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To Fly

May 12, 2011
By Alyssalicious BRONZE, Whittier, California
Alyssalicious BRONZE, Whittier, California
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Favorite Quote:
"Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are one."
~JK Rowling

As I sit down and write this I wish I could fly.
To not be restrained; it's freedom I need.
To spread my wings and pass the clouds by.
My spirit isn't restrained--it yearns to be freed.

Soaring and swooping, diving and banking--
All of these options are open to me
As I spread my wings it's God I'm thanking
For allowing me to grow, to change, to be who I want to be.

Puffy clouds all around me in sunny So Cal, billowing and white
Basking in the sunlight, the breeze whispering by; there’s not a trouble on my mind.
I'm optimistic that everything seems all right;
I'll be flying high as long as the sun has shined.

Spreading my arms wide open and grabbing the air
I can do what I want and achieve what I dream
As long as I dare to dream and dream to dare
I will be me and not part of the mainstream.

Senior year is nearing, saying I want to grow up is a myth.
Big choices stare me in the face, the temptations are there
Soon on my own, no mom to help me, no father to laugh with
But I will be free, I will be me, I’ll keep my values, I swear.

Independence desired, gotta keep my head together with all the deadlines racing around
My dreams may be crazy but I stand by them till I die
Life is random and crazy—sometimes I’m so stressed I feel like I’ve drowned
But everything passes, good and bad. I know I’ll get through it—I will fly.

The author's comments:
Senior year is nearing and so many choices will be made during this pivotal year. I grapple with many conflicts and trying to find myself, but sometimes I turn to poetry when I am especially confused or need to get thoughts out of my head so I can truly think about them without distraction. My AP English Language class has inspired me to express myself freely with all of the tools of the English language open to me, and so I entered the world of poetry. When I write, I learn more about myself that I never knew before. While dealing with choosing colleges, majors, plans for summer, I wrote this poem to help me understand my confusion and indecision, and it worked!

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