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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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on Dec. 31 2009 at 1:00 am
ElizabethMarie927 SILVER, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
8 articles 0 photos 6 comments

Favorite Quote:
Don't be Hatin' <3

Omg btw congrats on being the number one voted poem!

on Dec. 31 2009 at 12:58 am
ElizabethMarie927 SILVER, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
8 articles 0 photos 6 comments

Favorite Quote:
Don't be Hatin' <3

i totally agree! Veryyy nice.

Emily:) said...
on Dec. 29 2009 at 2:44 pm
Wow. So much emotion and power in just seventeen syllables. I often have the problem that my poems are just SO long. I have trouble using few words. Am doing it write now! Anyway- I greatly admire your talent.

on Dec. 15 2009 at 4:41 pm
sasssgirrrl22 PLATINUM, Pearl River, New York
27 articles 0 photos 266 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Giving up is not a part of my vocabulary."
"Don't let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game."
"Truth be told I miss ya, truth be told I'm lying."

awesome poem. gr8 job

on Dec. 9 2009 at 8:25 pm
Arluanna PLATINUM, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
31 articles 2 photos 99 comments

Favorite Quote:
“Mwahahahahaha! Now you are mine, Lesley-Bird, finally, at last, in my... oh, drat, forgot it had wings...”

-Phil, the youngest Kalins Uzin

This reminds me that a poem does not have to be long to be excellent.

on Nov. 24 2009 at 10:50 pm
scarletP SILVER, East Lansing, Michigan
8 articles 0 photos 30 comments

Favorite Quote:
"A smart girl listens but doesn't believe, kisses but doesn't love and leaves before she is left."
-- Marilyn Monroe

all i can say is amen sister

E.Lee GOLD said...
on Nov. 17 2009 at 10:05 am
E.Lee GOLD, Akron, Ohio
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its soo simple, yet its says so much! and i completely agree with you. it says alot in just 3 lines. i really like this:D

Hallow SILVER said...
on Nov. 16 2009 at 11:18 am
Hallow SILVER, Peru, Indiana
6 articles 0 photos 19 comments

Favorite Quote:
Most people don't know how they're gonna feel from one moment to the next, but a dope fiend has a pretty good idea. They just look at the labels on the little bottles.

Beautiful. Everyone else here has really said it just as well as I can.

on Sep. 10 2009 at 4:21 pm
razorzRpainful BRONZE, Pennsauken, New Jersey
2 articles 1 photo 20 comments
simple but so easy to understand..i love

Jennax3 SILVER said...
on Aug. 19 2009 at 8:43 pm
Jennax3 SILVER, Palos Verdes Estates, California
6 articles 0 photos 114 comments
Now THIS is brilliance. Oh, the power of a haiku :)

on Jul. 6 2009 at 1:51 am
EnanyWorks BRONZE, New York, New York
2 articles 0 photos 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
Never take life seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyway.

wow this is powerful writing

im impressed not long but its better than most poets

Duckie40 said...
on Jun. 8 2009 at 4:27 pm
short, but so powerful

on Jun. 6 2009 at 6:36 am
ShernayB. DIAMOND, Southfield, Michigan
62 articles 1 photo 881 comments

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

I tried so many times to make a haiku with a meaning...but I never could.

I think you executed this perfectly. Good job!

Brandi Kim said...
on Jun. 4 2009 at 3:14 pm
Brandi Kim, Sanford, Florida
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its so short. but its has a ridiculous amount of power. once you read it you have to stop, think and smile.

babygirl said...
on May. 22 2009 at 3:58 pm
i loved it

it was powerful and simle all at the same time good job

on May. 16 2009 at 3:18 am
Andrew Ketcham BRONZE, Fort Myers, Florida
2 articles 0 photos 6 comments
Emuhlee... It's a haiku

Show's how well versed you are in poetry. Comment on stuff you can understand.

Well done to the author, though it's slightly cliche. I've heard the whole: The world is a novel. I struggle to pen my own chapter. Etc.

SaraB. GOLD said...
on May. 14 2009 at 1:36 am
SaraB. GOLD, Phoenix, Arizona
12 articles 6 photos 215 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Whatever you are, be a good one" Abraham Lincoln

The story of my life. Amen sister!

Jaquie BRONZE said...
on May. 10 2009 at 1:46 am
Jaquie BRONZE, West Palm Beach, Florida
3 articles 0 photos 407 comments

Favorite Quote:
This is certainly one of my favorites: "I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes." -2 Samuel 6:22

Wow. I hope I can learn to find such power of expression. To capture a feeling as intensely and simply as you have here. Most Haiku succeed in only boring me to death or confusing me with trying to find a rhythm. But yours did something else. I was captivates by so little words so much as to wonder how differently your thought process is from us all. The piece was fantastic. Congratulations on being published. I doubt that I need to ask, but, please, please, keep writing.

God Bless,


on May. 10 2009 at 12:52 am
nxexnxaxj BRONZE, Leominster, Massachusetts
3 articles 0 photos 20 comments
i luv it! erthang i been trynna find a way 2 say..

on May. 9 2009 at 4:30 pm
GreenWriter826 PLATINUM, McAllen, Texas
21 articles 0 photos 31 comments

Favorite Quote:
''Their fruits like honey to the throat
But poison in the blood'' - Christina Georgina Rossetti "Goblin Market"

its sort sweet and to the point...in other words i loved it...good job xD