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My Parents MAG

May 19, 2011
By AndresVaamonde SILVER, New York, New York
AndresVaamonde SILVER, New York, New York
9 articles 0 photos 18 comments

Favorite Quote:
“We are the bright new stars born of a screaming black hole, the nascent suns burst from the darkness, from the grasping void of space that folds and swallows--a darkness that would devour anyone not as strong as we. We are oddities, sideshows, talk show subjects. We capture everyone's imagination.”

I am irate
With my parents

They are unaware
Of how difficult they have made
For me

They seem to have forgotten the
number one
In a poet's arsenal

They seem to have forgotten
That hundreds of poets have
Their craft purely on
Their deleterious and
Stifling childhoods

It would appear that my parents
Are not in support
Of my poetry because they
Do not provide me with
For my writing

They are
Too loving
Too caring
Too supportive
To have much to
Write about

I am mentally sane,
Without horrifying childhood scars,
Without deep emotional conflictions,
Without hate and anger pumping through my
Circulatory system

It is a pity
That I have been raised in
An affectionate
Warm, Vibrant, and Encouraging

I will never make it as a poet,
With an exceptional childhood

I have had it
Either my parents afflict me
With these conditions,
Or I will afflict myself

Until then
I must endure
The pain and suffering

And am forced
To have subjects
Such as this
For poems

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on Mar. 4 2012 at 8:11 am
Dino-chan BRONZE, Wentzville, Missouri
1 article 2 photos 26 comments

Favorite Quote:
"death cannot stop true love only delay it for a while" westly the princess bride

I find it rather funny how you complain about your parents loving you too much

on Mar. 3 2012 at 5:14 pm
C.Michelle1295 SILVER, Denton, Texas
6 articles 0 photos 21 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I don't mind living in a man's world as long as I can be a woman in it" -Marylin Monroe
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" - phillipians 4:13

I like this poem a lot. I happen to write a lot of the tortured soul poems but that's because they are feelings I have been connected to. So whoevers giving you crap because of this poem took what you wrote the wrong way. You have a right to feel the way you feel which is what poetry's about.

on Mar. 3 2012 at 1:59 pm
TheLiberalist BRONZE, Briarcliff Manor, New York
1 article 0 photos 4 comments

Favorite Quote:
"A man who does not think for himself does not think at all" -Oscar Wilde

You should write an anthology based on your ironically "horrible" loving family.

on Mar. 2 2012 at 3:04 pm
ChampagneSun SILVER, Medford, New Jersey
8 articles 0 photos 7 comments

Favorite Quote:
Do not read as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.

Fill the pages with the breathings of your heart.

Oh what are we average people to do? Well, clearly dispite your lack of the typical, cliched poetically relvant problems you have still managed to write a really great poem! As a luckily/unluckly average, loved teenage poet myself this brought a smile to my face, so thanks for that and keep up the great poetry! :)

hanajun said...
on Mar. 2 2012 at 1:03 pm
hanajun, Olmsted Township, Ohio
0 articles 0 photos 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Brevity is the soul of wit" ~ Shakespeare's "Hamlet." "All the world's a stage" ~ Shakespeare's "As You Like It."

That was quite entertaining. It's unusual how often poets find inspiration in their 'unfortunate' circumstances.

KelliB GOLD said...
on Mar. 2 2012 at 11:28 am
KelliB GOLD, Amarillo, Texas
15 articles 1 photo 55 comments

Favorite Quote:
Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.
- Bill Cosby

I totally agree with you. I have the exact same problems. How do you write about the horrible things in life when your not horrible parents never exposed you to them. This is brilliant.

*Read mine and I'll read and comment on everyone who does this for me*

on Mar. 2 2012 at 9:48 am
Lola_Black GOLD, Harrison, Michigan
11 articles 2 photos 276 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I've always been famous. It's just everybody's just now finding out." --Lady Gaga

Ha! It's cute! I love how you seem to be chewing your parents out and praising them at the same time. And I love how you managed to take something that's holding you back from writing, and then use that as something to write about! If you don't mind, could you read some of my poems? Thanks :p

chasluther said...
on Mar. 2 2012 at 5:40 am
Ultimate post. I often think the same way. It has made me realized so many things. Bathroom Remodeling

CyberJJJ said...
on Mar. 1 2012 at 12:34 am
I like the juxtaposition you took for the backhanded compliments...I bet your parents loved them too!

Fia-fia BRONZE said...
on Feb. 29 2012 at 6:36 pm
Fia-fia BRONZE, Bethesda, Maryland
4 articles 1 photo 157 comments
Wow, this is just insane, quite literally. Amazing and a fantasitc view on everyting. It really makes you think about multiple things... Thank you for posting and i hope to see more of your work! :)

on Feb. 27 2012 at 3:08 am
AdiDavis SILVER, Homer, Alaska
8 articles 0 photos 1 comment

Favorite Quote:
" Well behaved women rarely make history."

I absolutely love this! It brought a smile to my face, and reminded me of many of my "frustrations" with my own parents. 

on Feb. 24 2012 at 9:40 pm
snoopy276 BRONZE, Waukesha, Wisconsin
1 article 0 photos 3 comments
Escape-the-insanity- you said "some poets right of being in love, which is by no means a wound." I don't think it is true that love can't be a wound. If you really love someone it can still hurt- for example if you are not allowed to be together or they do not love you back. Also, I think poems that say love is perfect and fantastic and glorious are just not as interesting as poems that show the conflict. Oh and you said "right" instead of "write." Just saying.

on Feb. 22 2012 at 1:56 am
bananapan PLATINUM, Issaquah, Washington
21 articles 0 photos 7 comments

Favorite Quote:
We too, are stardust.

This is really funny! It's probably a very common feeling or 'affliction' for many of us strikingly average beings, yet you made it into something unique and clever. Nice job!

on Feb. 21 2012 at 4:25 pm
subliminal96 GOLD, Kent, Ohio
10 articles 0 photos 18 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I have no nation to fight for... my country is the earth and I am a citizen of the world."

Haha, this was fantastic. Love the clever sarcasm. As is the case with joy, pain can come from any situation.

Rachel said...
on Feb. 20 2012 at 10:38 pm
This is a great poem - I found it to be sarcastic but it also tells a great story. Excellent writing!

on Feb. 20 2012 at 8:43 pm
Anny_Grace SILVER, Centennial, Colorado
9 articles 0 photos 22 comments
Oh, okay cool, I picked up on the sarcasm but i wasn't really sure.... glad you have such great parents :)

on Feb. 20 2012 at 8:42 pm
Anny_Grace SILVER, Centennial, Colorado
9 articles 0 photos 22 comments
Wow. I can't tell if ti is sarcastic or serious but I think that it what makes the poem so mysterious and nice to read. And I guess you really are lucky to have such great parents either way.

QN123 BRONZE said...
on Feb. 20 2012 at 1:10 pm
QN123 BRONZE, Birmingham, Other
1 article 0 photos 5 comments

Favorite Quote:
“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.”

I don't agree with the message but it is a clever poem. I like it.

on Feb. 20 2012 at 12:43 pm
callie15 BRONZE, North Plains, Oregon
3 articles 21 photos 424 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I dreamed I was a butterfly, flitting around in the sky; then I awoke. Now I wonder: Am I a man who dreamt of being a butterfly, or am I a butterfly dreaming that I am a man?"
-Chuang Tzu

"No man with a good car needs to be justified!"
-Wise Blood

This is a wonderful poem, and I totally get it. It seems that a lot of people take things too literally in writing. I to, often times have to explain my writing because no one gets it. I'm a big fan of symbolism. Right now, I'm writing a story in which a daughter is still connected to her mother by the cord. I show this to my friends, and they're all like "Eww, that's gross!" But that was not the point I was trying to get across. I was trying to show that the mother in this story is unwilling to let go of her daughter, and although she tries to get away, she tugs at the cord and she stays.

on Feb. 20 2012 at 9:46 am
Shahiro PLATINUM, Johnston, Iowa
20 articles 2 photos 262 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Soon we must all choose between what is right and what is easy." - Dumbledore (Goblet of Fire)

By the way, a perfect childhood can exist! but only if you make it that way. Besides a perfect childhood is a matter of opinion, you might think you had a perfect childhood because you had cake once a month. (i never get cake once a month) ps. please read rate and comment on my work!!