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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 Jul. 12 2010 at 9:52 am
forgottenpenname GOLD, Troy, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
"Carpe diem."

This is so sweet and so true and so good. Great poem. :)

HETA95 SILVER said...
on Jul. 7 2010 at 5:11 pm
HETA95 SILVER, Houston, Texas
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i luv this poemmmmm

on Jul. 1 2010 at 3:50 pm
Jellybean9898 PLATINUM, Glendale, California
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Favorite Quote:
"When nothing goes right, go left"-Anonymous
"Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste to the sky as well as the Earth"-Henry David Thoreau

OMG, this was the first ever poem i read on teenink, and i LOVED IT!!!!  i read it to my family, too, and they were amazed at how great this poem is.  keep it up!

on Jun. 20 2010 at 10:59 am
Eternally17 SILVER, Dubai, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"There exists no heaven and no hell, nothing to look forward to after we have gone to ashes; live every moment NOW, and make things happen the way you want to in this lifetime; not the next."

The message you convey is a simple yet often overlooked fact, and I love the way you have portrayed it!

Well-written - I admire your style of writing :)

on Jun. 20 2010 at 7:00 am
Egyptiangirl13 GOLD, Kansas City, Missouri
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Favorite Quote:
\"either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. -Benjamin Franklin

\"If columbus would have turned back, no one would have blamed him. No one would have remembered him either.\"

\"If music be the food of love, play on.\"

wow i love this!!!

kms777 GOLD said...
on Jun. 8 2010 at 5:17 pm
kms777 GOLD, Winn, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
"learn from your mistakes but regret not a thing"

wow what a great poem!! i can just picture it so clearly. i wish i could write so vividly. i also hope youll read some of mine so i can know what to work on.

on Jun. 2 2010 at 6:06 am
marmarsunshine BRONZE, Dublin, Other
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Favorite Quote:
If a storm doesn't pass, learn to love dancing in the rain <3

That is really good!!Sounds just like me....

isela BRONZE said...
on May. 29 2010 at 1:34 am
isela BRONZE, San Jose, California
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Favorite Quote:
"live like your diying" OR "the past is history the future is a mystery but this moment is a gift that is why it is called present"

this an amazing poem i feel a little warmer of heart and its a truth that many people dont realize till those times and memories are taken away

on May. 18 2010 at 9:38 pm
SarahJumps SILVER, Richmond, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
-Eleanor Roosevelt

I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity. -E.R

Love this so much. we drive A LOT in my family of eleven, and really, most the time i would love it if we never got there. its not the mile marks that we remember, its the memories made in between. don't you think?

on May. 7 2010 at 6:03 pm
songofheaven BRONZE, East Amherst, New York
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Favorite Quote:
I have found power in the mysteries of thought. -Euripides

This speaks the truth, although many don't get it.

on May. 7 2010 at 4:09 pm
decembersun14 PLATINUM, Winchester, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
"Life sucks. A lot. But you just have to keep on going. No matter what happens. You can never ever give up. You just have to roll with the punches, go with the flow, and always try your best to keep on going <3"


on May. 7 2010 at 12:04 pm
PoeticTouch GOLD, Saida, Other
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Favorite Quote:
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow

looooove it!!

maRAWR GOLD said...
on May. 5 2010 at 1:50 pm
maRAWR GOLD, Greeley, Colorado
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Favorite Quote:
"all you need is love" -the beatles =)

love the poem! i agree that its progression we should strive for, and not perfection

on Apr. 30 2010 at 8:25 am
BiancaMarie SILVER, Colchester, Vermont
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Favorite Quote:
better loved then lost then never to have loved at all

i lovee it hunn!!

comments minee and stuff (:?

gansta44 said...
on Apr. 29 2010 at 5:07 pm
very very wack

on Apr. 21 2010 at 12:32 pm
this was a very nice poem

on Apr. 15 2010 at 10:35 pm
trumpetgirl711, Tucson, Arizona
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Very nice.

on Apr. 15 2010 at 2:13 pm
whisperingofdawn GOLD, Colorado City, Arizona
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i can definately relate to this. my family traveled alot, and the best part WAS the journey.

Eilatan GOLD said...
on Apr. 15 2010 at 2:09 pm
Eilatan GOLD, Old Greenwich, Connecticut
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Favorite Quote:
"Nobody is normal. Everybody in the world is a weirdo freak. Except you, which makes you a weirdo freak."

This is amazing.

on Apr. 15 2010 at 1:27 pm
Corinnee<3 BRONZE, Scottsdale, Arizona
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Favorite Quote:
"Someday your dreams will come true." I sure hope mine do!!:)

Great! I loved the rhyming incorporated with the poem:)