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Ode to the Author

October 9, 2013
By GreyGirl ELITE, Pohang,Kyungbuk, Other
GreyGirl ELITE, Pohang,Kyungbuk, Other
170 articles 122 photos 391 comments

You taught me lessons through other’s mouths,
Until I was dazzled by your brilliance,
Even though half the time I forgot you
Were there in the background,
Quietly twisting words into maps,
Until I lost myself completely,
Happily, surrendering myself to
Your stories, swirling through
History and fantasy
Gasping for breath
And treasuring the first time
I read my favorite passage
Almost twice as much as the
Hundredth time I re-read it.
You were there for me when no one else was
Late at night, in the hospital,
I kept you under my pillow.
Later, I kept your frozen words close to me
As if your characters could be my friends.
Now I want to be like you
(not that I could ever be as good)
I want to write until I disappear
Into the world I create, leaving
Traces of wisdom and friendship
For other lost souls to find.
If I can make one single person
feel the way you made me feel
Than I will be the happiest person in the world.

The author's comments:
This is for all my favorite authors (including everyone on Teenink) I wish I could tell everyone personally how much they have changed my life.

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This article has 4 comments.

GreyGirl ELITE said...
on Oct. 15 2013 at 8:19 pm
GreyGirl ELITE, Pohang,Kyungbuk, Other
170 articles 122 photos 391 comments
Thanks. It wasn't by any stretch of the imagination by best poem, but it was heartfelt. Glad you could relate :)

Mckay ELITE said...
on Oct. 15 2013 at 5:32 pm
Mckay ELITE, Somewhere, Virginia
146 articles 0 photos 2230 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do."
—Apple’s “Think Different” commercial, 1997
“Crazy people are considered mad by the rest of the society only because their intelligence isn't understood.”
― Weihui Zhou

To get done with the criticism, Targon pointed it out, so off now to praise! I wish I was able to tell this to all of my favorite authors as well, even though they're many many many. To just tell them, "Thank you for writing." It would be a dream come true. Well done with this poem. It feels genuine and I know many readers as well as writers would love to tell their favorite writers the same. 

GreyGirl ELITE said...
on Oct. 14 2013 at 6:31 pm
GreyGirl ELITE, Pohang,Kyungbuk, Other
170 articles 122 photos 391 comments
Thanks for finding the error. I appreciate it. I agree it would be wonderful if I could thank all my favorite authors. Thanks for reading..have a nice day :)

on Oct. 14 2013 at 10:24 am
TargonTheDragon GOLD, Ofallon, Missouri
15 articles 16 photos 292 comments

Favorite Quote:
First dentistry was painless.
Then bicycles were chainless,
Carriages were horseless,
And many laws enforceless.

Next cookery was fireless,
Telegraphy was wireless,
Cigars were nicotineless,
And coffee caffeineless.

Soon oranges were seedless,
The putting green was weedless,
The college boy was hatless,
The proper diet fatless.

New motor roads are dustless,
The latest steel is rustless,
Our tennis courts are sodless,
Our new religion — godless.

you know, i kinda wish i could write a thank you to all my favorite authors as well, but i am pretty sure that i would leave too many out. a good poem, to be sure. there is a small error though, the last line should be "then i will be the happiest person in the world."