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La Belle au Bois dormant MAG

July 31, 2008
By raeTo SILVER, Evanston, Illinois
raeTo SILVER, Evanston, Illinois
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In the dampness of summer heat
we bounce on that trampoline
in our own secret garden, where the hedges and weeds and sunflowers
are overgrown
look at us,
we are beautiful
we are young
we are alive
we are untouchable
There are memories
when you see time pass by and flow like syrup
we danced through life
do you remember?
We thought we were Sleeping Beauty
guarded by a dragon
saved by a prince.
Childhood is lemonade stands on your block
and Mickey Mouse pancakes and seesaws,
and believing in fairy tales
do you remember
how our mothers found us sleeping on your couch one afternoon
really thinking that princes would come
to wake us up
and we would marry them and dance on clouds and our dresses would change
from pink to blue and back to pink again
well, now we don’t believe anymore
in fairy tales or each other
life woke us up one day, not a prince
it got through the thorns around our castle, the ones that shielded us from reality
when it did
you were you and I was me
and neither one of us
was Sleeping Beauty

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Mckay ELITE said...
on Oct. 8 2013 at 5:07 pm
Mckay ELITE, Somewhere, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
"The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do."
—Apple’s “Think Different” commercial, 1997
“Crazy people are considered mad by the rest of the society only because their intelligence isn't understood.”
― Weihui Zhou

The childish innocence at the beginning reminds me of how you grow up thinking fairy tales do exists. Then the bitter ending of your poem is when we grow up realizing Love is a game with no rules: fairy tales are just that...fairy tales. Not real life. The emotion is priceless as well as the imagery. 

on Sep. 7 2012 at 9:48 pm
Emin3mAC SILVER, Nogalas, Arizona
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I love the sudden emotion change. How you go from remembering fairytales to having reality come. Well done! 

AriShine GOLD said...
on Sep. 7 2012 at 6:10 pm
AriShine GOLD, Norcross, Georgia
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Favorite Quote:
"Whatever you are, be a good one." -Abraham Lincoln

This poem is absolutely beautiful. Great details and imagery, and the ending was simply phenomenal. LOVE. Keep writing!

on Aug. 16 2012 at 9:32 pm
Seelix PLATINUM, Chandler, Arizona
20 articles 3 photos 72 comments
This is so good. You really wrote about something everyone can relate to in a very memorable and different way. I love that you linked childhood with fairy tales, it really does seem like that sometimes. Nice!

on Feb. 22 2012 at 8:19 pm
shunflower GOLD, Shamong, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
I’m seventeen and I’m crazy. My uncle says the two always go together. When people ask your age, he said, always say seventeen and insane.

I've written something like this before, trying to remember what it was like to be a kid. All I found were lost feelings and a realization that when you're young and innocent, the world is a big fairytale story, until, at some point, reality closes the book. The whole thing was wonderful, and you've done a fantastic job comparing then versus now in your writing. Keep up the good work.

on Feb. 14 2012 at 9:17 pm
Let-Love-In PLATINUM, Chester, Connecticut
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Favorite Quote:
"You fail only if you stop writing."

I am in love with this. It is so true, its sad how we can't believe in any of that anymore, because now reality has hit us and there is no turning back. But this was beautifully written, it has officially been added to my favorites :)

gleek1234 GOLD said...
on Jan. 6 2012 at 11:54 am
gleek1234 GOLD, Burlington, Vermont
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Favorite Quote:
You did let me go you left me broken and heartless, crying out for help, with no one to answer my calls-Shilpa Pierpont-Hale ( poem) Love hurts

This is a really good poem and just what i needed

on Dec. 18 2011 at 12:05 pm
iAmTheStardust PLATINUM, Moon Twp., Pennsylvania
36 articles 1 photo 94 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The prettiest flowers grow in the biggest pile of manure."

congratulations, you are incredible. so many times when i was reading this i thought 'sounds like me, that used to be me'. this really really spoke to me. reality is harsh thing, and poetry (in my opinion) is the best way out because we all need a break sometimes. great job on this, gonna look at some of your other work. five stars

on Dec. 18 2011 at 11:53 am
muna.najihah PLATINUM, Malacca, Other
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Favorite Quote:
if life was given two choices, to become a writer or a character, I will choose to become a writer.
I have the power to decide what my life should be.

i love how you make the intro, create the mood to read. so, i wish you congrats on making it into the mag.

Please check out my piece of work to and comment/rate it whenever you are free

on Dec. 18 2011 at 11:20 am
fictitious-quandary GOLD, Orlando, Florida
18 articles 5 photos 83 comments

Favorite Quote:
Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
Willing is not enough; we must do.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right"
- Henry Ford

Great job congrats on getting in the mag

on Nov. 4 2011 at 11:20 am
NadimAzar BRONZE, Beirut,
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Very well written.. I really liked this poem.I would appreciate that you check my poem and leave a comment..Keep up the good work! :)

on Aug. 5 2011 at 12:27 pm
SocialPariah GOLD, Laurel, Maryland
16 articles 0 photos 14 comments

Favorite Quote:
A dream is just a recycled memory.

This poem is amazing!  One of my favorites so far :)

on Jun. 29 2011 at 7:17 pm
Dancing2222 GOLD, Sandy, Utah
10 articles 0 photos 59 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Be yourself, everyone else is taken."
"Imagination is more important that knowledge" -Albert Einstein
"Don't ever frown, you never know who's going to fall in love with your smile."

I love this poem sooooo much! Probably my favorite on teen ink (and I'm on here almost everyday). Fantastic job! Can't wait to see more:) 

on Jun. 21 2011 at 5:20 pm
Afanen PLATINUM, Santa Rosa, California
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Favorite Quote:
"But you see, Meg, just because we don't understand doesn't mean that the explanation doesn't exist."

- Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time

This is really truly wonderful. Fantastic job!

Cinder SILVER said...
on May. 31 2011 at 11:33 pm
Cinder SILVER, Auckland, California
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Favorite Quote:
''Curiosity kills the cat''

This is amazing. I wouldn't have replaced a single word. It almost made me cry with happiness :)

on May. 31 2011 at 5:18 pm
WynterPage95 ELITE, Monticello, Arkansas
164 articles 8 photos 76 comments

Favorite Quote:
"It's better to burn out than to fade away..." -Kurt Cobain

this was a really good description of growing up. it really reminds me of how time flies by and the next thing we know, we're practically grown-ups. really good job!

on May. 20 2011 at 7:51 am
dancergurl22 BRONZE, Grand Junction, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
Love, like you can't get hurt
Dance, like no one's watching
Live, like there's no tomorrow

i loved EVERY WORD! :-)

on May. 9 2011 at 8:01 pm
samiikay SILVER, Olive Hill, KY, Kentucky
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Favorite Quote:
"Happiness, you see, its just an illusion of Fate, a heavenly sleight of hand designed to make you believe in fairy tales. But there's no happily ever after. You'll only find happy endings in books. Some books."
-Ellen Hopkins

this is amazing. i absolutley adore it. (:

on Apr. 17 2011 at 10:51 am
BeautifulFreedom SILVER, Clearfield, Utah
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Favorite Quote:
"It has been said, 'time heals all wounds.' I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone."
~ Rose Kennedy

Very good. beautiful imagery.

on Feb. 10 2011 at 5:34 pm
Destinymarina SILVER, Muscle Shoals, Alabama
8 articles 0 photos 11 comments

Favorite Quote:
im the type of girl that will brighten your day when i can\'t even brighten my own

This is amazing!