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The Pen MAG

July 1, 2009
By Seamus Kirwan BRONZE, Gilmanton Iron Works, New Hampshire
Seamus Kirwan BRONZE, Gilmanton Iron Works, New Hampshire
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Physical confrontation is not my style.
Verbal abuse ain’t how I roll.
Instead, my weapon of choice is nothing but a pen.
Not for launching dart-like projectiles at my enemies,

but rather to rip them to shreds
on a piece of lined paper.
I’m invincible, they are no match for me
or my ultra slick Bic click-able.

I’m like Judge Judy,
with the way I can call you an idiot
and you can’t say anything back.
Try to get a word in edgewise – oh wait, you can’t.

I’m like Dr. Phil,
with the way I can easily pick out your problems,
but there’s nothing wrong with me! I can’t fix any
but I can surely make you aware of ’em.

I’m like Oprah Winfrey,
how easily I can lie to your face
about how I love your new novel.
The way you used third person narration was brilliant!

I’m like Jerry Springer,
with my cunning attempts to incite a riot.
I’m just an innocent bystander, right, guys? Maybe it will look
more convincing if I break up this altercation with mace.

Any day, any subject, my pen is there.
He’s not biased like everyone else.
I just let it flow, sometimes without even thinking:
like this inanimate object is an extension of – me.

I’m thinking of naming him,
like those creepy old ladies who name their thousand cats
after their ancestors dating back from George Washington.
Fortunately, I don’t have a thousand pens; just

one. Until the inkwell is bled of color, I will never cease.
Our one-way relationship redefines the phrase “pen pal.”
I’ll write until I run out of paper, switch over to hemp if I have to;
Because like the Declaration of Independence,

I am free.

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This article has 42 comments.

on Aug. 15 2009 at 4:32 am
JacintaT BRONZE, Brisbane, Other
4 articles 0 photos 33 comments
Woah. I really liked this. The use of similies was great aswell. I liked the way emotions were used; "rather to rip them to shreds on a piece of lined paper". Very very good. (: keep it up .

XCLover GOLD said...
on Aug. 14 2009 at 8:49 pm
XCLover GOLD, Sandpoint, Idaho
18 articles 0 photos 92 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I know I run like a girl, try and keep up!" ~Anon
"You only ever grow as a human being if you are outside your comfort zone." ~Percy Cerutti
"The hug is incomplete without you :3" NinjaMan

Wow. I love this one :)

on Aug. 8 2009 at 3:44 pm
Eilina Sealtman SILVER, London, Other
7 articles 0 photos 15 comments

The more I read these, the more I feel about them. I used to hate freestyle poetry, but this has a structure, so I guess it isn't

But it's the most amazing peice I've ever read! You deserve every bit of fame you get or are going to get (I'll place a bet.)

on Aug. 3 2009 at 10:13 pm
Samantha McCormick BRONZE, Dobson, North Carolina
3 articles 0 photos 4 comments
This is amazing. I love it, and definitely can relate. Witty and strong, with just enough anger to make it work. Good job!

on Aug. 2 2009 at 2:01 am
CherishFaith GOLD, Soldotna, Alaska
18 articles 0 photos 20 comments

Favorite Quote:
I'm living on the edge with perfect balance.
-cherish Faith

wow you are amazing at what you do. i realy relate. I get what your saying :)

on Aug. 1 2009 at 6:30 pm
Dark_Angel95 PLATINUM, Hickman, Kentucky
25 articles 0 photos 40 comments

Favorite Quote:
A simple minded person can understand the most complicated things.

i love it....its amazing

Chibi_Kitty said...
on Jul. 31 2009 at 8:22 pm
Chibi_Kitty, Lakewood, Washington
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Amazing. That is the one word for it. May I post a link to this in my blog?

S2isme said...
on Jul. 30 2009 at 2:36 pm
very very nice!

on Jul. 26 2009 at 9:16 pm
icguf615 BRONZE, Mission Viejo, California
4 articles 0 photos 35 comments
very cool.

on Jul. 25 2009 at 6:34 pm
BillyJoeBobKellyGeorge PLATINUM, Gardena, California
32 articles 0 photos 19 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be." ~ grandma moses

a NICE poem. inspires me to write more as well

on Jul. 23 2009 at 10:51 pm
FlamableFyre DIAMOND, Spartanburg, South Carolina
93 articles 9 photos 107 comments

Favorite Quote:
I don't have ambitions or desires.
Being a poet isn't my ambition,
it's my way of being alone.
~ Fernando Pessoa ~

I absolutely loved it! it was deep and inciteful with a side of humor. Brilliant, a pen is more powerful than most anything. Having control of your own little world is far more amazing. Awesome, Wow.

on Jul. 21 2009 at 8:14 pm
LoveLikeWoe DIAMOND, LeSueur, MN, Minnesota
54 articles 2 photos 748 comments

Favorite Quote:
Whoever laughs first has the sickest mind.

i love this. It's awesome. write more. simply amazing! 5 stars!

on Jul. 21 2009 at 4:29 pm
jay_jayy:D GOLD, Trussville, Alabama
14 articles 0 photos 30 comments
this is very witty. love your writing style, love it.

Lainee said...
on Jul. 21 2009 at 2:02 pm
Self-confidence and righteous anger ring through, yet you saved room for comedy. True words, true soul, truely good writing. Props man.

Mo said...
on Jul. 21 2009 at 2:33 am
I loved the way "I am free" was separated from the stanza before it; I really felt the feeling of being free.

on Jul. 20 2009 at 3:23 pm
Kathryn.L BRONZE, Boca Raton, Florida
4 articles 1 photo 7 comments
It's great, strong but with a sense of humor.

on Jul. 18 2009 at 3:31 am
RadioShower PLATINUM, Rio Rancho, New Mexico
23 articles 5 photos 69 comments

Favorite Quote:
Emo is imaginary - Gerard Way
Normalness leads to sadness -Phil Lester (AmazingPhil)

You rock that pen!! keep up the good work

on Jul. 18 2009 at 12:58 am
Simplygraceful GOLD, Omaha, Nebraska
12 articles 4 photos 12 comments
luv this!!!definitely ur own creation

on Jul. 16 2009 at 11:13 pm
yourworstnightmare BRONZE, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
4 articles 0 photos 96 comments

Favorite Quote:
The best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. (Teddy Roosevelt)

this is really cool. I liked how you said, "I'm like Judge Judy." I liked that stanza best.

on Jul. 11 2009 at 5:34 pm
liz ward BRONZE, Easton, Maryland
2 articles 0 photos 3 comments
Awesome! Nice satire.