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How to Survive a Fairy Tale MAG

By Karissa Elliott, Spokane Valley, WA

If you should find yourself lost in a book,
Where certainly no one would think to look,
Follow these tips to keep yourself safe,
From witch, or from troll, or cold-blooded snake.

Be Helpful
If someone should ask you for a helping hand,
Help without thinking, do not be grand.
Chances are, they will later come back,
to assist you from a confusing trap.

If you’re given advice, listen or be doomed,
Even if it comes from an animal,
However degrading, I am sure you will find
it is highly preferable to stay alive.

Be Cunning
While there are those who mean you no harm,
There are the people on the other arm,
Most would eat you without a regret,
So stay alert to keep safe from them.

Stick to the path,
don’t open the door,
keep away from that cottage,
or we’ll see you no more.
Follow these hints,
and you will be safe,
but beware if the rules you ignore and break.

Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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KTMKT said...
on Sep. 18 2019 at 5:15 pm
KTMKT, Vail, Arizona
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I think this is really well written!! I'm going to have to keep this little poem in mind for the future because I feel as though this would help a lot. Keep up the great works!

This is so true. Your great at writing. :)

on Sep. 28 2017 at 8:17 pm
Breezette DIAMOND, Uniontown, Arkansas
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Favorite Quote:
Every Time I even think of you, all those bad memories just fade away, 'cause your smile's enough, you're enough...

It reminds me of the Iron fey book, the animal part especially. But anywho, It's a "Grand" poem! *nudge nudge* *wink wink*

S.E.Beiler said...
on Sep. 28 2017 at 12:49 pm
S.E.Beiler, Rexville, New York
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Such a great poem! I love the lines: While there are those who mean you no harm, There are the people on the other arm, I just thought it unique that you say other arm instead of hand to make it rhyme with harm!

on Sep. 28 2017 at 12:00 pm
NiyahSymone GOLD, Norwalk, Connecticut
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@HereSheIs So True!!

on Jul. 2 2017 at 10:38 pm
HereSheIs BRONZE, Wellesley, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light." -Plato

If every character had this, they'd be set

CoolK said...
on Feb. 16 2017 at 3:10 pm
CoolK, Center Valley, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"The best place to hide a penny is in a jar or pennies."

This is so well written. AWESOME

on Jan. 28 2017 at 1:27 pm
Shahiro PLATINUM, Johnston, Iowa
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Favorite Quote:
"Soon we must all choose between what is right and what is easy." - Dumbledore (Goblet of Fire)

LOVE!!!! well written especially the last couple lines!

SallyW. BRONZE said...
on Jul. 3 2016 at 3:35 pm
SallyW. BRONZE, Atlanta, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"There's no point in being an adult if you can't act childish sometimes." - Doctor Who, The 4th Doctor.


Nat23 SILVER said...
on Jul. 5 2015 at 8:51 am
Nat23 SILVER, Parkesburg, Pennsylvania
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I really love this

Izzy777 SILVER said...
on Apr. 30 2015 at 7:10 pm
Izzy777 SILVER, Tampa, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
"I always wonder why birds stay in one place when they can fly anywhere around the world. But then I ask myself the same question."

So great, love it!

on Sep. 21 2014 at 2:11 pm
beAWESOMEstayAWESOME BRONZE, New York City, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"Work hard in silence and let your accomplishments make the noise."

You took writing to a whole different level its amazing. Keep on writing because your fantastic!

on May. 7 2014 at 12:50 pm
.Autumn. SILVER, New Prague, Minnesota
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Favorite Quote:
"Don't tell me the sky's the limit, when there's footprints on the moon."

I loved it it's ssssssooooooo good, you should check out my poems and give me some tips!!!

HellHound said...
on Feb. 6 2014 at 1:05 pm
loved it ! keep on typing.

Bygler said...
on Nov. 15 2013 at 3:48 pm
now i'll never have to worry about fairy tales anymore :D

on Nov. 6 2013 at 3:50 pm
MistyVenture GOLD, Newman Lake, Washington
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Favorite Quote:
“If you’re going to be a writer, the first essential is just to write. Do not wait for an idea. Start writing something and the ideas will come. You have to turn the faucet on before the water starts to flow.” —Louis L’Amour

Love it! If I could live in a book, or be a character in my favorite novel, oh that's be so cool! Your poem is really nice. I like it. You get five stars. 

on Oct. 21 2013 at 10:53 am
Demoderby PLATINUM, Pontiac, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
All that we see or dream is but a dream within a dream
-Edgar Allen Poe

I wish I could live inside a book. I would survive in the one book series Ive been reading, But there is alot of deth and horror in it... ...

on Oct. 8 2013 at 4:26 pm
StarGazer9 GOLD, Marana, Arizona
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Favorite Quote:
"Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do."

That was awesome! I really enjoyed reading this. It had a fun message as well as a fun rhyme. Great job!

PixiePoet GOLD said...
on Sep. 12 2013 at 7:08 pm
PixiePoet GOLD, Woodbine, Maryland
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Favorite Quote:
"We must not lose this sense of possibility because in the end, it's all we have." - Marina Keegan

Great job!  I love the flow, and how it doesn't seem like you had to struggle to find the perfect rhyming word.  Very easy to follow.  Spendid work!!  :D

Alabian GOLD said...
on Aug. 28 2013 at 7:15 pm
Alabian GOLD, Limbo, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"If you can fly, don't stop at the sky cause there are footprints on the moon" - Owl City

Funny! You did a great job on this poem. As a person who really likes fantasy/fairytales, I can connect with this. Awesome:)