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Daddy's Womb MAG

April 23, 2008
By Carl Haynes, Staten Island, NY

i asked my father if i could swim,
and he said that i would drown.
The Sea would imprison me – he said
if my feet had left the ground.

So i walked out to the water,
and cried out – how ’bout now!
He said, a little bit further, Son,
and then you’ll leave the ground.

i stepped on sand then stone,
from hollow ground to sturdy.
The sky was at my level as I
gazed at the birdie.

The Sea brought me a new idea,
the urge to flee to the high.

i asked my Father if i could fly,
and he said, sure, Son – go try.

i jumped as high as i could.
Still, i landed on the ground.
i saw my Father pull on a chain,
then i knew that i was bound.

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on Nov. 23 2017 at 12:38 pm
kristenjwang SILVER, NY, New York
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ah, a fellow Staten Islander! This is beautiful!

on Nov. 22 2017 at 4:07 pm
gatsbygreen BRONZE, London, Other
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This is beautiful :)


on Nov. 12 2017 at 12:31 am
justarandom BRONZE, Auckland, Other
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this poem is amazing

on Oct. 31 2017 at 12:30 pm
KurdiG PLATINUM, Douglasville, Georgia
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Your work is extremely incredible.

on Oct. 24 2017 at 2:35 pm
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Favorite Quote:
should've known from the start, shawty always playin' wit my heart

i just have one thing to say and one thing only... shouldve known from the start

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on Oct. 24 2017 at 2:34 pm
chancewalker, Littleton, Colorado
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shoulda known from the start

on Oct. 17 2017 at 2:39 pm
Siri.Writes BRONZE, Knapp, Wisconsin
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Favorite Quote:
"You may not be the Queen, but without the people, there is no Queen." -Siri.Writes

At first, I was confused, but this is absolutely marvelous. I envy you amazing literature skill.

on Oct. 15 2017 at 8:47 pm
Milo_J_Henry BRONZE, Greenville, South Carolina
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Love the contrasting imagery in this! Very unique, keep up the good work.

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Favorite Quote:
"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart."
- Helen Keller

wow... this is beautiful

on Oct. 10 2017 at 12:24 pm
Justin11111 BRONZE, LA, Virginia
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It's alright

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on Oct. 5 2017 at 12:30 pm
andi. SILVER, Overland Park, Kansas
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This poem is so amazing, I love the twist at the ending!

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on Sep. 17 2017 at 10:53 pm
dwood BRONZE, Benton, Arkansas
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Favorite Quote:
The world is, of course, nothing but our conception of it.

The talent that this poem possesses...

on Sep. 17 2017 at 9:22 pm
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This is really nice

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on Sep. 17 2017 at 1:20 pm
tfyoya GOLD, Acworth, Georgia
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Favorite Quote:
Never be someone that you not. You'll waste your time and everyone else's because they don't know the real you. ~me

amazing really talented

on Jun. 4 2017 at 4:01 pm
Anya3727 BRONZE, Phildaelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reakky love your writing style!

on Apr. 16 2017 at 9:17 pm
eshaansoman SILVER, Hillsborough, New Jersey
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awesome piece!

on Apr. 4 2017 at 9:45 pm
manasisoman SILVER, Hillsborough, New Jersey
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This is so deep, and such a great piece. Great job!

on Mar. 22 2017 at 8:27 pm
tigerlilyorange SILVER, Lexington, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Goethe

this would make a beautiful picture book!

on Mar. 20 2017 at 9:28 pm
eshaansoman SILVER, Hillsborough, New Jersey
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so insightful! It took such a turn at the end