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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.

Listen
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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on Aug. 18 2013 at 1:59 pm
fairygabby99 BRONZE, Blacksburg, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
"If you are reading this, you can read!"

You made it all fit together so well. 

on Jul. 25 2013 at 11:58 pm
Bluetooth13 SILVER, A Town In, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
To play a wrong note is insignificant, to play without passion is inexcusable.

~ Ludwig van Beethoven

Awesome rhythm :) rate my work too?

on Apr. 8 2013 at 7:09 pm
steelsoprano DIAMOND, Cincinnati, Ohio
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I like the flow of this poem...

on Apr. 8 2013 at 7:08 pm
steelsoprano DIAMOND, Cincinnati, Ohio
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I love it!

on Feb. 17 2013 at 3:55 pm
Matthew17 SILVER, Bainbridge Island, Washington
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This poem is great! The idea is very clever but sometimes to word choice will stop the nice rhythm and flow

on Feb. 5 2013 at 5:08 pm
PirateCountry DIAMOND, Muncie, Indiana
91 articles 18 photos 330 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I don't know half of you half as well as I should like and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."

If only the heroes from fairytales would read this! Excellent work! I will put these rules to good use!

on Jan. 16 2013 at 11:50 am
Rolledthestone SILVER, Nowhere, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye." (Matthew 7:5) and "All the poeple who supported slavery were free, all the people who support abortion live..."

Truly unique, love original things and how-to poems. PLEASE keep writing. Would love to read more of ur stuff.

on Jan. 15 2013 at 2:55 am
SaphiraBrightscales DIAMOND, Islamabad, Other
75 articles 16 photos 1143 comments

Favorite Quote:
I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou
When i was little/I used to point a chubby finger toward the dark sky/And ask my father/why some stars moved and others didn’t/He would laugh and explain that some were airplanes/I still wish on them today ~ Laugh-It-Out
The feathers of a crow are black/The ink of my pen is blacker/The pain of my heart is blackest~ Mckay
If love produced a blossom/I’d take it in my palm/What a blessing, the bright color!/How soothing, such a balm!/I’d keep a petal for my own/The rest, drop from my hands/For such a flower would multiply/And populate the lands~ thesilentraven
And I began to rival legends/Long entombed before my birth./But for all my much envied fame/The lust for more would not abate./The plaques and prizes with my name/Will, like all things, disintegrate. ~ TheEpic95 now known as Helena_Noel

Such fun reading!! Thanks...I'll remember the rules then :D

on Jan. 10 2013 at 4:26 pm
WaffleOcean2934 PLATINUM, Rogers, Minnesota
42 articles 9 photos 116 comments

Favorite Quote:
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams-Eleanor Roosevelt

I love how creative the poem is!  Nice work on it!  :)

on Nov. 5 2012 at 3:55 pm
LittleMei BRONZE, Austin, Texas
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This is very good TeenInk.com/poetry/all/article/500113/My-Daughter-Forever-and-Always/ Please read this leave a commetn and rate!

on Nov. 5 2012 at 12:49 pm
remember16 SILVER, WhiteLake, Michigan
9 articles 0 photos 44 comments

Favorite Quote:
This is only a minor setback to a major comeback

I love this poem so much.  It has such a catching flow and some poems bore me but this drew me in so much!  great job you should cheak out some of my work.(: again nice job.

on Nov. 5 2012 at 9:31 am
ChobaniLuvinPenguin PLATINUM, Brooklyn, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well."
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Great job! Such a cute and funny poem! It flows well and has a unique tone. Love it! Keep writing!

on Nov. 5 2012 at 3:38 am
WriterGirl1197 SILVER, Hamden, Connecticut
6 articles 0 photos 19 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing."-Socrates

This is awsome! It is creative and so true, especially to those of us who are sucked into books! Keep writting! -Writtergirl1197    

on Oct. 2 2012 at 9:30 pm
GuardianoftheStars GOLD, Shongaloo, Louisiana
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Favorite Quote:
"Let's tell young people the best books are yet to be written; the best painting, the best government, the best of everything is yet to be done by them."
-John Erslcine

LOVED IT!!!!!!! :D

Ollieanne said...
on Aug. 6 2012 at 1:22 pm
Ollieanne, St. Louis, Missouri
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Favorite Quote:
"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world." -Harriet Tubman

Very creative and unique! I love it :)

on Jul. 11 2012 at 2:08 pm
phlogiston ELITE, Hermitage, Tennessee
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Favorite Quote:
"A day without laughter is a day wasted" -Charlie Chaplin

This was great. Very humorous in such a creative way!

on Jun. 26 2012 at 7:43 am
albinotiger GOLD, Gloucester, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
"Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win"- Stephen King
“In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate”- Isaac Asimov

hahahaha one of my favorite poems, it is creative and true!

kaidro said...
on May. 15 2012 at 10:35 am
kaidro, Waterford, Wisconsin
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This poem is very creative!! I noticed that there was rhyming in this poem quite a lot!! You did a good job on writing the poem with rhyming. There was also quite a few stanzas.

Nice job!!! :) ;)


on Apr. 30 2012 at 7:41 pm
Cacher08 BRONZE, Grandville, Michigan
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Very creative. Not only helpful for fairy tales but real life too!

on Apr. 30 2012 at 3:34 pm
Atl.Braves03 BRONZE, Tampa, FL, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
God is God and I am not
I can only see a part
Of this picture he's painting
God is God and I am man
I will never understand
Because only God is God

I meant to write love