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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 Dec. 14 2010 at 4:03 pm
justsmileanddance PLATINUM, Montgomery, Alabama
28 articles 42 photos 67 comments

Favorite Quote:
Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.
-Albus Dumbledore

LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!! wonderfully written!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

on Dec. 12 2010 at 7:23 pm
LovelyDuckling GOLD, Hamilton, Montana
16 articles 0 photos 125 comments

Favorite Quote:
A vision without action is a hallucination.

Ok, I know that this may seem stupid... but what is a Limerick!?!?

Flora SILVER said...
on Nov. 15 2010 at 3:14 pm
Flora SILVER, Allen Park, Michigan
7 articles 0 photos 12 comments

Favorite Quote:
Darkness does not always equate to evil, just as light does not always bring good.

Pure Greatness!!!

msballard001 said...
on Nov. 11 2010 at 9:27 am
msballard001, Cleveland, Ohio
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Favorite Quote:
Let that be the reason.

this poem is so cool. i give it 5 stars

on Nov. 4 2010 at 9:22 pm
Karamel PLATINUM, Gwinn, Michigan
35 articles 0 photos 38 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Clever people will recognize and tolerate nothing but cleverness." -Anonymous

This is very helpful for those of us who tend to get lost in fiction. Thank you ;) Can't wait to see more of your work!

on Sep. 27 2010 at 10:25 am
OkuniTachibana GOLD, Warrensville Heights, Ohio
14 articles 0 photos 17 comments

Favorite Quote:
As the fallen soldier walks up to the gates of heaven to St.Peter he says "another soildier reporting sir ive served my time in hell"

Incredible rymes

i read this thress times

I love it i really do

I think ill take inspiration from you


L.T.A SILVER said...
on Aug. 27 2010 at 7:24 pm
L.T.A SILVER, Hammond, Indiana
7 articles 1 photo 75 comments

Favorite Quote:
All of the animals except for man know that the principle business of life is to enjoy it.-- Samuel Butler

OMG I LOVE IT.  that's really good.

theartgeek13 said...
on Aug. 16 2010 at 8:19 pm
theartgeek13, Greenville, South Carolina
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Such a great poem! I sounds like something from a book! Everything in the poem really fits into a fairy tail, and it's really cute and fun to read aloud.  Two words: love it!

on Jul. 22 2010 at 3:26 am
CarolineMata GOLD, Fresno, California
18 articles 0 photos 1 comment

Favorite Quote:
"If I can do any good in this world it's with my pen." Walt Witman. It's not my quote, but it is my favorite.

This is my favorite poem i've read so far on this site and I check them out a few times a week. I love that its sweet and simple. sometimes people go to far and over think being origional, dark, flowery, or just the new legendary trend. sometime simplicity and light hearted cuteness is the way to go. Bravo.

Valiant GOLD said...
on Jul. 14 2010 at 9:49 pm
Valiant GOLD, Richardson, Texas
13 articles 0 photos 27 comments

Favorite Quote:
"You look like a bloated, cross-eyed squid with a beard.... well, at least you hair looks right."
Me to my friend Heidi

Excuse me? TOO MUCH imagination?

on Jul. 9 2010 at 6:24 pm
I guess the point is, you should rhyme, or not ryhme.  The in-between doesn't seem to come off too well.  I thought the poem was imaginative and entertaining, personally. 

Duckie430 said...
on Jun. 2 2010 at 8:05 pm
Duckie430, Riverside, Rhode Island
0 articles 0 photos 229 comments

Favorite Quote:
“The secret to life is being who you are and being happy with who you are.”
"Whatever does not kill you only makes you stronger."

this is cute, but i have to agree with the comment below me about the rhyming. however, i love fairy tale poems, and this was very original & sweet. :)

on May. 21 2010 at 1:19 pm
avidDreamwriter BRONZE, Ridgeville, South Carolina
3 articles 0 photos 29 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Not all those who wander are lost"- J.R.R. Tolkein's Lord of The Rings

Your rhyme scheme works about as well as microwavable ice cream. (someone in the room just admitted to microwaving their ice cream).

HelloLove said...
on May. 10 2010 at 12:32 pm
HelloLove, Dexter, Michigan
0 articles 0 photos 68 comments

Favorite Quote:
Twinkle, twinkle, little bat! How I wonder what you're at.
Tut, tut, child! Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it.

Simply Marvelous! I cannot say how much I loved this! 

Meli138 said...
on May. 2 2010 at 1:26 pm
Meli138, GP, Texas
0 articles 0 photos 56 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Like a bird with broken wings its not how high he flies but the song he sings"
"Everybody live like its the last day you will ever see tell me tell me do you feel the pressure now?"

HOW COOL!!!! This was awesome :D Great job!

on Apr. 20 2010 at 9:44 pm
SavvyLane PLATINUM, Peoria, Illinois
40 articles 4 photos 27 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If youre a bird, Im a bird."

This is good :)

on Apr. 14 2010 at 9:06 am
thugggaasouras, Saugus, Massachusetts
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i likee this poemm .

Suck Itt said...
on Apr. 12 2010 at 1:15 pm

<font color="blue"I like ittt, kepp it up. but to much imagination :0</font>


on Apr. 1 2010 at 10:37 am
ThatClarinetPerson SILVER, Tequesta, Florida
8 articles 0 photos 227 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Life. Don't talk to me about life."
~Marvin the Paranoid Android (from the Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy series)
Statistical analysis suggests that i am probably in tune with someone
(hahahahaha! I love this cause i'm never ever ever in tune >o

Haha. This was funny in a weird way. I really liked it.

justbe-3 said...
on Mar. 28 2010 at 5:40 pm
justbe-3, Hollis, New Hampshire
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Favorite Quote:
"You live but once, you might as well be amusing." -Coco Chanel
"Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you're alive, it isn't." -Richard Bach
"Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love." -Einstein

Cool concept. you have a wild imagination!