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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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princesspink said...
on Jun. 13 2010 at 8:20 am
princesspink, Kansas, Kansas
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Favorite Quote:
"Trying to be poetic never works. That's like trying to be in the mood for potatoes." - Ernest Hemingway

I wonder as I read your aching heart is there more to life?? But then I READ ON AND THERE IS THANKS FOR "cherry sarcasm" and I become OK with the "1:1 ratio"

jkcoolz SILVER said...
on May. 22 2010 at 8:37 pm
jkcoolz SILVER, Chesapeake, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
“A guy walks up to me and asks 'What's Punk?'. So I kick over a garbage can and say 'That's punk!'. So he kicks over a garbage can and says 'That's Punk?', and I say 'No that's trendy!” billie joe armstrong

very true but at the same time its completly creative

on May. 22 2010 at 12:55 pm

I have to... I like it. But don't get too cocky.


on May. 22 2010 at 12:41 pm
TheSummoningFreak PLATINUM, Lugoff, South Carolina
41 articles 0 photos 122 comments

Favorite Quote:
if you can never let yourself fall you'll never know what it's like to love

 love this so true and real

on May. 20 2010 at 9:37 am
bluegirl440 DIAMOND, Park City, Utah
84 articles 0 photos 48 comments

Favorite Quote:
Everybody lies. -House

This is great and made me laugh!!

on May. 16 2010 at 11:48 am
sunnyhunny PLATINUM, Litchfield, New Hampshire
22 articles 3 photos 329 comments

Favorite Quote:
"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind."

Very creative.  This made me smile!

on May. 15 2010 at 6:06 pm
GiSELA SILVER, Escondido, California
7 articles 0 photos 53 comments

Favorite Quote:
Life is about doing things people said you couldn't do.

Nice poem! I really enjoyed it! (:

Nyrihaz said...
on Apr. 30 2010 at 10:37 pm
Nyrihaz, Isabela, Other
0 articles 0 photos 24 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Listen to the screams a silent room makes"

Hehehe. This is very funny and nice and wow! Great job with all the details in it and 1 on 1 ratio thing. Loved it.



Eilatan GOLD said...
on Apr. 8 2010 at 6:47 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."

It's a letter.

to your life.


I love the part about pomegranite chapstick and cherry sarcasm. And about the Fulll House and I Love Lucy. All the little tidbits that make this poem really about your life are completely excellent. Fantastic!!!!!

on Apr. 8 2010 at 11:05 am
BleedingRose PLATINUM, Frederic, Wisconsin
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Favorite Quote:
*The darkness holds infinite possibilities.


I agree completely with emily.a one this one!  Amazing, I loved it!  Mind commenting on some of my work?  Truly, this is a masterpeice, keep writing!  :)


on Apr. 8 2010 at 8:40 am
haana114 PLATINUM, -, Other
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really a masterpiece..to me is very truthful and shows life as it is.keep it up!

on Apr. 8 2010 at 7:55 am
Wellington BRONZE, Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits.
Richard M. Nixon

i love it...i thought i was very true and especially love the opening..dirty feet and dirty minds; computer crashes and plane crashes...its genius(:

on Mar. 28 2010 at 10:40 pm
Taylor-pop SILVER, Mole Creek, Other
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Favorite Quote:
Real friends are like diamonds true and rare.
Fake friends are like autumn leaves found everywhere.

I think this is really beautiful not only is it honest its true and i love that.

Good work x

on Mar. 28 2010 at 1:46 pm
SarClark BRONZE, NC, Connecticut
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on Mar. 17 2010 at 7:25 pm
starlight26 GOLD, Miramar, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
*life isnt about pretending to be something you're not. It about being who you are and finding someone
who loves every bit of it."

"Life's tradegy is that we get old too soon and wise too late"

I loved it!! it was really funny but meaningfull too!! i especially luv the last line!

on Mar. 17 2010 at 9:28 am
annkaykay2011 DIAMOND, Lansing, Michigan
75 articles 11 photos 137 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I am who I am, sorry, no changes."

I like the line

" Thanks for the protein bars that taste like s--t" Lol gives it color.

I like it alot.

Its totally relatable no matter how or what you see it.

Good job.

on Mar. 10 2010 at 7:48 pm
Sabrinahco GOLD, Jefferson City, Missouri
10 articles 2 photos 10 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you're not first, you're last"

It's really great (:

I like how you kinda made it letter-like

Very unique.

on Feb. 26 2010 at 10:33 am
blankpages12 BRONZE, Redding, Colorado
4 articles 0 photos 16 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Sometimes you put up walls not to keep people out but to see who cares enough to break them down."

so crative

on Feb. 19 2010 at 7:47 pm
Shapphire10293 BRONZE, Waldorf, Maryland
2 articles 0 photos 4 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Begin with the end in mind"

This is extremely impressive.

trblue GOLD said...
on Feb. 1 2010 at 10:57 pm
trblue GOLD, Richmond, Virginia
14 articles 7 photos 141 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Too often we lose sight of life's simple pleasures. Remember, when someone annoys you, it takes 42 muscles in your face to frown. It only takes 4 muscles to extend your arm and slap that mother@#?!&* upside the head. "

i love how there some emotion of hate and that hard too keep in pice of work.

but that what makes it good.