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P.O. Box 2574 MAG

By Anonymous

Dear Life,
Thanks a lot.
Thanks for computer crashes and plane crashes,
for dirty feet and dirty minds, for cold weather and
cold mothers. Thanks for protein bars that taste like s--t.
But thanks as well for small talk with strangers in the
Express lane at Ralph’s, thank you for pomegranate
chapstick and cherry sarcasm. Thanks for being
a dime short of my favorite brand of chips at the
vending machine, thanks for loud chewers.
Thank you for obnoxious relatives who ask where
you’re going to college or what career you’ve picked
when all you want to do is lie in bed and watch
reruns of “Full House” and “I Love Lucy.” Thanks for
the last seat free on the subway. Thanks for cheap
knockoffs of designer jeans. But most of all, Life,
thank you for the 1:1 ratio of real thanks and no thanks.
Thanks a lot.

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on Jan. 28 2012 at 7:49 am
laurensoccer SILVER, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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I love your humor and I think it fits well with this poem. This is agreat piece of work ,and your light humor really shines through.

soldierx said...
on Jan. 17 2012 at 1:23 pm
Haha, i like this! This made me laugh. It's very true though. Nice sense of humor :))

BillyMay said...
on Jan. 6 2012 at 11:34 am
I like the humor and slightly sarcastic tone of this poem. However, as the reader, I did not feel that it was very organized. I think it would have been better if it had been organized with all of the things that you dont like about life together, followed by all of the things that you do like about life, instead of them being mingled together and constantly going back and forth between the two.

OceanFey GOLD said...
on Nov. 23 2011 at 11:26 am
OceanFey GOLD, North Potomac, Maryland
12 articles 1 photo 36 comments

Favorite Quote:
It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get. - Confucius

I love the colloquial tone of this poem. It fits well with the title!

Lexie96 GOLD said...
on Oct. 23 2011 at 7:08 pm
Lexie96 GOLD, Havana, Illinois
11 articles 0 photos 378 comments

Favorite Quote:
Now Cinderella don't you go to sleep, it's such a bitter form of refuge, oh don't you know the kingdom's under siege, and everbody needs you. - The Killers

Great job! You turned something really simple into something very beautiful that read amazingly as the person below me stated. If you or anyone else could check out some of my work that would be great! Please?

clunt13 BRONZE said...
on Oct. 10 2011 at 10:59 pm
clunt13 BRONZE, Essex, Massachusetts
2 articles 0 photos 4 comments

Favorite Quote:
You must first learn the rules, so that you can break them

which lord knows what the difficult and laborious task it is to get a poem to read fluidly

clunt13 BRONZE said...
on Oct. 10 2011 at 10:58 pm
clunt13 BRONZE, Essex, Massachusetts
2 articles 0 photos 4 comments

Favorite Quote:
You must first learn the rules, so that you can break them

bravo, i REALLY like something about this but just can't put my finger on it. I realllllly enjoyed your near paragraph form of consistently long lines, i find it unsual but thats what i liked most about this, it reads smoothly

on Oct. 10 2011 at 3:13 pm
xxtennis13xx SILVER, Clarkston, Michigan
9 articles 0 photos 25 comments
It's awesome that simple everyday things like chapstick and protein bars can be made into something beautiful. Great Job!

on Oct. 10 2011 at 7:51 am
CourteneyTOXICITY BRONZE, Sacramento, California
1 article 0 photos 8 comments
Fantastic! Keep writing!!

on Aug. 16 2011 at 5:08 pm
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

I love it! It's so emotional, not holding anything back. Keep writing!

on Aug. 5 2011 at 7:52 pm
bEllAhOPe BRONZE, Houston, Texas
4 articles 0 photos 21 comments

Favorite Quote:
\"Flying is simple... you just throw yourself at the ground and miss.\"

Reminding us all to be thankful people- I admire that. I was expecting a mystic piece, given the unique title. I did enjoy it. Nice work.

TAR11 SILVER said...
on Jul. 14 2011 at 8:41 pm
TAR11 SILVER, Allison Park, Pennsylvania
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I like it.  Please check out my poems From the Hilltop and Anonymous' Inferno. 

on Jul. 14 2011 at 12:45 pm
yousaypotato... SILVER, Peacedale, Rhode Island
9 articles 1 photo 42 comments

Favorite Quote:
"A good friend will bail you out of jail. But a best friend will be sitting right there with you saying 'Dang, we really screwed up this time.'"

wow. that really good. what does the title mean?

on Jul. 4 2011 at 10:57 am
A.PaigeTurner, San Antonio, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
You think that everybody hates you. You should really stop that.- A Good Friend

Keep writing!  Please!

VeronicaAnn. said...
on May. 20 2011 at 11:16 am
VeronicaAnn., Brunswick, Ohio
0 articles 5 photos 26 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Tell Me When You Feel My Silence." -Possibility ~ Lykke Li

Very Relatable.

I Love It. c:

Keep Up The Good Work! :D

Reigyn said...
on May. 12 2011 at 5:19 pm
Reigyn, Toronto, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"Dance like no one is watching, love like you'll never be hurt,sing like no one is listening,and live like it's heaven on earth."- William Purkey
As we struggle to make sense of things, life looks on in repose. ~Author Unknown

amazing piece. I love how relateable it is. Good job!

on May. 9 2011 at 10:15 pm
colette.omelette BRONZE, Brooklyn, New York
3 articles 0 photos 6 comments
I like how candid this is :)

on May. 9 2011 at 11:33 am
Mortie PLATINUM, Oak Run, California
31 articles 0 photos 74 comments

Favorite Quote:
Whats The Point?

this is so true and so well writen, i love it! good job!

on May. 9 2011 at 11:04 am
kaykay101 PLATINUM, Arundel, Maine
35 articles 0 photos 20 comments
This is amazing and so true! Great job:)

jocyLOL BRONZE said...
on May. 7 2011 at 10:22 pm
jocyLOL BRONZE, San Jose, California
2 articles 0 photos 17 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Everybody dies but not everybody lives" (moment for life-nicki minaj)

I love it :D it is so honest that it's kinda funny "protein bars that taste like s--t"