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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 Mar. 13 2010 at 5:50 pm
taylor_rae BRONZE, Beaverton, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
"LET IT BE" - The Beatles

i absolutly love this poem i love how you made it with ryming words!!!<<<<love it when poems sound good and ryme but still make since

bmmseh said...
on Mar. 2 2010 at 9:41 am
I really likedd this poem! It was amazing and I liked all the rhyming words! THe ending was pretty cool, too!!!

bmmsac said...
on Mar. 2 2010 at 9:28 am
i enjoy this poem!!!

BMMSrc said...
on Mar. 2 2010 at 8:01 am
I loved this poem. Really good.

BMMSkf said...
on Mar. 2 2010 at 8:00 am
I love fairytale endings kinda. I love the very last line of the poem. It really puts signature style on it. And I really like the ryhming in it. Ill keep this one in mind. lol

on Feb. 25 2010 at 3:53 pm
Karlynne PLATINUM, Orange Park, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...
It's about learning to dance in the rain.
-Vivian Greene

i absolutly loved it!! i love how you ended the poem on a theatrical note. the whole poem was just austounding. check out a few of mine and let me kno watcha think. love it!! much appriciated.

DaniW PLATINUM said...
on Feb. 20 2010 at 9:16 pm
DaniW PLATINUM, New Bern, North Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.
By Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross

love it! this is so creative and just totally awesome!

on Feb. 11 2010 at 9:42 am
gymnast101 BRONZE, Nottingham, Maryland
3 articles 1 photo 24 comments
haha! I loved it! soooo creative

on Feb. 10 2010 at 9:23 am
CountryGothic GOLD, Somersworth, New Hampshire
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Favorite Quote:
"Once something has been said, it cannot be said in other words." -Aristotle

I like it, could use a little revision but other than that...very fun to read. I like the rhythm.

laliel said...
on Jan. 20 2010 at 10:28 pm
this poem reminds me of when i read those choose your own path books,

these tips would have come in handy

on Jan. 8 2010 at 9:41 am
BlackMoonWhiteSky PLATINUM, Cedar Park, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
Thus is life, live it, or die trying!

I just love this, that's all I can say.

on Nov. 10 2009 at 9:54 pm
pandaLICIOUS SILVER, Portland, Oregon
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Favorite Quote:
“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” -Audrey Hepburn

Amazing! Creative and very imaginative! I'm not a big fan of rhyming poetry, but you pulled it of really WELL!

Lostinbooks said...
on Nov. 1 2009 at 12:16 am
Lostinbooks, Arcadia, California
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Wonderful reminder. It's always good to keep saftey in mind. Getting lost in a book is a dangerous thing...

Now we need a guide to how to get out of a fairy tale...

I do agree with an earlier comment: staying with the rhyme scheme in the second stanza would make a smoother read...

on Oct. 18 2009 at 10:11 am
elvinchangling55 SILVER, Malverne, New York
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wonderful!!!! very helpful and poetic, i really enjoyed reading it!!!

on Sep. 21 2009 at 2:41 pm
munkyman95 GOLD, Medway, Other
18 articles 1 photo 100 comments

Favorite Quote:
I will become, what I know I am' Michael Jordan

that was an awesome poem! Very creative and articulute

Schubster said...
on Jun. 21 2009 at 1:45 am
haha...this is the BEST fairy tale survival guide ever! :) very useful

melecia said...
on Jan. 8 2009 at 3:31 pm
this poem was funny at times i wanted to rofl biut i stayed i

n my chair

pixie:blaze said...
on Nov. 20 2008 at 7:55 am
i like it i think it kick ass and funny

DesertFlower said...
on Nov. 4 2008 at 6:43 pm
Ha, that was pretty funny.

BabyGirl said...
on Oct. 30 2008 at 6:34 pm
This is the best poem i ever read!=)