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Red Light MAG

November 10, 2008
By Mackenzie Lowry, Rockville Centre, NY

The light turns red
And I sit alone
Bickering parents sit in the front seat
And I sit in the back. Alone.

I look out the window
It gets foggy from my tears
The people who matter don’t notice
But strangers stop and stare

They look at me
While they wait for a green light
I wonder if they wonder
Do they stop to think about me?

Do they wonder why my tears flow?
Do they wonder why I’m sad?
Do they stop to wonder?
Or does my existence cease when the light turns green?

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on Oct. 23 2014 at 11:14 pm
TheSkyOwesMeRain GOLD, Irvine, California
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Favorite Quote:
Life isn't measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments which take your breath away.

You are only as strong as your weakest link.

This is amazing, and I wonder the exact same thing! The fact that you might cease to exist after the light turns green is so sad and yet humbling. 

on Jun. 18 2012 at 1:53 pm
lookatdatsoul SILVER, Rio, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
Forgive him, for he believes that the customs of his tribe are the laws of nature. ~George Bernard Shaw

I think that's what great writers do! They put the world in more abstract terms, because--ironically--doing so makes our infinitely complex world more easy to think about. This is a great poem, you really expressed yourself well. 

on Oct. 20 2011 at 11:22 am
deleteddeletedFoff, Columbus, Ohio
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bravo. keep at it

RedFace BRONZE said...
on May. 13 2011 at 10:13 pm
RedFace BRONZE, Austin, Texas
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You are so creative! I love this.

gleek1234 GOLD said...
on Jan. 29 2011 at 5:39 pm
gleek1234 GOLD, Burlington, Vermont
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Favorite Quote:
You did let me go you left me broken and heartless, crying out for help, with no one to answer my calls-Shilpa Pierpont-Hale ( poem) Love hurts

i feel that way to why do people always stare at u and notice u at at a red light? thats thats the only time people notice me. in a good way i hope

AnonyMiss GOLD said...
on Nov. 2 2010 at 8:22 pm
AnonyMiss GOLD, Houston, Texas
16 articles 1 photo 30 comments
this is so easy to identify with.....i LOVE the questions you put at the end, especially the last one. it ends the poem on such a nice tone

on Oct. 10 2010 at 6:37 pm
kmarie14 PLATINUM, Hyrum, Utah
22 articles 5 photos 246 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Life is either an adventure...or nothing" -Helen Keller

This poem is wow. keep writing! its beautiful and has such strong emotion. The main question that you asked, has crossed my mind in such a similar situation many times! bee.u.ti.ful. thanks for posting!

**checkout some of my work if you get the time? comments and ratings are greatly apprieciated! :)

on May. 28 2010 at 11:14 am
JasminePinto BRONZE, Anywhere, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
we make a living by what we get but make a life by what we give- Winston Churchhill

Don't quit while the night is darkest for its just a while till dawn- Jill Wolf

I can so relate to this, this is absolutely beautiful, please keep writing

on Apr. 13 2010 at 7:10 pm
ShernayB. DIAMOND, Southfield, Michigan
62 articles 1 photo 881 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Some things will never change"---Tupac

This is good.

Keep writing. And please check out my work. Ratings are greatly appreciated. Thanks.

on Dec. 2 2009 at 12:10 am
WhitneyLovesWriting SILVER, Milton-Freewater, Oregon
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Favorite Quote:
"Live the life you love, love the life you live"-Bob Marley

Amazing, Never stop.

on Nov. 15 2009 at 7:30 pm
morgan_mabus SILVER, Anderson Island, Washington
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Favorite Quote:
Life is too short. Grudges are a waste of perfect happiness. Laugh when you can. Apologize when you should. And let go of what you can't change. Love deeply and forgive quickly. Take chances, give everything and have no regrets. Life is too short to be unhappy. You have to take the good with the bad. Smile when you are sad. Love what you have, always. Remember what you had, always forgive and learn from stupid mistakes. People change and things go wrong. But always remember; life goes on!!!!!

I can so relate to this,

that happens all the time ...

its like i get tired of acting like everytjing is okay and people who care andlove me dont take the time of day to wonder but strangers just lookat me and i also wonder if they wonder

on Aug. 15 2009 at 9:33 pm
annkaykay2011 DIAMOND, Lansing, Michigan
75 articles 11 photos 137 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I am who I am, sorry, no changes."

I can relate...alot. I loved the way you put the words together and the style, sad tho. ='[ I loved it overall =]

on Aug. 15 2009 at 5:08 am
TheUnknownGuest GOLD, Woodbridge, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
I can't remember it clearly, but it went something like this:

"The past is the past, the future is the furture. But now, now is like a gift, which is why it is called present."

I loved it!! I've felt like that too!! Exatly... (sorry if you wanted to be different)

on Aug. 11 2009 at 6:29 pm
WhiteRain SILVER, Holden, Missouri
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Wow! That was brilliant! I once took a trip, and decided to wave to every passing vehicle. I wonder what people saw, as my parents and I passed them. Some people were probably wrapped up in their own worlds, a few waved, but I'm sure to anyone I greeted I gave them a smile.

P.S. - I can totally relate to that!

McG said...
on Nov. 17 2008 at 9:54 pm