So many wonders,
Can fit into a sentence-
If, if, if.
If friends have a fight,
Are they considered enemies?
Does it matter how they feel?
Or is it just how they're labeled?
If, if, if.
A name is nothing.
If, if, if.
If what's there is truly real.
And if this poem doesn't make any sense,
Then it's a work of art.

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Michaela M. said...
Feb. 22, 2014 at 2:23 am
Wow this is amazing. Beautifully written, realistic and true. The way you addressed discrimination is inspiring this was a powerful poem and a wonderful read. Thank You for sharing it. 
so_joy replied...
Aug. 3, 2014 at 11:38 am
Thank you so much!
JRaye This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 27, 2013 at 9:59 pm
This is so unique! I really enjoyed it, it adresses an important topic so cleverly. Well done! :) Keep it up
so_joy replied...
Jul. 28, 2013 at 10:50 pm
Thank you!
ItsallboutMEThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Jun. 14, 2013 at 2:32 pm
This is amazing. I loved the twist in this. You are very talented! excellent job. Please check out some of my work and rate, would truly appreciate it.
so_joy replied...
Jun. 24, 2013 at 11:38 am
Thank you!
Pargaran said...
Mar. 26, 2013 at 11:28 am
I agree with Twilightgirl! Thanks for asking me to check out your work, you are an amzing poet! I really enjoyed this one. I don't like the idea of labelling something without knowing the feeling behind it. Or, rather, the MEANING behind it. Cool stuff bro. I look forward to reading more.
so_joy replied...
Apr. 9, 2013 at 9:34 am
Thank you!
amber603 said...
Mar. 20, 2013 at 12:15 am
You make a huge point and I love ur way of dismissing labels too:)
so_joy replied...
Apr. 9, 2013 at 9:33 am
Thank you!
Twilightgirl97 said...
Jan. 29, 2013 at 11:56 pm
You asked me to return the favor and I'm happy you did! Thank you for asking me to look at your work because its amazing. You're talented. Keep writing. I'll be watching for more from you:)
so_joy replied...
Feb. 13, 2013 at 7:04 pm
Thank you soo much!!!
my_story14 said...
Jan. 16, 2013 at 6:22 pm
And you thought my work was good. This was beautiful! Incredibly written and a clear statement. I have the chills!!!
so_joy replied...
Jan. 18, 2013 at 9:18 am
Thank you so much!!
TheSkyOwesMeRain This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 16, 2013 at 6:15 pm
Wonderfully written! Thanks for addressing such an important issue that we are sometimes unaware of exists. 
so_joy replied...
Jan. 18, 2013 at 9:18 am
Thank you!
LaurenD. said...
Dec. 14, 2012 at 6:39 am
Well written and realistic :) Good job
so_joy replied...
Jan. 1, 2013 at 5:25 pm
Thank you!
Shadowpomgurl said...
Dec. 12, 2012 at 1:51 pm
you're super at this!i love this piece! <3
so_joy replied...
Dec. 13, 2012 at 9:21 am
Thank you!
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