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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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Misfit95 said...
on Oct. 8 2012 at 5:18 pm
Misfit95, Dover, Ohio
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Great job! No wonder it was published in the magazine :)

on Sep. 29 2012 at 9:55 am
TheSkyOwesMeRain GOLD, Irvine, California
13 articles 1 photo 303 comments

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.

Good job! :) That's exactly how I feel.

on Sep. 23 2012 at 9:49 am
vballgirl99 BRONZE, Atalnta, Georgia
1 article 0 photos 28 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Practice makes perfect"

 I loved this! Haikus are amazing because they are simple, but still make a huge impact. Great Job!!

on Sep. 16 2012 at 11:10 am
Belluna45 PLATINUM, Shelbyville, Kentucky
31 articles 0 photos 58 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Look after my heart- I've left it with you."
-Stephenie Meyer (Eclipse (Twilight #3))
"Either write something worth reading or do something wor
th writing."
-Benjamin Franklin
"A dishonest man you can always trust to be dishonest."
-Johnny Depp

I really like how each word showed a bigger picture, it is honestly amazing!

on Aug. 19 2012 at 9:17 pm
writer3499 GOLD, New Bedford, Massachusetts
11 articles 0 photos 196 comments

Favorite Quote:
"it's impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might has well not have lived at all-in which case you fail by default."

WOW this is so powerful and it doesnt have that many words which makes this peice even more powerful!!! I love it!

so_joy SILVER said...
on Aug. 3 2012 at 9:09 am
so_joy SILVER, Navesink, New Jersey
8 articles 0 photos 724 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Be the change you want to see."

I like this so much! One of my favorite haiku ever! Please read, rate, and comment on my poems! Thanks!

on May. 29 2012 at 9:34 am
AngelaAxelson GOLD, Littleton, Colorado
12 articles 11 photos 20 comments

Favorite Quote:
“Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.”

― Dalai Lama XIV

WOW! This Haiku is amazing and by far one of the best I have ever read.

Hifriends said...
on May. 12 2012 at 10:17 pm
Hifriends, K, Maryland
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I've always felt like this about writing. You described my feelings so beautifully, well done!

Hifriends said...
on May. 12 2012 at 10:17 pm
Hifriends, K, Maryland
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I've always felt like this about writing. You described my feelings so beautifully, well done!

yoda said...
on May. 7 2012 at 8:09 am
I like this poem because it is a great Haiku and their was a good rhythm.

on Apr. 17 2012 at 9:17 am
KelseyBear BRONZE, Cuba, New York
3 articles 10 photos 20 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Although it is generally known, I think it's time to announce that I was born at a very young age"

I love this!!

on Apr. 15 2012 at 4:21 pm
Wolfheart BRONZE, Aslan&#39s Country, California
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Great Haiku! This is what I like about haikus, they are really short and simple but powerful if you use them right.

Kianie GOLD said...
on Mar. 7 2012 at 4:50 pm
Kianie GOLD, Westphalia, Kansas
10 articles 0 photos 13 comments

Favorite Quote:
"You are the music as the music lasts" - Stevie Wonder

I love this haiku. :] I believe all writers feel this way. <3 Well, at least I do. Nice job!

KatsK DIAMOND said...
on Mar. 6 2012 at 8:03 pm
KatsK DIAMOND, Saint Paul, Minnesota
57 articles 0 photos 303 comments

Favorite Quote:
Being inexhaustible, life and nature are a constant stimulus for a creative mind.
~Hans Hofmann
You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.
~Ray Bradbury

I totally agree. Really good job!

on Mar. 2 2012 at 9:10 am
CourtCourt DIAMOND, Franklinville, New York
77 articles 0 photos 33 comments

Favorite Quote:
2 Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. ” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

i love how so much strength is packed into those three lines! Fantastic Job!!

Kelvyn21 said...
on Mar. 2 2012 at 6:51 am
short and amazing..do me a favour please and read my poem..entitled..difference in the world.

on Feb. 9 2012 at 4:22 pm
michaela mrianda BRONZE, Temporary, Other
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agree that is amazing i love looking at it from time to time

on Feb. 9 2012 at 2:32 pm
laurensoccer SILVER, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
8 articles 0 photos 67 comments
I love how you can say so much in so few words. Keep writing!!!!

on Jan. 23 2012 at 4:45 pm
rockyyyyyyyyy SILVER, Lawrenceville, Georgia
9 articles 0 photos 61 comments

Favorite Quote:
dont let people drive u crazy if you know its in walking distance

this is DOPE

Riley79 BRONZE said...
on Jan. 18 2012 at 9:57 pm
Riley79 BRONZE, Dover, Delaware
2 articles 0 photos 11 comments

Favorite Quote:
“Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.”
-Lao Tzu

That was simple, yet deep. Beautiful!

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