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Let It Vanish

May 25, 2009
By jennee21_ann GOLD, Helper, Utah
jennee21_ann GOLD, Helper, Utah
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Favorite Quote:
"Don't gain the world and lose your soul....wisdom is better than silver or gold."

"You can always close a book, but you can never close the mind of a writer."

When May comes around and the year is coming to an end
the 9th graders become sentimental, trying to hold on.
They run their fingers up and down the lockers
and make last memories.

But some of them are foolish trying to keep the
things implanted in their mind. The things you love
will stay on their own...you cant force a memory to stay.

When you spin away the combination and
close your locker for the last time, you have the last
moment to take it all in…to smell the halls, to remember
the ringing of the bell. To see the person next to you.

You have the chance to walk through the school and
say "I remember this time" or look at all the different
classes and doors. You can hug your teachers goodbye
and leave your friends behind.

You can try and try to hang on to everything about that year.
But you really can't. Too much precious time, too many regrets,
do you really want that forever? Do you need that
reminder of that failed test…of that rejection…
of that heartbreak? Do you really want to keep all of this…?

Find the courage to say goodbye to that best friend. Take
the chance of forgetting that moment of laughter. Hold on
to things you can't live without, but let go of what needs to

The author's comments:
I once made the mistake of trying to hold on to a special year. In the end, I only became sick when I though of it. Sometimes the easiest and safest thing to do is to let go of things. A special thing will always stay in your memory, but there are always things that need to "vanish".

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on Oct. 5 2009 at 6:15 pm
Hugs-N-Kisses GOLD, Alta Vista, Kansas
12 articles 0 photos 10 comments
the idea is good, but there really isnt a rhythm to it, no beat...keep writing, you are you worst critic.

on Oct. 4 2009 at 10:40 am
icguf615 BRONZE, Mission Viejo, California
4 articles 0 photos 35 comments
i likethe concept, but i agree with Fangz, i think u should maybe try to revamp it a little adn add more poetic devices. but the concept is really interesting

Fangz PLATINUM said...
on Sep. 9 2009 at 12:48 pm
Fangz PLATINUM, Ware, Massachusetts
37 articles 15 photos 107 comments

Favorite Quote:
In necessariis unitas, in dubiis libertas, in omnibus caritas.

Its a nice sentiment, and decently written, but its not really a poem, its a monologue.

on Sep. 7 2009 at 2:24 pm
MariaMarie DIAMOND, Washington Court House, Ohio
70 articles 0 photos 181 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Life's a mountain on a beach"-Unknown
"Will: This is either madness or brilliance. Sparrow: It's remarkable how often those two traits coincide."-Pirates of the Caribbean:Curse of the Black Pearl.

This is really awesome, i'm one of the people who have a hard time with change and letting things go. Your right, after a while it can become too much.

Jaquie BRONZE said...
on Sep. 6 2009 at 5:16 pm
Jaquie BRONZE, West Palm Beach, Florida
3 articles 0 photos 407 comments

Favorite Quote:
This is certainly one of my favorites: "I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes." -2 Samuel 6:22

Wow. This was beautifully written and dreadfully sad. But I must admit you are write. Keep it up.

God bless,


LilJ<3 GOLD said...
on Sep. 5 2009 at 9:27 pm
LilJ<3 GOLD, Gloucester, Virginia
11 articles 2 photos 60 comments
This poem express what a lot of people feel at the end of a school year. But also in bigger situations in life. I enjoyed reading this. Thank you for commenting on my poem as well. :). You are a great writter and i hope you share you writting with the world so they see how talented you really are.

Good Luck in everything that you do,


cree8ive GOLD said...
on Sep. 4 2009 at 5:20 pm
cree8ive GOLD, Billings, Montana
16 articles 1 photo 35 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure." Mariane Williamson

thank you for commenting on my poem, "Head over Heels". let me begin by saying i really love the content of your poem, it's a great message. i don't really agree with the way you set up your stanzas... it's almost like you wrote in prose and then put each sentence on it's own line. i think you need to develope more of a rythym and that will make it more "poemy". but it's your poem, and if you want to keep the style the same, feel free to. again, i really like what the poem is about.

on Aug. 26 2009 at 7:59 pm
PinkPrincess GOLD, Wellington, Florida
17 articles 0 photos 27 comments

Favorite Quote:
I think therefore I am

wow. wow, wow, wow, wow, wow, i mean this is so true you are totally right about things needing to just vanish. this is such a great poem! keep writing, i love it

on Aug. 25 2009 at 10:31 pm
Bookwormwriter SILVER, Centerville, Ohio
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Again, i love it! so realistic, and i absolutley love your style of writing!

Keep writing

on Aug. 24 2009 at 10:39 pm
forever_misguided GOLD, Chicago, Illinois
15 articles 0 photos 7 comments
Wow. this is so hard to read because everyone goes through with this. i recently did. i love how you can make me think so much afterwards. you're a great writer... keep it going. [and thanks for your feed back on my poem]

on Aug. 24 2009 at 7:47 pm
Laura Hahn BRONZE, Colchester, Connecticut
1 article 0 photos 1 comment
Great poem! Completely true! I loved the emotion you put into it! Thanks so much for commenting on my Holocaust poem!

on Aug. 23 2009 at 11:12 pm
CreativeEmptiness SILVER, East Boston, Massachusetts
5 articles 0 photos 3 comments

Favorite Quote:
You Live To Die..

This is so nice. I like the message that u wrote about. This teached me 2 let go of the hurtful things thatz happen to me

on Aug. 22 2009 at 12:28 am
Jessievangee GOLD, Burlington, Massachusetts
10 articles 8 photos 5 comments
This is great! I love the whole idea of having to let things go.

on Aug. 21 2009 at 3:53 am
kristent BRONZE, Culdesac, Idaho
1 article 0 photos 3 comments
i really like this one. you have a very individual style and you put some of yourself in your writing. not many people can do that so great job!

on Aug. 18 2009 at 7:01 pm
Sydney(: BRONZE, N/a, New Hampshire
4 articles 0 photos 47 comments
I Love this(: it completely sums up how i feel about leaving behind the best years of my lifee(:

on Aug. 18 2009 at 12:08 am
YeseniaG SILVER, Livonia, Michigan
7 articles 1 photo 122 comments

Favorite Quote:
Life is what happens when you're busy making plans.

This was great! It really does wrap up the way teenagers can feel at the end of a school year and you have a great way of expressing yourself.

Lostinbooks said...
on Aug. 17 2009 at 12:30 am
Lostinbooks, Arcadia, California
0 articles 0 photos 63 comments
It's good! It captures the end of the school year perfectly... Nice blend of sensory details and ideas with strong feelings...

on Aug. 16 2009 at 11:33 pm
Electricity PLATINUM, Bradenton, Florida
30 articles 0 photos 271 comments
Very nice. It's true that people are nostalgic and hold on to things that they should forget. Great poem!

on Aug. 14 2009 at 6:00 pm
KDtheGhostwriter GOLD, Jefferson City, Missouri
18 articles 0 photos 31 comments

Favorite Quote:
"You are not special; And I am no hero."

Excellent work. I will say this about letting things go. I once had to say goodbye to my two best friends in the world. Three to four years later, we found each other and it's likely that we won't lose touch again. They say that if you love something, let it go and if it comes back...well, you probably know the rest. All very good points. There's no need to get sentimental about leaving school, or childhood behind. These are far from the "best years" of our lives in contrary to what your elders may think. I have reason to believe that things can only get better and brighter as we go through life. Thank you for your comments on my piece, and thank you again for writing this. Great work!

mandygale77 said...
on Aug. 14 2009 at 3:23 pm
The formatting is very unique, this is one of the more wordy poems I've read. I love the idea and your wording! I do have to say that it would be better not to put a specific grade at the beginning, because this could work for any, really. This is a really good poem!