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I Would Rather ... MAG

By Justin R., Henderson, NV

     Fight the dragon with no sword or shield
Jump from Everest unready to fly
Beat the mighty waves back from the ocean shore
Evade a hailstorm of screaming bullets
Stand through raging winds
Cross thousands of frozen miles with only bare feet
Gather the stars from heaven in one swipe
Swim through oceans of blazing fire
Battle the massive Goliath
Gaze into the eyes of Medusa
Return to problems of the past
One hundred times over I would rather repeat these tasks
Than face my future




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i love this so much!

on Oct. 28 2016 at 3:44 pm
Elizabeth25 GOLD, Ardsley, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"Anyone can be cool, but awesome takes practice" - Lorraine Peterson

Amazing job

on Mar. 14 2016 at 10:28 pm
ambivalent SILVER, West Bend, Wisconsin
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Favorite Quote:
everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. the worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. [sylvia plath]

Felt a small pit in my chest reading this. The title reminds me of the "Would you rather?" game kids play and seems to highlight the contrast between the dread and inevitability of growing up. Love it.

wizad GOLD said...
on Nov. 17 2015 at 7:41 am
wizad GOLD, Lincon, Maine
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Favorite Quote:
Some say the world will end in fire
some say in ice
from what I have tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire
but if it had to perrish twice
I think i know enough of hate
that ice is also great
and would suffice
Fire and ice by robert Frost

its pretty good

on Apr. 27 2014 at 7:07 am
WOWriting SILVER, Broadstairs, Other
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Sounds rough :) Nice poem, keep writing!

on Dec. 4 2013 at 2:39 pm
Book-Kitty BRONZE, Knoxville, Tennessee
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That is too true!

V.V.42 BRONZE said...
on Dec. 4 2013 at 1:56 am
V.V.42 BRONZE, HUNTINGTON PARK, California
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Favorite Quote:
"Humankind cannot stand too much of reality."
-T.S. Eliot

Amazing job! :)

Esanssi SILVER said...
on Mar. 19 2013 at 2:38 pm
Esanssi SILVER, Candler, North Carolina
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I found this VERY relatable. Excellent work. 

on Nov. 9 2008 at 5:39 am
this is a great poem!! i hope you know that