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Matchstick MAG

April 18, 2014
By Jade.I.Am ELITE, Fishers, Indiana
Jade.I.Am ELITE, Fishers, Indiana
214 articles 14 photos 1163 comments

Favorite Quote:
“If you're losing your soul and you know it, then you've still got a soul left to lose”
― Charles Bukowski


Men speak wistfully of children grown long
before their time,
but they know nothing of the heart and only of clocks,
because some things do not come
in steps, and
just as the cigarette lighter came before
the matchstick,
so was I seventy years old and staring Death
in the face before I learned
how to live.



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on Nov. 16 2014 at 12:05 am
TargonTheDragon GOLD, Ofallon, Missouri
15 articles 16 photos 292 comments

Favorite Quote:
First dentistry was painless.
Then bicycles were chainless,
Carriages were horseless,
And many laws enforceless.

Next cookery was fireless,
Telegraphy was wireless,
Cigars were nicotineless,
And coffee caffeineless.

Soon oranges were seedless,
The putting green was weedless,
The college boy was hatless,
The proper diet fatless.

New motor roads are dustless,
The latest steel is rustless,
Our tennis courts are sodless,
Our new religion — godless.

Age does not dictate maturity....

on Nov. 14 2014 at 11:29 am
EmilytheBelleofA. DIAMOND, Athens, Georgia
81 articles 5 photos 1492 comments

Favorite Quote:
To love is to be vulnerable; Triumph is born out of struggle; We notice shadows most when they stand alone in the midst of overwhelming light.

Congrats, Jade! I'm so glad and happy that this is to be published. You truly desrve it. :)  Your poem in a lot of ways, I can connect too. The may be short to some people, but it is perfect and filled with a beauty that I cannot or do not know how to explain. I just love this poem, too.  Thank you so much, for sharing this, my friend! You are wonderful and talented. And again, congrats! :)

on May. 8 2014 at 8:59 pm
Jade.I.Am ELITE, Fishers, Indiana
214 articles 14 photos 1163 comments

Favorite Quote:
“If you're losing your soul and you know it, then you've still got a soul left to lose”
― Charles Bukowski

thank ya :)

on May. 8 2014 at 12:53 pm
romanticpoet GOLD, Dhaka, Other
16 articles 2 photos 26 comments

Favorite Quote:
love is like a rose, it has many colors & sights of beauty in spite of having thorns

thats a very good writing

on Apr. 28 2014 at 7:33 pm
Jade.I.Am ELITE, Fishers, Indiana
214 articles 14 photos 1163 comments

Favorite Quote:
“If you're losing your soul and you know it, then you've still got a soul left to lose”
― Charles Bukowski

and thanks for reading! (:

on Apr. 28 2014 at 12:25 pm
PhoenixTears GOLD, Stansbury Park, Utah
11 articles 6 photos 59 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Life sucks. And then you die." ~Jacob (Twilight)

Wow! This is a really inspiring poem. I really love how you set up the story almost as a narrative. It is kind of a genius piece. I would like to see a lot more work from you, so keep it up!! Thank you for sharing your work!


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