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Ah, adolescent angst... by MMMmmm... on 4 December 2008 9:25pm
 
Isn't it romantic?
Here are two poems I wrote when I was younger:

At 12:

Like styrofoam shapes
They float through the maze
One after another
Following each other's every move
They are blind as their feet

I removed the darker one.

Reflections...

So happy to be a free adult now!
 
Re: Ah, adolescent angst... by kazzzz on 4 December 2008 9:44pm
 
Oh yeah styrofoam. Blind feet. Yeah baby.
 
Re: Ah, adolescent angst... by mrsteabag on 4 December 2008 9:46pm
 
:)...I've taught creative writing to adolescents through a local park district. And gone on to live a perfectly normal life.
One of my students wrote a rather dark, gothic-toned story. She asked why her regular literature teacher freaked out. We had a talk about a little incident called Columbine, and that cleared it up for her. :)
 
Re: Ah, adolescent angst... by MMMmmm... on 4 December 2008 11:19pm
 
The first one actually reminds me now of the Bush Administration :)

I was almost a psych major - but liked how English Lit. incorporated many disciplines - history, psychology, science, art, etc. - 'the most liberal of the liberal arts,' as they say.

But I started reading non-fiction psychology books in 4th grade - it's always fascinated me, darling.

 
Re: Ah, adolescent angst... by mrsthing on 8 December 2008 1:59pm
 
Broken Eternity

A wave
rolls toward
a rocky shore
breaking
washing away

A mirror
reflecting a wave
shatters
image vanishing
a cloud of shards

A fossil
nautilus
locked in stone
crushed by a careless tread
scattered, nameless fragments
by a rising sea

A wing
broken
feathers tattered
crying to soar
longing to fly again

A wave
breaks
water rushes
washes away
fossil, mirror, wing
broken eternity

***************************

My daughter wrote this when she was 11, and was still grieving the death of her first pet parakeet (we've lost two). I was totally blown away. I'm no judge of poetry, but I know this isn't the usual drivel you get from pre-teen girls.
 
Re: Ah, adolescent angst... by MMMmmm... on 8 December 2008 3:21pm
 
Wow - that is really beautiful mrs thing. Did she have an interest in poetry? It sounds like she had studied it - or been well-taught at school. But she's also innately, greatly gifted as well. Do you all live near/on the coast in Connecticut?
 
Re: Ah, adolescent angst... by johnnythemonkey on 8 December 2008 3:28pm
 
I thought it was excellent even before I read it was written by an eleven year old girl. She's talented and obviously clever.
 
Re: Ah, adolescent angst... by mrsthing on 8 December 2008 3:40pm
 
She loves to read, and reads anything she can get her hands on. She started writing free-style poetry like this when she was 9 or 10. She hadn't had any particular training in poetry writing when she wrote this, but my husband has given her some since then (he's got an English PhD; did his dissertation on Wordsworth). They both very much love the mathematical aspects of poetry, e.g., rhyme patterns and word rhythms. My husband also loves the artistic aspects (here's where my knowledge starts to fall apart), like painting images with words and sounds.
 
Re: Ah, adolescent angst... by MMMmmm... on 8 December 2008 3:42pm
 
Ah, apple and tree... :)
 
Re: Ah, adolescent angst... by MMMmmm... on 8 December 2008 3:47pm
 
edited - posted twice?

Children do learn a lot from their parents (and genes).
 
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