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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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Buurrry said...
on Oct. 30 2013 at 12:12 pm
Buurrry, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Favorite Quote:
Time is a slut. She screws everybody. - John Green, The Fault in our Stars

That's deep

Nsuku BRONZE said...
on Oct. 28 2013 at 4:01 am
Nsuku BRONZE, Letsitele, Other
1 article 0 photos 1 comment

Favorite Quote:
Knowledge is like a garden, when not cultivated it cannot harvest

Wow it would take me hours to explain why I write but this is extremely beautiful....Keep calm and keep creating art<3

Haiku56 said...
on Oct. 4 2013 at 2:52 pm
I like how you can write so little yet so strong. :)

PixiePoet GOLD said...
on Sep. 14 2013 at 1:00 pm
PixiePoet GOLD, Woodbine, Maryland
11 articles 0 photos 35 comments

Favorite Quote:
"We must not lose this sense of possibility because in the end, it's all we have." - Marina Keegan

Wow, this is really sweet.  Incredibly relatible, so close to perfect.  I loved the comparison to to world being a novel, reminding me of this huge book, with individual pages of humanities stories.  Brilliant job.

on Aug. 16 2013 at 10:40 am
fairygabby99 BRONZE, Blacksburg, Virginia
1 article 3 photos 26 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you are reading this, you can read!"

It's great to imagine one huge book full on writing. I wonder if I have a page yet.

on Aug. 4 2013 at 6:05 pm
RelativetoWriting GOLD, Brecksville, Ohio
13 articles 0 photos 34 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes."
-Walt Whitman

I love how you addresses both the individual and the world in your haiku. Spectacular job! 

on Jul. 30 2013 at 11:53 am
writefearless SILVER, Manila, Other
8 articles 0 photos 48 comments

Favorite Quote:
scare your fear before it scares you.

i can't think of anything to praise this piece. it's just so perfect. i totally love this. ♥

on Jul. 19 2013 at 2:21 am
sameroche BRONZE, Raceland, Louisiana
2 articles 0 photos 8 comments
Incredible how with so few words one can arouse so much emotion in others. This is beautiful and breathtaking! You should be very proud! LOVE! :)

on Jun. 15 2013 at 12:36 am
Positivity_At_Its_Finest DIAMOND, Morrow, Georgia
56 articles 2 photos 148 comments

Favorite Quote:
Life is a stage, get on it and perform your best act.

your words took my breath away, seriously. i didn't realize that i felt the exact way until i read this.

on Jun. 13 2013 at 1:21 pm
McDevitt BRONZE, Greentown, Pennsylvania
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So short but so brilliant. So rare to see somebody have such an amazing out look. I feel that your very inspirational. I think that you should write to teach, and also write to learn. Your an amazing writer, and you should be proud.

on May. 6 2013 at 10:11 pm
Clarabelle SILVER, Caracas, Other
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Everyone can relate to this poem, not only writers and poets - brilliant work

on Mar. 15 2013 at 6:20 pm
pulledheartstring, San Jose, California
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Favorite Quote:
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. -- Mahatma Gandhi

Ah, so simple yet so sparkling.

on Jan. 31 2013 at 10:34 am
LastWarrior7 BRONZE, Floyds Knobs, Indiana
2 articles 0 photos 5 comments

Favorite Quote:
"There will only be one of you for all eternity, so be yourself Fearlessly"

absolutely brilliant, if you are still active on this site can you teach me a  few tips fro writing haiku poetry

on Jan. 15 2013 at 2:51 am
SaphiraBrightscales DIAMOND, Islamabad, Other
75 articles 16 photos 1143 comments

Favorite Quote:
I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou
When i was little/I used to point a chubby finger toward the dark sky/And ask my father/why some stars moved and others didn’t/He would laugh and explain that some were airplanes/I still wish on them today ~ Laugh-It-Out
The feathers of a crow are black/The ink of my pen is blacker/The pain of my heart is blackest~ Mckay
If love produced a blossom/I’d take it in my palm/What a blessing, the bright color!/How soothing, such a balm!/I’d keep a petal for my own/The rest, drop from my hands/For such a flower would multiply/And populate the lands~ thesilentraven
And I began to rival legends/Long entombed before my birth./But for all my much envied fame/The lust for more would not abate./The plaques and prizes with my name/Will, like all things, disintegrate. ~ TheEpic95 now known as Helena_Noel

Same Here!! Your poem said it all......Beautifully put ..,. <3

on Jan. 9 2013 at 12:33 pm
JonathanQ BRONZE, Las Vegas, Nevada
3 articles 0 photos 2 comments
i can see why you love writing

Tasalyn SILVER said...
on Jan. 5 2013 at 7:36 pm
Tasalyn SILVER, Grand Junction, Colorado
6 articles 0 photos 17 comments

Favorite Quote:
My thoughts are stars I can't fathom into constellations -"The Fault In Our Stars" by John Green

I honestly absoulutly love this!! I feel the same way with my writing. Please, write more :)

on Dec. 22 2012 at 7:54 pm
CassieRaye GOLD, Springfield, Missouri
19 articles 0 photos 9 comments

Favorite Quote:
Some may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one.

Very relatable. Simple but gorgeous

on Dec. 21 2012 at 11:14 pm
VickyNickyKitty SILVER, Lincolnton, North Carolina
5 articles 0 photos 15 comments

Favorite Quote:
Praise him with the tambourine and dancing; praise him with strings and flutes!
-Psalm 150:4

Beautiful Haiku!

Isabelle C. said...
on Dec. 21 2012 at 12:30 pm
I totally agree with your poem. For me, writing is also a way to get my vocie heard and to express my thoughts and feelings. Well done!

on Dec. 8 2012 at 11:53 pm
FauxedTea BRONZE, Denver, Pennsylvania
2 articles 3 photos 33 comments

Favorite Quote:
'We all wear masks, and the time comes when we cannot remove them without removing some of our own skin.' -Andre Berthiaume

I LOVE it! It's orginal, and amazing!