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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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on Apr. 30 2012 at 3:33 pm
Atl.Braves03 BRONZE, Tampa, FL, Florida
4 articles 0 photos 77 comments

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

This is amazing. I ove it! :)

Indilove GOLD said...
on Apr. 28 2012 at 8:02 pm
Indilove GOLD, Kenockee, Michigan
17 articles 0 photos 71 comments

Favorite Quote:
No one is your strength or guidance. If life is what you wish to live then do not bind your soul to something unreal. The creater nor the keeper can heal you for it is blind faith that leads you.

that's not what i posted!!!!! i said great job and i love these tips!!!!!



Indilove GOLD said...
on Apr. 28 2012 at 7:56 pm
Indilove GOLD, Kenockee, Michigan
17 articles 0 photos 71 comments

Favorite Quote:
No one is your strength or guidance. If life is what you wish to live then do not bind your soul to something unreal. The creater nor the keeper can heal you for it is blind faith that leads you.

Please keep your comments positive and constructive. We'll remove anything inappropriate. Thanks!

on Apr. 4 2012 at 8:58 am
dragonfly95 SILVER, Argaon, Georgia
7 articles 0 photos 66 comments

Favorite Quote:
'' there is nothing to fear but fear its self''

this is going to swirl in my head all afternoom lol, really great job! please check out my work and comment, thanks!

XiXii BRONZE said...
on Mar. 16 2012 at 5:53 pm
XiXii BRONZE, East Falmouth, Massachusetts
4 articles 0 photos 1 comment

Favorite Quote:
There is a fire burning inside of us, and there are of course going to be those people that want to put it out but as long as we know who we are they don't stand a chance.

Great poem! If somebody held me at gunpoint and told me to name one bad thing about this poem, I would get shot. :) Job well done! 

BeckyGO SILVER said...
on Feb. 15 2012 at 7:52 pm
5 articles 0 photos 3 comments

Favorite Quote:
"When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth" -Sherlock Holmes

This was great. I think that the clever rhymes will replay in my head for a while. Truly wonderful.

on Jan. 24 2012 at 10:18 am
WeAllBurn PLATINUM, Vermilion, Ohio
24 articles 0 photos 71 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong." ~Mahatma Gandhi

OH MY GOD. Seriously, one of the BEST poems I have read on this website. This was truly, fantastic.

PAGEEEEE said...
on Jan. 4 2012 at 6:29 pm
can someone please tell me the literary devices used in this poem ? perhaps 3 ?

AvaJay GOLD said...
on Jan. 2 2012 at 6:17 pm
AvaJay GOLD, Spokane, Washington
13 articles 4 photos 184 comments

Favorite Quote:
Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not pray for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it.
~ Tagore

This is very clever! Well done!

on Dec. 12 2011 at 2:34 pm
GoGoGryffindor BRONZE, Las Vegas, Nevada
1 article 0 photos 13 comments

Favorite Quote:
-After all this time?

OMG I loved this! I love fairytales and ideas that you get can sucked into one. Good job! Keep it up!

niner PLATINUM said...
on Nov. 30 2011 at 6:37 pm
niner PLATINUM, Hartville, Ohio
32 articles 0 photos 31 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Isn't it funny how you broke my heart, but I still love you with all the pieces?"
"It's easy to stand in a crowd, but it takes courage to stand alone"
"What would you attempt if you knew you could never fail?"

that was so creative! what was your inspiration?


K-Rhyme GOLD said...
on Nov. 14 2011 at 8:34 am
K-Rhyme GOLD, Georgetown, Kentucky
14 articles 0 photos 6 comments

Favorite Quote:
Art is the only way to run away with out leaving home
-Twyla Tharp

Big fan great work

Lexie96 GOLD said...
on Oct. 27 2011 at 10:03 pm
Lexie96 GOLD, Havana, Illinois
11 articles 0 photos 378 comments

Favorite Quote:
Now Cinderella don't you go to sleep, it's such a bitter form of refuge, oh don't you know the kingdom's under siege, and everbody needs you. - The Killers

Aw, as an avid fan of fairytales I can safely say I'm in love with this. Great job, and if anyone could spare some time and check out my work that would be great, too.

purpleink GOLD said...
on Oct. 2 2011 at 10:43 pm
purpleink GOLD, Pendleton, Oregon
17 articles 0 photos 32 comments

Favorite Quote:
The early bird gets the worm but the second rat gets the cheese.

There is more to life besides increasing its speed.

LOVE IT! what gave you this idea?

on Sep. 27 2011 at 8:43 pm
AlwaysAntlers SILVER, Kingsport, Tennessee
5 articles 0 photos 72 comments

Favorite Quote:
“Don't forget - no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell.”
― Charles de Lint, (from his book,The Blue Girl)

This is funny! I bet if story characters all had this, they would have a much easier time of it.

on Sep. 22 2011 at 11:36 am
krissynicole BRONZE, Brownwood, Texas
2 articles 0 photos 14 comments

Favorite Quote:
Dream as youll live forever live as if youll die tomorrow

I really like this :D

on Sep. 17 2011 at 11:38 pm
SecretFlame PLATINUM, Portland, Oregon
20 articles 1 photo 375 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I have a life. I just choose to ignore it."
-one of my friends


on Sep. 14 2011 at 5:34 pm
AshKat98 BRONZE, Chalfont, Pennsylvania
1 article 0 photos 19 comments

Favorite Quote:
We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.
Stephen Hawking

This is amazing! I LOVE it!I for sure am not the greatest poet, but I still love it anyway!

glub123 BRONZE said...
on Sep. 9 2011 at 3:18 pm
glub123 BRONZE, North Wales, Pennsylvania
2 articles 0 photos 8 comments

Favorite Quote:
Miracles do happen to those who deserve them.

I love this. For homework we have to bring in a poem and i'm bringing yours!

on Aug. 23 2011 at 8:38 am
consumedbygrace247 BRONZE, Durham, North Carolina
4 articles 2 photos 55 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Change the way people think, and things will never be the same." -Steve Biko (South African civil rights martyr)

Love this, I always think about getting stuck in a book and now I know how to get out! :D