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I May Not Be a Poet

May 15, 2010
By Imaginedangerous PLATINUM, Riverton, Utah
Imaginedangerous PLATINUM, Riverton, Utah
31 articles 0 photos 402 comments

I may not be an athlete
But that won't stop me from playing
Even if I can't score the winning goal
I refuse to sit on the sidelines.
I love the thrill of the chase.

I may not be a chef
But that won't stop me from cooking
Even if it burns and curdles
I refuse to live off a microwave.
I love to eat my own food.

I may not be a linguist
But that won't stop me from learning
Even if I speak broken Espanol
I refuse to resort to Spanglish.
I love the ability to comprehend.

I may not be a pilot
But that won't stop me from trying
Even if I end up dreaming forever
I refuse to be told it's hopeless.
I love the imaginary flight.

I may not be a star
But that won't stop me from acting
Even if I'm dreadful and forget my lines
I refuse to restrict myself to the audience.
I love the feeling of someone else.

I may not be a butterfly
But that won't stop me from talking
Even if I have trouble making friends easily
I refuse to have my social life be dictated.
I love the freedom of friends.

I may not be a composer
But that won't stop me from humming
Even if I can't really play
I refuse to do only others' music.
I love the rhythms and notes.

I may not be the hero
But that won't stop me from standing
Even if my stomach trembles and I'm afraid
I refuse to discard my beliefs.
I love when I can be brave.

I may not be a poet
But that won't stop me from writing
Even if I sound stiff or childish
I refuse to stick with fiction.
I love to know what I think.

I may not be the greatest
But that won't stop me from doing
Even if I'm completely awful
I refuse to give up because of it.
I love to move for fun.

The author's comments:
I finally figured out why I write poetry even if I do better in other areas of writing. I was so happy at the discovery, I had (of course) to write a poem. :)

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on Jan. 22 2012 at 8:24 pm
__horizon133 PLATINUM, Portage, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
"laugh, and the world laughs with you. laugh hysterically, and for no apparent reason, and they will leave you alone." anonymous

There's this kid at my school who has a certain swagger when he walks--he's flamboyantly gey, is in every school play, and i know when i look at him that he will be one of my generation's icons, if he isn't killed in a hate crime. you have the same swagger in your writing. you have the confidence in yourself to be who you are. this is rare. Don't disappear anywhere--and for the last time, get published.

on Jul. 27 2011 at 6:11 pm
yousaypotato... SILVER, Peacedale, Rhode Island
9 articles 1 photo 42 comments

Favorite Quote:
"A good friend will bail you out of jail. But a best friend will be sitting right there with you saying 'Dang, we really screwed up this time.'"

you are so definitely a poet though!! :)

on Oct. 26 2010 at 2:15 pm
I love it! This poem is one I'll think back to every day of my life

on Aug. 22 2010 at 10:12 pm
HeatherBee BRONZE, I Live In, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
Go on and try to tear me down. I will be rising from the ground, like a skyscraper

Love is louder than the pressure to be perfect

dude, i freakin loved this!!!! it was wonderfully well-written n the natural pattern within flowed so nicely ^^ awesome job!!!

on Jun. 17 2010 at 8:15 pm
ShenelleCrystal SILVER, M, New York
7 articles 0 photos 186 comments

Favorite Quote:
Laugh your heart out dance in the rain cherish the memories ignore the pain love + learn forget and forgive because remember you only have [one life to live] ♥

That was really good ! Please come and check my poems :) Thanks .

on Jun. 17 2010 at 7:27 pm
Sileron-evol PLATINUM, Providence, Rhode Island
44 articles 0 photos 98 comments

Favorite Quote:
"we are captives of our own identities, living in prisons of our own creation"

Loved ihhhttt


on Jun. 17 2010 at 6:19 pm
IamtheshyStargirl PLATINUM, Lothlorien, Utah
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Favorite Quote:
Boredom instigates extreme creativity.

"Bowing gratefully to all of my subjects, 'thank you. Thank you. The pleasure is mine." Nah, I'm just kidding. We're all kings together.'"

This. Is. Beautiful!!!! You are a poet. Don't let yourself tell you any different.

on Jun. 17 2010 at 1:16 pm
Britney15 BRONZE, Attleboro, Massachusetts
2 articles 0 photos 59 comments
I love when people write poetry that others can relate too. I love writing poetry, but i don't think im that good. Your poem makes me want to write even when i feel like i can't.

on Jun. 17 2010 at 9:04 am
ShadesOfPale SILVER, Williamsburg, Kentucky
6 articles 0 photos 6 comments

Favorite Quote:
Don't go a day being with someone that you CAN live without.

I absolutely loved this poem...It's like saying that almost anyone won't be the best, but they can still be the best for themself.. They can be proud of themselves with whatever they do...I really enjoyed reading this!

on Jun. 16 2010 at 2:36 pm
ThatClarinetPerson SILVER, Tequesta, Florida
8 articles 0 photos 226 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Life. Don't talk to me about life."
~Marvin the Paranoid Android (from the Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy series)
Statistical analysis suggests that i am probably in tune with someone
(hahahahaha! I love this cause i'm never ever ever in tune >o


on Jun. 16 2010 at 2:09 pm
forgottenpenname GOLD, Troy, Michigan
12 articles 0 photos 147 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Carpe diem."

This is amazing! I love the message of it... I really hope you make the mag. :)

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on Jun. 16 2010 at 1:08 pm
blippi SILVER, Two Rivers, Wisconsin
7 articles 0 photos 12 comments

Favorite Quote:
"the words the happy say are but paltry melody, but those the silent feel are beautiful"-Emily Dickinson

I love the message of this poem! so many people give up on what they love to do because they can't be the "best" at it and thats such a shame. I suck at most things including writing poetrybut that doesn't stop me!lol Its nice to have found a kindred spirit!

on Jun. 16 2010 at 12:08 pm
BleedingRose PLATINUM, Frederic, Wisconsin
33 articles 1 photo 378 comments

Favorite Quote:
*The darkness holds infinite possibilities.


Amazing, I so absolutely love and feel this poem!  One of my fave lines is the hero one.  :D  Wonderful job.  Would you mind commenting on some of my work?  ;)  Keep writing!


on Jun. 16 2010 at 11:25 am
thezebrasgray PLATINUM, Taylorsville, Utah
46 articles 0 photos 231 comments
This is really awesome!  I hope more people read this and write comments on it, because i think it would be awesome to have in the magazine!  (I live in the same area as you!:)

on Jun. 16 2010 at 8:22 am
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!!! this is just amazing!!! truely inspirational!!!! i love it!!!! please check out some of my work!!!!

on Jun. 16 2010 at 12:36 am
Clementine SILVER, Gustavus, Alaska
5 articles 2 photos 46 comments

I may not be an expert

But that won't stop me from commenting

Even if I don't really know what I'm talking about

I refuse to not appreciate this great work

I love to make others feel good.

(this is amazing! One of my favorite poems ever!)

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on Jun. 15 2010 at 8:13 pm
_AMZ_ BRONZE, Hemet, California
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Favorite Quote:
"life is like a box of chocolates...you never know what you're going to get"


on Jun. 15 2010 at 7:27 pm
thedifferentloser BRONZE, Yonkers, New York
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on Jun. 15 2010 at 3:19 pm
Rae_Flies_with_Byrds GOLD, Avondale, Arizona
10 articles 0 photos 16 comments

Favorite Quote:
Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.
-Edgar Allan Poe

Wow.  I like it alot, and can relate in so many of the areas.  I might have to quote you: "I may not be a poet, but that won't stop me from writing."  Amazing line, and one that will remain in my mind.  Keep writing, because I know you will, ♥Rae