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The Journey MAG

March 27, 2008
By Josh Brabender, Cincinnati, OH

They say it’s all about the journey, I used to disagree.
Because I loved the destination but now I start to see
That when I finally get there, I think about the time
When we outsang the radio and thought we sounded fine.
The many fights that made Dad say, “I’ll turn this thing around!”
And how easy we’d make him laugh to calm him right back down.
The countless times we took a stop to stretch our legs were great,
Because space can get pretty tight when the car is packed with eight.
We all took turns to close our eyes and have a little nap
Or listen to whoever drives get lost and blame the map.
Oh how I love it in the car when we’re all having fun
So how I hate when we arrive and all of that is done.
Next to the pool, with earphones in, those times I can’t recall
But memories of getting there always do stand tall.
So Destination, here we are, but not as a family.
And as for me, I now agree, it’s all in the journey.

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on Feb. 8 2010 at 1:49 pm
ThereIsAlwaysHope GOLD, Belfast, Other
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Favorite Quote:
'Miles to go before I sleep'
- Robert Frost

awesomeee (:

Creziimimi said...
on Feb. 8 2010 at 12:57 pm
Haha, yeah, I had to go with my whole family from Lubbock to El Paso, it took about 6 hours, but unlike the way the poem writer describes a road trip, it was really tiring.

CreziiMimi said...
on Feb. 8 2010 at 12:54 pm
Wow, this poem is REALLY good, you obviously have a lot of potential, and I really like that. Keep writing, and I'll be back to see your next one!

on Feb. 8 2010 at 7:55 am
ThunderLovestheRain SILVER, Brookhaven, Mississippi
9 articles 0 photos 26 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Don't fret when it rains on your parade...just learn to dance in it."

"Be yourself...everyone else is already taken."

"Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes."

Haha! That was great! :))))

on Jan. 29 2010 at 4:39 pm
B.R.Nack SILVER, Grand Junction, Colorado
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Favorite Quote:
“...Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.”
--Stephen King

thats a really great poem, i enjoyed reading it you should seriously keep writing^^

shelz2 said...
on Jan. 25 2010 at 2:11 pm
this was a nice poem seriously.. it made me laugh, i hope this inspires you, keep writing.

on Jan. 24 2010 at 6:24 pm
Sissybug2012 PLATINUM, Union, Missouri
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Favorite Quote:
"the greatest thing you'll ever learn, is just to love and be loved in return." -MOULIN ROUGE (song lyrics)

oh my gosh i can relate, except not with eight, more four. we all crammed in our yukon and went to colorado, but it took eight hours......

kheart SILVER said...
on Jan. 17 2010 at 6:30 pm
kheart SILVER, Union Grove, Wisconsin
9 articles 0 photos 25 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Every second is countless. Every minute is different. When you came around." -kheart

I love it! Please look at my poems and rate them! THANKS and Great Job!

on Jan. 17 2010 at 6:16 pm
FlyLikeAnEagle94 PLATINUM, Kingston, Pennsylvania
24 articles 0 photos 13 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I write about me because I know about me," by John Lennon.

I like your style

on Jan. 17 2010 at 4:44 pm
Chibbie1 PLATINUM, Atlanta, Georgia
38 articles 8 photos 181 comments

Favorite Quote:
Reach for the the moon for if you fail you land amongst the stars :)

hey i love your stuff give me some advise some time. i know what you mean cause no matter how uncomfortable the car ride is its the destination and cuality you have with the people you care about

kedsberry!! said...
on Jan. 8 2010 at 12:39 am
i think its simply AWESOME...brought a flashback of good 'ol memories to my mind !!

booklover said...
on Jan. 4 2010 at 11:41 am
Loved it. It makes me think about when my family takes our annual trips how we always talk about he long ride there and how we got lost or what we saw on the way or who dorve what car and who was in it and where we stopped and all the complaining and made me think of my family and i love it. please keep writing.

on Dec. 29 2009 at 3:15 pm
sesababi BRONZE, Crystal River, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
It a greater gift to be trusted than to be loved.

his deffiently takes me back to my family car trips . i love it

zoezoe1 BRONZE said...
on Dec. 26 2009 at 1:19 pm
zoezoe1 BRONZE, Los Alamitos, California
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i've always been a fan of the couplets. nice work.

on Dec. 23 2009 at 7:22 pm
JacqueleenDubois PLATINUM, Levittown, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"Of all the words of Mice and Men, the saddest are what could have been."- Kurt Vonnegut

I loved it! All there is, truth in words.

on Dec. 4 2009 at 6:34 pm
oxStardustxo SILVER, State College, Pennsylvania
6 articles 0 photos 19 comments

Favorite Quote:
I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

This poem is beautiful!(But I'm sure you know that already) You made me feel all happy =)

Aurora said...
on Dec. 2 2009 at 7:21 am
good job dude, it flows great and has good rhymes. ps i like rhyming poems better than non-rhyming poems

Jaquie BRONZE said...
on Nov. 23 2009 at 3:39 pm
Jaquie BRONZE, West Palm Beach, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
This is certainly one of my favorites: "I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes." -2 Samuel 6:22

Very well done! -and I'm sure you don't need me to say so. You made me feel smile. So for that I thank you.

Keep writing and God bless,


Lanae BRONZE said...
on Nov. 15 2009 at 12:05 pm
Lanae BRONZE, Milford, Indiana
2 articles 0 photos 15 comments

Favorite Quote:
"'For I know the plans I have for you,' Declares the LORD, 'Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future.'" Jeremiah 29:11

Very well written and relatable! great job!!!

on Nov. 12 2009 at 6:30 pm
Poet_in_Motion PLATINUM, Sharon, Massachusetts
24 articles 0 photos 40 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Love one another." –George Harrison (his last words)

"and down they forgot as up they grew" –e.e. cummings

"The sea is just a wetter version of the sky..." –Regina Spektor

I like this poem a lot, and, like many of the other people, I can relate. I've always liked the car trips better than the destination, even though I'm an only child. I think your rhymes are clever and they flow smoothly. Keep up the great work!