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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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sammayyann said...
on Jan. 14 2009 at 7:44 pm

Kayla b. said...
on Jan. 14 2009 at 3:53 pm
wow that is such a great poem

on Jan. 14 2009 at 3:53 pm
OMG thats a really good poem!! i like all the descrptive words you used! keep up the great work!! (: :)

Mickey said...
on Jan. 14 2009 at 3:52 pm
this is the best poem i have ever read..this is a really really good poem i think you should keep writing...good job

on Jan. 5 2009 at 3:57 pm
I liked it. Stright forward. Meaningful. Love the Sarcasm. Love the Truth behind it. Good use of Irony. :D

XchachiXO said...
on Dec. 30 2008 at 11:44 am
that is life. good idea!

on Dec. 23 2008 at 6:36 pm
I love this! This is perfect! It's so different, and refreshing. So cool! =D

julia said...
on Dec. 23 2008 at 5:35 pm

this is the best I have ever read! instead of talking about common things like "thanks for christmas" your thankful for pomegranate lip balm :] its original and i love it

moniquecheer said...
on Dec. 16 2008 at 9:44 pm
i love this. exactly how i feel =]

aka321 said...
on Dec. 15 2008 at 5:33 pm
this was really cute!! it starts out sad but then goes to real thanks and then back to sarcastic and so on..keep it up!!

on Dec. 15 2008 at 3:08 pm
I love it. I tend to focus on the bad things in life rather than the good and this poem helped me realize I would not know what the good was without the bad... :)

on Dec. 10 2008 at 9:19 pm
This poem truly made my day.

So thank you for bringing this masterpiece into the world.

on Dec. 4 2008 at 2:41 pm
This is quite amazing, just to let you know.

on Dec. 2 2008 at 5:26 pm
One word! WOW!! i love it! *^_^* keep up the good work!

inspired said...
on Nov. 29 2008 at 8:56 pm
this is really good i love it

on Nov. 28 2008 at 10:39 pm
All I can say is, WOW! Amazing. I love poetry, especially free-verse. You can do anything with the poem without having some language arts teacher nagging to you about how to write a poem. Why can't all poems be like this? Having rules in poetry just does not make it unique. That's why I love free-verse poetry, and your poem made me love poetry more.

Rosi_ibm said...
on Nov. 25 2008 at 2:34 pm
alot of irony, its okay but yeah kinda sad it makes me feel like you regret life


Nurxxx said...
on Nov. 17 2008 at 10:13 pm
I loove this.

perfect irony:)

on Nov. 11 2008 at 11:55 pm
i really love this poem ^_^ i know what you're saying, and it's probably one of the main reasons i created an account... just now. lol Keep up the good work. (=

tweedle dee said...
on Nov. 10 2008 at 11:27 pm
i like it kinda cute and a little sad in some ways to me at least!