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The Truth About Growing Up MAG

By Gina B., New City, NY

     We promised that forever
We’d never grow too old
To dig up clay with our stubby
Fingernails, and let it cook
In the scorching summer sun,
And bite our lips with concentration
As we pound down spades
In an intense game of spit,
And lie perfectly still together
Until we fell asleep under a castle
Of sheets and beach chairs.
We didn’t know that forever
Was as empty as the teacups
We sipped from and as real
As the games we dreamed up.

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i love this so much!

on Dec. 4 2013 at 2:58 pm
mereCat PLATINUM, Horsham, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"I am finally colouring inside the lines I live between"

You are brilliant. Not only was the writing sheer quality, the feeling and the meaning touched me deeply. When I was six I wanted to be six forever and each year I cling on harder to the childhood I know I'll outgrow one day.

on Nov. 30 2013 at 7:32 pm
bahannahpeel PLATINUM, Bloomington, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
"Schools corrupt the mind." The Loco Focos

This makes me want to cry. As real as our dreams, empty as the teacups we sipped... beautiful. 

on Jun. 16 2013 at 2:56 am
Sketched97 PLATINUM, Silver Spring, Maryland
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The part about teacups is clever and very moving.

aeb119 said...
on Sep. 7 2010 at 9:22 pm
please make a continuation of this please so that it will make it easier i think i may perform the song from your poem with my BFFs

aeb119 said...
on Sep. 7 2010 at 9:15 pm
hey that was so good i hope i become a singer or song writer and maybe i can make it into a song because i wrote it in my song book and tried singing it it sounds so beautiful!!! : D

rzbaker said...
on Mar. 3 2010 at 10:40 pm
wow, that was really good! My favorite part was the last couple of lines, kinda a little twist at the end. . . it made me gasp for sure! tee hee but I also like you spacing and were yo u placed your pauses. . . were well thought out!

on May. 21 2009 at 3:44 am
Twilightnme SILVER, Anchorage, Alaska
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Favorite Quote:
"You dont know what you have until its gone"

Wow! Hmmm... I like it. Very springy and nice. Great details too! Woo Hoo!

Vincent Chu said...
on May. 21 2009 at 12:46 am
Vincent Chu, East Brunswick, New Jersey
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This captures so accurately the essence of what I'm feeling right now.

on May. 20 2009 at 9:14 pm
bookhugger14 SILVER, Delta, Ohio
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i luvvv the figurative language and it sounds just like what i did when i was little!!! great job :)

Katie[: GOLD said...
on May. 20 2009 at 12:20 pm
Katie[: GOLD, Columbus, Indiana
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Favorite Quote:
"Live life to the fullest, and like there won't be a tomorrow."

that is very good:]