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Letter to Individuality MAG

October 15, 2008
By EmilytheAuthor DIAMOND, St. Francisville, Louisiana
EmilytheAuthor DIAMOND, St. Francisville, Louisiana
55 articles 20 photos 10 comments

Favorite Quote:
Be who you are and say what you feel because those that mind don't matter, and those that matter don't mind. -dr. seuss

Individuality, dearest one,

What has become of you?
You are a flower so rare in this “modern” world.
Pray tell, were you hiding from the world again,
With Chivalry and Dignity, your secret friends?

It’s sad, the world without you.
Did you hear Hope is lost,
And Purity was taken?
What has happened to Forgiveness, you ask?
You’d best not know.
Chaos bullies Innocence,
And Sin rules supreme.

And poor Love and Romance,
The sisters are no more.
My dearest neighbors went away,
And Lust has moved next door.

And Imagination
Was run over by the band wagon.
And Faith, her fate worse than death –
The world believes her irrelevant.

Please, before more are taken,
Save the world, for it is shaken,
Teach us to think for ourselves,
So the Virtues may return.

Always yours,

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KatsK DIAMOND said...
on Apr. 29 2012 at 12:30 pm
KatsK DIAMOND, Saint Paul, Minnesota
57 articles 0 photos 301 comments

Favorite Quote:
Being inexhaustible, life and nature are a constant stimulus for a creative mind.
~Hans Hofmann
You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.
~Ray Bradbury

I really like this. The personification was cool and it was an interesting subject. I also liked the form, as if it was a journal entry or something of the sort.

on Jan. 9 2012 at 12:09 pm
MattieMuu SILVER, Bethesda, Maryland
5 articles 0 photos 1 comment
No. Just, no. I'm so tired of everyone tlaking about how different they are from everyone else. You realize everyone says this kind of thing right? Grow up and stop whining. Show us how you're different. Show people how you're special instead of insulting those you think aren't.

on Oct. 21 2011 at 8:39 pm
taylor.nichole SILVER, Bakersfield, California
9 articles 0 photos 14 comments

Favorite Quote:
I restore myself when I'm alone -Maralin Monroe
iv'e always been misrepresented. You know, I could dress in a clown costume and laugh with the happy people but they'd still say i'm a dark personality. - Tim Burton

i love it! youre realy talented:)

on Aug. 31 2011 at 9:21 am
inkblot13 PLATINUM, Auburn, New York
41 articles 1 photo 160 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If I knew where poems came from, I'd go there"

- Michael Langley, 'Staying Alive'

awesome job! I've been reading a lot of your stuff, and this has got to be my favorite so far. :D It flowed really well and I liked how you personified each virtue.

(PS- Do you think you can check out some of my stuff??)

on Aug. 8 2011 at 7:40 pm
EnigmaticBeing PLATINUM, Santa Barbara, California
22 articles 0 photos 51 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Be careful what you set your heart upon - for it will surely be yours.'
James A. Baldwin

I like that you turned the words into characters. As if they each were human. Words are human in a way though. They all have something -whether it be meaningful or obsolete- to say.

on Jun. 22 2011 at 12:25 am
SecretFlame PLATINUM, Portland, Oregon
20 articles 1 photo 373 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I have a life. I just choose to ignore it."
-one of my friends

Oh this is great! It's hilarious and yet sad. I loved it! The way everything flowed and rhymed, was AMAZING! I love the very idea! Great job! I totally agree with that this is the best poem I've read yet on this site!

on Apr. 6 2011 at 8:58 pm
maybeoneday SILVER, Euless, Texas
6 articles 0 photos 3 comments

Favorite Quote:
No one can hurt me without my permission.


By far the best poem i've read.

TheJust ELITE said...
on Jan. 23 2011 at 7:33 pm
TheJust ELITE, Ellenton, Florida
254 articles 202 photos 945 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I feel that a hero is somebody who will stand up for their values and what they believe in and that can take any form. People that have values and have thought them through rather than those who just do what they’re told."-Skandar Keynes

"When it’

This is my favorite poem I've ever read in Teen Ink (tied with Chaos Theory and Hey Boy I wanna Breathe)! I can't believe I found it here on the website!! Amazing!!

on Jan. 1 2011 at 3:11 pm
OriginalCarbonation GOLD, Naperville, Illinois
11 articles 0 photos 102 comments

Favorite Quote:
dream as if you'll live forever
live as if you'll die tomorrow

i really like this!! i like the personification, and the way you describe the fate of all of the virtues once held sacred. my favorite part is the stanza about purity and forgiveness and such. its just so perfectly explained. the only two things that seem out of place are the part with modern in quotes, that just seems odd, like it could be phrased better. and the second one is individuality... i like the premise, but how does that have to do with the virtues? maybe im was just missing it.

but either way this is an exceptionally writen poem. ill be looking for your books of poetry in stores in a few years ;)

Swim Nut said...
on Nov. 16 2010 at 9:17 pm
I LOVE THIS POEM!  It's so different.  Our class got an issue of Teen Ink, and we had a disscusion on this poem! Keep up the good work.

on Oct. 18 2010 at 10:03 am
Dessometrics BRONZE, Charleston, South Carolina
4 articles 0 photos 43 comments

Favorite Quote:
currently seeking

beautiful work

on Sep. 24 2010 at 1:52 pm
haventy0uheard PLATINUM, Kings Park, New York
28 articles 0 photos 186 comments
i love this. write on.

Phoenixx GOLD said...
on Sep. 11 2010 at 11:37 pm
Phoenixx GOLD, Toronto, Other
17 articles 0 photos 184 comments
interesting and unique, what made you think of this?

on Jul. 30 2010 at 8:17 pm
Annika-Katryn SILVER, Fredericksburg, Virginia
6 articles 0 photos 14 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Thou art my life, my love, my heart,
The very eyes of me:
And hast command of every part
To live and die for thee."
-Robert Herrick

know that you are not alone, and your words speak for millions. thankyou for this.

on Jun. 16 2010 at 9:31 pm
Egyptiangirl13 GOLD, Kansas City, Missouri
14 articles 0 photos 498 comments

Favorite Quote:
\"either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. -Benjamin Franklin

\"If columbus would have turned back, no one would have blamed him. No one would have remembered him either.\"

\"If music be the food of love, play on.\"

wow what an interesting way to puit this strong statment-awesome job-beautiful!! please check out some of my work if you get the chance!!!

on Jun. 13 2010 at 11:57 pm
SarahJumps SILVER, Richmond, Virginia
5 articles 0 photos 64 comments

Favorite Quote:
Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
-Eleanor Roosevelt

I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity. -E.R

amazing. wonderfully said.

on Mar. 28 2010 at 10:52 pm
Taylor-pop SILVER, Mole Creek, Other
5 articles 0 photos 23 comments

Favorite Quote:
Real friends are like diamonds true and rare.
Fake friends are like autumn leaves found everywhere.

Your writting is so amazingly beautiful and real and it makes me think of my friends and i love it! x keep this up.

on Mar. 28 2010 at 2:09 pm
SarClark BRONZE, NC, Connecticut
2 articles 0 photos 534 comments

Wow! 2 mags!


on Jan. 20 2010 at 4:07 pm
storyofmylife PLATINUM, Mt. Olive, Alabama
27 articles 0 photos 38 comments

Favorite Quote:
If life gives you lemons. Paint them green and pretend they're limes.

wow. this was wonderful. it completely described how messed up our society is. i need to post some new stuff on here. but anyways i enjoy readin yours ;>

on Jan. 14 2010 at 8:13 pm
Hope_Princess BRONZE, Hebron, New Hampshire
4 articles 4 photos 376 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible."

this is THE best poem I have every read...I love it beyond comprehension and it's got the unspeakable truth which doubles my love for it.