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My Fourteen Children

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My fourteen children, how will I clothe you?
When thoughts are money, how can I afford
To buy ten shoes for each and still be true
To all life’s fragments which I shall record?

I cannot buy the universe right now.
I cannot seal it with a perfect bow.
And yet I make my ink your blood somehow;
You all start living when my pen says so.

Your mommy’s poor, but she will do her best,
Above your crib a mobile she will place.
You all will grow and will be put to test
Until you stand so strong, stand face to face.

And you will listen; I too follow rules.
With proper training, you’ll turn into jewels.

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jh6-4ever said...
Nov. 24, 2010 at 5:11 pm
That was really moving. I can feel the emotion, and I think that it was very powerful. Keep writing, and great job.
Shahed said...
May 10, 2010 at 5:45 pm

Really nice! really sad! but its got alot of optomistic lines! I like it! alot really!

check out my work, let me know what you think!

ShernayB. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 16, 2010 at 11:32 am

This is okay. Although, I thought it could be powerful.

Keep writing.

Victor said...
Mar. 5, 2010 at 7:30 am
Wow! That was a strong poem, and the message was clear. Good job!
Jazz J. This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 13, 2009 at 2:25 pm
Was this about the woman who had fourteen children and no way to provide for them?
Nika A. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Sept. 13, 2009 at 10:22 pm
At first it may seem like the sonnet is about a mother failing to provide for her children, but if you read into it, you can see that the sonnet is actually about an amateur writer creating a sonnet and fearing failure. The reason she had 14 children is because each child represents a line of the sonnet (sonnets have 14 lines)
dreamer_believer said...
Sept. 9, 2009 at 3:32 pm
wow! haha this is really very good. how did you come up with this idea? it's very creative, and is very tender :) well done! check out some of my work if you get a chance, i love the feedback. and keep writing, i enjoyed this :) 5 stars!
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