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Good authors are like beautiful trees,
pummeled by wind and brought to their knees,
blistering cold shutting them down;
gold, tattered leaves a humble crown.

But some writers live life covered up,
unhindered, unchanged, as they start to grow up.
These trees are abhorrent, perfection a bore,
with symmetric beauty, they’re just an eyesore.

Youth is too perfect, pain gives true fame.
Only the battered will have a good name.
Growth will bring change, and change will bring strife,
and writing is better when tempered by life.

I am a writer of queer quality,
strong roots, bears fruits, but no reason to be.
I’ve no reason to tell, no reason to write,
for I have been pampered for all of my life.

So I hope that the fires come early this year,
though other young trees will quiver with fear.
I’d rather be ash than ashamed of my tale
where cowardice always seems to prevail.

Youth is too perfect, pain gives true fame.
Only the battered will have a good name.
Growth will bring change, and change will bring strife,
And writing is better when tempered by life.

Give me drought, give me wind,
give me heat, give me pain,
for what I hate most
is monotonous rain.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.




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Bradical said...
Oct. 6, 2012 at 8:02 pm:
You have such wisdom. Having it easy can make us forget why we're here.
 
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jbjones87 said...
Jan. 13, 2012 at 3:24 pm:
This is really good. your rhyming was done very well. check out some of my work please and give me feedback :)
 
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BlueInk94 said...
Mar. 16, 2011 at 10:12 am:
i kinda don't know what to say. I would sum it up in one word but i'm not sure if its appropriate for the site. This IS GGOOD!
 
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ellie315 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 28, 2010 at 10:27 pm:
I like the poem, not sure why its under the limerick section though. the ryhme scheme is aabba, with the bb lines being shorter, mostly monosyllabic or bisyllabic.
 
ellie315 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 28, 2010 at 10:51 pm :
scratch that...i LOVE this poem! its beautiful!
 
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someonenoone said...
Aug. 25, 2010 at 4:43 pm:

Hi, I'm just some dude that you chatted with on Omegle, and you gave me the link, but then my connection failed.

But anyway, I like the poem, and your kind of writing :) Keep up the good work

 
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thebushhippie said...
Aug. 25, 2010 at 3:08 pm:
W-O-W! Amazing! Can so relate. Love the message and the whole poem itself is really a work of art. Great, great job!
 
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buggy said...
Jun. 20, 2009 at 3:05 am:
um...speechless
this poem rocks
 
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SMW from Warsaw said...
Dec. 9, 2008 at 10:35 pm:
Emily, Lovely poem!
 
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lillibnilly said...
Dec. 9, 2008 at 7:35 pm:
Dude, Emily. That's rad. No, really, that's a great poem. I think a lot of us can relate.
 
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Bswim45 said...
Dec. 10, 2008 at 1:55 am:
this a great play on words
it rhymes, and has an interesting message
 
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