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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 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

AishaDae GOLD said...
on Dec. 20 2010 at 10:09 pm
AishaDae GOLD, Lead, South Dakota
18 articles 13 photos 12 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The good times of today, are the sad thoughts of tomorrow” -Bob Marley

"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened"
-Dr. Seuss

Well of coarse it's short, it's a haiku!

Bewick BRONZE said...
on Dec. 18 2010 at 10:49 am
Bewick BRONZE, Handforth, Kentucky
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This is very pretty! Reminds me of a scene in Dead Poets Society, a truely magificent film :)

on Dec. 18 2010 at 1:18 am
just-a-joy GOLD, Indianapolis, Indiana
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Favorite Quote:
Eminem: Success is my only option, failure's not

short but says a lot so true

bestseller12 said...
on Dec. 16 2010 at 3:50 pm
That was amazing. Simple and original. Great :)

on Dec. 15 2010 at 9:31 am
A life-changing haiku.

on Nov. 26 2010 at 2:11 pm
WindDancer GOLD, Lexington, Kentucky
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Favorite Quote:
"It's time to start living the life you've imagined"
- Henry James

"I read to escape, I write to confront."

That's really beautiful :)

Keep writing!

"You write yourself out of your existance and into something you can understand." I really like that.


on Nov. 26 2010 at 2:09 pm
WindDancer GOLD, Lexington, Kentucky
10 articles 3 photos 77 comments

Favorite Quote:
"It's time to start living the life you've imagined"
- Henry James

"I read to escape, I write to confront."

This is really good! I once read a quote online (sorry I don't know who by) that read "I read to escape, I write to confront". I think that is so true. And keep writing, you have a gift and if you're passionate about something, you should never stop!

on Nov. 26 2010 at 11:06 am
starlight26 GOLD, Miramar, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
*life isnt about pretending to be something you're not. It about being who you are and finding someone
who loves every bit of it."

"Life's tradegy is that we get old too soon and wise too late"

YES!! I AGREE this was really good. I believe that writing should be  a gateway to expression and creativity. Of course everyone enjoys learning that other people like their writing, but I think it should also be personal and moving. Great job with the haiku. I LOVED IT! Check out some of my work if you'd like. THANKS. :)

on Nov. 15 2010 at 12:39 pm
I love this Haiku. It is one of the best I've ever read. I understand what you are saying and I feel just as you do. More teen writers need to share this theme and stick with it.  Great work

LilEd BRONZE said...
on Nov. 12 2010 at 3:47 pm
LilEd BRONZE, Northglenn, Colorado
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Favorite Quote:
"When will there be peace on Earth? When the Earth falls to pieces"-Tupac Shakur

Thats exactley how I feel about writing too

on Nov. 10 2010 at 5:42 am
NeopolitanDream BRONZE, Singapore, Other
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Favorite Quote:
“Even though we've changed and we're all finding our own place in the world, we all know that when the tears fall or the smile spreads across our face, we'll come to each other because no matter where this crazy world takes us, nothing will ever change so much to the point where we're not all still friends.”

This is really good! I feel that every budding writer can relate to this! Well done!

on Nov. 7 2010 at 5:53 pm
kaileydelrey BRONZE, Trussville, Alabama
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This is PERFECT! Amazing.... :)

rock175 said...
on Nov. 4 2010 at 9:44 pm
Wow!!! Terrific poem!!! So meaningful in so few words!!

on Nov. 4 2010 at 9:00 pm
misswindsor BRONZE, Collingdale, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"What Fresh Hell is this?"

Wow!!! I absoutley LOVE this poem. I like how it is very terse and simple.

FunFace GOLD said...
on Nov. 4 2010 at 7:41 pm
FunFace GOLD, Washington, District Of Columbia
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Favorite Quote:
"Z is for zed which is for fred which is for harry potter which is for couldron, DUH" -My friend and I

there are so many posts here that i doubt mine will change anything but i wanted to tell you how much this poem took what i felt and turned those feelings into words.  i have always written stories to leave my mark, i read alot and i want to give something back.  You expressed those feelings so beutifully.

Amazing work!!


BabyZippee06 said...
on Nov. 3 2010 at 5:22 pm
wow. i read this and all i could say was 'wow'. i think im gonna write a poem...

on Oct. 13 2010 at 4:14 pm
Ariel_Rosario BRONZE, Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
"Be yourself, everyone else is already taken" -Oscar Wilde

This has inspired me to write a piece of my own!

You're amazing. So much power and meaning within three lines.


on Oct. 13 2010 at 11:47 am
LadyMoon DIAMOND, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
I'm so weird I'm normal
-Khalil, a friend

This poem is so short and simple but it carries such powerful meaning. Definently one of my faves!