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Why I Write MAG

September 30, 2008
By Emily Marsteller, NW Washington, DC

I write to create
In the world’s massive novel
A page of my own

The author's comments:
I wrote this poem to express my passion for writing. Writing is my way to have my voice heard.

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heather:) said...
on Oct. 13 2010 at 8:24 am
that is so pretty...... :) i like it a lot!

on Oct. 6 2010 at 10:10 pm
communicativedistractions PLATINUM, Fall City, Washington
25 articles 0 photos 31 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I miss you like an alcoholic misses toothpaste."

So much power in 3 simple line..AMAZING

on Oct. 2 2010 at 5:42 pm
nefariouslyme, Richland, Michigan
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I don't know how you did it, but you crept into my mind and stole my feelings, then put them into words.  I love it.

on Sep. 20 2010 at 3:58 pm
CammyLashay SILVER, Java, Virginia
9 articles 0 photos 32 comments

Favorite Quote:
Failure is not for me.

Im speechless...(=

on Sep. 16 2010 at 7:47 am
the_real_reggie_rocket BRONZE, Spostylvania, Virginia
1 article 0 photos 20 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I like to move it, move it."-Anonymous

This is one of the best Haikus I've read on here. Extremely powerful...and cute :) Great poem!

on Sep. 14 2010 at 10:30 am
GreenLover SILVER, Anaheim, California
5 articles 0 photos 32 comments

Favorite Quote:
Time is but a number

i love it!

writting is my way for my voice to be heard also. and to express my feels i keep inside.

you shoud check out some of my new work. :)

on Aug. 30 2010 at 2:19 pm
silence-is-loud GOLD, Chicago, Illinois
10 articles 0 photos 135 comments

Favorite Quote:

very creative. nice way with words.

on Aug. 18 2010 at 7:12 am
Sanguine BRONZE, New Delhi, Other
2 articles 0 photos 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
'The hunt for love is haughty falconry'

That was very beautiful. A sentiment shared by most of us who like to write. As Roald Dahl said, 'authors let their books out into the world, like ships onto the sea' 

deka9 said...
on Aug. 17 2010 at 1:18 am
What in the world!!?? This is so profound and could totally go with everthing including living. Art is an imitation of life or vice versa. This is amazing. It strucks so hard yet sounds so soft. Amazing!

on Aug. 8 2010 at 6:36 pm
LeilaniLives PLATINUM, Fort Wayne, Indiana
42 articles 11 photos 128 comments

Favorite Quote:
"They say 'Life's two steps forward and one step back' - But what if I tripped and fell down the whole flight of stairs?"

Dear Lord, please write more.

on Aug. 7 2010 at 2:11 pm
thebushhippie PLATINUM, Sandown, New Hampshire
24 articles 0 photos 49 comments

Favorite Quote:
Leave behind your own footprints! :0)

This haiku was amazing! I thinkk it pretty much describes a part of why every writer writes. Thank you for making our purpose in the world clear!

L.T.A SILVER said...
on Jul. 30 2010 at 7:31 pm
L.T.A SILVER, Hammond, Indiana
7 articles 1 photo 75 comments

Favorite Quote:
All of the animals except for man know that the principle business of life is to enjoy it.-- Samuel Butler

Okay so the reason i like haikus is because they use so few words yet can express an amazing  message. Your haiku does wonderfully. :) :) :)

on Jul. 23 2010 at 2:18 pm
DiamondsIntheGrass GOLD, Martinsville, New Jersey
14 articles 1 photo 279 comments

Favorite Quote:
Worry is simply a misuse of the imagination.


short but aawesome.

i think thats the thing about haikus.  you have to make a really good one, or else it just sucks.  and this one ROCKED!

on Jul. 22 2010 at 1:35 pm
ShenelleCrystal SILVER, M, New York
7 articles 0 photos 186 comments

Favorite Quote:
Laugh your heart out dance in the rain cherish the memories ignore the pain love + learn forget and forgive because remember you only have [one life to live] ♥

thats nice :)♥

on Jul. 17 2010 at 5:55 pm
distressed_cinderella PLATINUM, San Leandro, California
20 articles 0 photos 31 comments

Favorite Quote:
" You can't make something stay that wants to go. You can only love what you have while you have it"

Nice! Reminds me of my poem (of the same name) that I wrote a while ago:

If you write

for long enough

til there is a continued sctrich scratch

on your paper


 you find yourself between the blue lines

you write yourself out of your existance

and into something you can understand


I start with a fantacy story

about a flower,

then I discover myself as the sun

on Jul. 17 2010 at 5:01 pm
cinderella PLATINUM, BEVERLY HIILLS, California
38 articles 1 photo 18 comments

Favorite Quote:
life is a book, you can write or read, but what ever you do keep flipping the pages

wow nice! thats the same way i feel:)

on Jul. 17 2010 at 1:46 pm
kaddancer BRONZE, Efland, North Carolina
1 article 0 photos 11 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Someone once said; 'It's the good girls who keep the diaries, the bad girls don't have time.' Me? I just wanna live a life I'm gonna remember, even if I don't write it down." --Brooke Davis


Trio123 GOLD said...
on Jul. 17 2010 at 1:44 pm
Trio123 GOLD, Sunnyvale, California
13 articles 46 photos 119 comments
I really, really like it!

on Jul. 17 2010 at 1:14 pm
Shadow913 SILVER, Hinckley, Illinois
6 articles 0 photos 12 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Remember what they say. 'There's no shortcut to a dream. It's all blood and sweat, and life is what you manage in between."' -Lyrics from "October" by Broken Bells

It's short and sweet, like secretdancer22 said...it's a great way to express your love of writing. Keep at it(:

on Jul. 17 2010 at 2:18 am
secretdancer22 GOLD, Webster Groves, Missouri
10 articles 0 photos 13 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Hidden cry's are beneath every smile"
-Jordon Himmler

I like it its short and sweet check out some of my work!