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Let It Vanish

May 25, 2009
By jennee21_ann GOLD, Helper, Utah
jennee21_ann GOLD, Helper, Utah
17 articles 0 photos 568 comments

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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This article has 63 comments.

amyxu said...
on Aug. 14 2009 at 12:51 am
This is an interesting poem with a unique look at school and saying goodbye. This is just an idea, but if you changed the 9th grader in the beginning of the poem to a senior, it might be more emotional and more powerful. But it's a nice piece the way it is, too.

on Aug. 10 2009 at 9:59 pm
Hay_Wire PLATINUM, Independence, Missouri
42 articles 0 photos 219 comments
great poem :) liked it

on Aug. 10 2009 at 3:25 am
MoreThanYouKnow PLATINUM, Camarillo, California
20 articles 0 photos 14 comments
hmm i try to hold onto things a lot and i think i do need to let go of some.....its tiring trying to remember every second of those special times

on Aug. 9 2009 at 2:27 pm
pinksage33 BRONZE, Woodstock, New York
4 articles 1 photo 211 comments
AMAZING!!! I can totally get where your coming from. I have a huge problem with holding on to the past and it almost ruined me!!!

on Aug. 8 2009 at 7:39 pm
followmetonarnia BRONZE, Loxahatchee, Florida
1 article 9 photos 4 comments

Favorite Quote:
People will love you or hate you for being different, but who's to say which way it will go. ~Shug

wow that was rly good! i can totally relate to it. :)

on Aug. 8 2009 at 3:50 am
xXFadedFlowerXx GOLD, Roy, Utah
12 articles 0 photos 53 comments
Very nicely done. great poem :) thanks for the comment on my poem by the way :)

on Aug. 8 2009 at 2:11 am
MorningStar15 DIAMOND, Orange, Vermont
71 articles 2 photos 179 comments
i loved it it was uber good and sooooooooo true. <3, Kayla

on Aug. 8 2009 at 2:03 am
Chibbie1 PLATINUM, Atlanta, Georgia
38 articles 8 photos 181 comments

Favorite Quote:
Reach for the the moon for if you fail you land amongst the stars :)

wow this is really great.i can relate since i got out of the 8th grade. so much feeling and understanding to how it is on the last day of school.oh and thanks for them comments and please comment more !

Lindsey_O GOLD said...
on Aug. 7 2009 at 10:55 pm
Lindsey_O GOLD, Marshfield, Massachusetts
11 articles 0 photos 180 comments

Favorite Quote:
Words slide off the lead,
creating permanent marks;
writer's secret code.
~Lindsey O'Connell

wow... that was amazing! i can relate to this, even though i just got out of 7th grade. thsi poem really describes how a lot of people feel on their last day of school!

p.s. thanks so much for reading my poem! i'm glad you liked it :]

on Aug. 7 2009 at 8:25 pm
FreakyEyed DIAMOND, Juneau, Alaska
53 articles 29 photos 111 comments

Favorite Quote:
"This, too, will pass."

Kudos to you, once again! Your art is beautiful!!!

This piece is so frank; so honest... I believe that the reason your writing is so great is because of the truth in it... peaople can really relate--- it is REAL.

Congratulations: five stars yet again.


on Aug. 7 2009 at 7:58 pm
alayapoetgirl BRONZE, St. Louis, Missouri
4 articles 0 photos 92 comments

Favorite Quote:
Life is hard; but it's harder if you're stupid. -John Wayne

I like it a lot. Thanks for commenting on my poem

tor10jax GOLD said...
on Aug. 7 2009 at 4:41 pm
tor10jax GOLD, Livingston, New Jersey
10 articles 0 photos 143 comments
You are an amazing poet. Please write more!

on Aug. 7 2009 at 3:19 pm
tigeress3 PLATINUM, Dayton, Ohio
35 articles 0 photos 78 comments
I love it! Your flow was impeccable and your word choice was wonderful. You have talent. EMBRACE IT!

Joanna said...
on Aug. 7 2009 at 4:06 am
Joanna, St. Catharines, Other
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Thank-you for commenting on my poem. I'm glad you liked it. I think everyone can relate to what you've written. Everyone's probably tried to spew it out somehow too -- I know I have. I could never manage to state it as clearly as you have here though. I commend you on that. It's a really good poem. Normally, I'd say that it needs some more structure, but I think just kind of spilling it all out onto the paper works for this. Yeah, I'll stop commenting now. Nicely done.

on Aug. 7 2009 at 3:30 am
RheaD.Ravenfinger BRONZE, Juneau, Alaska
4 articles 0 photos 94 comments

Favorite Quote:
1 Corinthians 13:4-8

I really like your poem, truely and honestly. I can relate to the poem except I didn't have a locker. But anyway, yea, when you are down, your locker somtimes is your best friend. I love the poem. Very, very well written.

SaraB. GOLD said...
on Aug. 6 2009 at 11:48 pm
SaraB. GOLD, Phoenix, Arizona
12 articles 6 photos 215 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Whatever you are, be a good one" Abraham Lincoln

... wow, very powerful. Your poem just made me realize that I've been doing the same thing all summer. Last year was probably the best and worst year ever, but I don't think anything can top the best part. There hasn't been one day since school got out that I haven't thought of it, and school starts again in 4 days.

on Aug. 6 2009 at 9:02 pm
vickilovesu0227 SILVER, Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
9 articles 0 photos 16 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Love is giving someone the power to break your heart, but trusting them not to."

That poem was awesome and I can totally relate to it!

DIPTI said...
on Aug. 6 2009 at 5:45 am
wow grt poem and thanks for giving comments on my poem.

on Aug. 5 2009 at 9:29 pm
bookhugger14 SILVER, Delta, Ohio
7 articles 1 photo 32 comments
very good poem! i loved it and i deff understand what you r trying to get across! grrreat! :)

on Aug. 5 2009 at 7:46 pm
KaylaMariebabie SILVER, Marshalltown, Iowa
5 articles 2 photos 9 comments
totally true, most times things seem great at the time, or seem horrible then when you look back its totally opposite ;) great work