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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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MKimmi said...
on Mar. 14 2011 at 6:47 pm
MKimmi, NY, New York
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I wrote about this poem for  an English assignment! :D I hope you don't mind

torya1107 said...
on Mar. 13 2011 at 12:58 am
torya1107, Chg, South Carolina
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Easily one of the best haiku's I've read and I've read a lot. Really well done. :)

on Mar. 12 2011 at 3:54 pm
Beachgirl1 PLATINUM, Bellevue, Washington
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Favorite Quote:
"If You Don't Fight Back, You've Already Lost."
"Don't suppress Laughter, it goes to your thighs."

one of my favorite haikus on this site

on Mar. 4 2011 at 9:47 pm
AnimalLoverNayNay, Hooksett, New Hampshire
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Favorite Quote:
" Life sucks and then you die." Stephenie Meyer, Part 2, Preface,Page 134

This is AMAZING!!!!!!

on Feb. 28 2011 at 4:41 pm
ohhsnapex3 BRONZE, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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This is really beautiful. So simple, yet perfect.

lampinator12 said...
on Feb. 24 2011 at 11:57 am
lampinator12, Hoffman Estates, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
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I thought this poem was very good.  The first line really shows initiative and the imagery was great.  I thought the last two lines were the best because you implied that the world has a story of its own and you want to have a part of that story

MKimmi said...
on Feb. 22 2011 at 6:47 pm
MKimmi, NY, New York
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LOL AishaDae


--sarah SILVER said...
on Feb. 15 2011 at 8:59 pm
--sarah SILVER, Andover, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
~Louisa May Alcott

So short, yet so unbelievably powerful.

PurpleInkPen said...
on Feb. 6 2011 at 10:34 pm
Very nice... powerful w/out being cliched. Thanks for sharing!

on Jan. 31 2011 at 5:54 pm
sarahconway GOLD, Hillsboro, Kentucky
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Favorite Quote:
Everybody lies-Gregory House

This is so great!  

on Jan. 31 2011 at 2:37 pm
whitetiger303 PLATINUM, Elmira, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"Nothing last forever"

word writing is also a release

on Jan. 29 2011 at 10:33 pm
lovetowrite22 SILVER, ..., Colorado
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Favorite Quote:
"Everything happens for a reason."

i love it, it's so short, but so powerful. keep up the good work:) please come see my writing:)

on Jan. 19 2011 at 1:24 pm
blonde_jeni BRONZE, Decatur, Indiana
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 It is so strong, and yet so short, it says so much

Chicken888 said...
on Jan. 19 2011 at 1:06 pm
this poem is very cool! It explains so much in such a little poem! 

2jimmys said...
on Jan. 19 2011 at 8:19 am
I like this poem because coffee goes great with bananas

on Jan. 16 2011 at 11:33 pm
whateverjuliet BRONZE, Miami, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
true love never dies,it only gets stronger with time.

i loved it!!

on Jan. 9 2011 at 10:35 pm
NicoleS PLATINUM, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliche that must have been left behind in the Sixties, that's his problem. Love and peace are eternal.
- John Lennon

so simple yet so powerful.. loved it!

Lauralee GOLD said...
on Jan. 9 2011 at 8:21 pm
Lauralee GOLD, Kalamazoo, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
“The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.” — Anaïs Nin

Very powerful. I loved it. :)

on Jan. 8 2011 at 9:00 pm
freetobe8080 SILVER, Powhatan, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
"Live like you're at the bottom, even if you're at the top." - Kevin Jonas Sr.

Awesome poem :)

on Dec. 21 2010 at 12:41 pm
CoolBreeze PLATINUM, Winnemucca, Nevada
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Favorite Quote:
The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. ~Mark Twain

You are truely gifted. You imbue the very essence of a writer in this haiku

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