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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 Feb. 9 2012 at 2:32 pm
laurensoccer SILVER, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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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
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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
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Favorite Quote:
“Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.”
-Lao Tzu

That was simple, yet deep. Beautiful!

on Jan. 18 2012 at 7:19 am
RedFeather GOLD, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
Prose is like walking but poetry is like dancing.
—Paul Valery, poet (1871 - 1945)

You are a haiku genius!

Stefany R. said...
on Jan. 2 2012 at 3:34 pm
OOPS. DIDNT MEAN TO WRITE TWICE...

Stefany R. said...
on Jan. 2 2012 at 3:32 pm
wow. this is prime example why i love haiku so much. just 3 lines, 17 syllables. which is exactly why its so powerful.you have to pack so much meaning into it.and you have got that nailed. FINALLY!! EVERY CREATIVE WRITERS WORDS WRITTEN IN 3 LINES! its a breakthrough, folks LUV.DIS.

Stefany R. said...
on Jan. 2 2012 at 3:22 pm
THIS is a prime example why i love haiku. they are so short--so u have to pack SO much meaning into just 3 lines.this touched my heart. i saw myself in this.

byebye said...
on Dec. 28 2011 at 6:54 pm
byebye, Nevermore, Other
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It's a haiku; a line of 5 syllables, seven, and 5. It is indeed poetry, just as the world's best quotes are.

on Dec. 9 2011 at 5:26 pm
SpringMoon98 GOLD, Ava, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"Everyone wants to change the world, but do they ever stop to think about changing themselves?"
Leo Tolstoy

I really like this one because I right for basically the same reason

Ranea GOLD said...
on Dec. 5 2011 at 12:53 pm
Ranea GOLD, Elkhart, Indiana
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Favorite Quote:
"It can always be worse, so put on a happy face and laugh!" (my own quote) &
"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words may scar my soul."

i tried to explain to my friend why i love to write, this is exactly why but just said more gracefully then i could ever have said it

on Dec. 5 2011 at 8:24 am
youngspeare BRONZE, Nairobi, Other
1 article 0 photos 273 comments

Favorite Quote:
We wouldn't ask a rose that grew from the concrete for having damaged petals; in turn we'd all celebrate its tenacity, we'd all love tz will to reach the sun well we are the roses n these are my damaged petals don't ask me why thank God and ask me how

Simple and great! Good job :)
Check out my poem "Ghosts of the Past". Would love your feedback. 

on Dec. 2 2011 at 5:18 pm
beautifulspirit PLATINUM, Alpharetta, Georgia
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Favorite Quote:
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
--Eleanor Roosevelt

Sheer brilliance~ with just fourteen words, you have expressed what everyone yearns for in this world---a desire to be unique and to discover their own identity.

illusions GOLD said...
on Nov. 30 2011 at 2:42 pm
illusions GOLD, I Dontg Even Like This Town, Other
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how dont you get it? Fab btw

on Nov. 29 2011 at 11:14 am
dakotawright SILVER, Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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Favorite Quote:
"Knowledge speaks but wisdom listens." - Jimi Hendrix

I don't get it!

Meredith15 said...
on Nov. 26 2011 at 8:44 pm
Meredith15, Cypress, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
"You must be the change you want to see in the world."
-Mahatma Gandhi

its short and to the point....i love it!

on Nov. 26 2011 at 7:26 am
LittleMissMe BRONZE, Freetown, California
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Favorite Quote:
Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today.

reminding us all why we write x

byebye said...
on Nov. 16 2011 at 5:41 pm
byebye, Nevermore, Other
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Beautiful! One of the best haikus I've read :)

JuneTaz said...
on Nov. 13 2011 at 6:53 pm
Perfect metaphor. Love it! You should try a longer peom with that idea. I think you'd rock it ;)

cboo17 said...
on Nov. 11 2011 at 7:46 pm
It is SUPPOSD to be short. Its a haiku. A 5-7-5 syllable poem

on Nov. 10 2011 at 2:43 pm
Dreamgirl95 BRONZE, Sugarland, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
Dreams are illustrations... from the book your soul is writing about you.

Short but powerful. This is really creative. Awsome Job:)