"Song writing is about getting the demon out of me. It's like being possessed. You try to go to sleep, but the song won't let you. So you have to get up and make it into something, and then you're allowed to sleep. It's always in the middle of the night, or you're half-awake or tired, when your critical faculties are switched off. So letting go is what the whole game is. Every time you try to put your finger on it, it slips away. You turn on the lights and the cockroaches run away. You can never grasp them."
- John Lennon
I'm only 16 but have lived in several states and been to several countries. I've moved more than some due to my father's job. My life (and everyone else's I know of) is full of positive and negative experiences. These experiences inspire poems and songs. Something I say a lot is "life is better with background music". Sometimes I think of my life like a movie, and movies…are better with music (fact). Some of my work here I consider background music for the movie of my life. It’s the theme of my life. My main view on life is it’s hard, but it’s sweet. I’ve written during highs and lows of my life, and you’ll see some of the work here from extreme lows in this journey. In some of my writing I may sound slightly depressed, but I wound like to assure everyone I am not:)
Although many people have been quoted to having said similar things to "I write to find out what I'm thinking about," I'll give Edward Albee the credit this time. This is so true for me. It's funny: when I read my poems, I don't normally think of them as my own work. I get so caught up in reading them, I forget I wrote them. I've often caught myself lost in my own poem thinking something like, “That's exactly how I feel.” When I write it's like someone wanders around in my head and pulls out feelings and words. I've actually started crying while writing a song or poem before and not really been sure why. I guess the feelings writing pulls out of me are just so strong, I have to do something.
Most of my work you'll see here are Shakespearean sonnets. I was introduced to these my freshman year of high school, and happened to fall in love with them. They provide structure, while still allowing me freedom to write what I wish. To quickly fill in anyone curious: Shakespearean sonnets have 14 lines, and their rhyming scheme follows an “a,b,a,b,c,d,c,d,e,f,e,f,g,g” pattern (where line “a” rhymes with line “a”, line “b” rhymes with line “b”, etc.). They also have 10 syllables per line, using iambic pentameter, where every other syllable is stressed, starting with an unstressed syllable. This all sounds a lot more confusing than it is, but either way, feel free to simply read them as normal poetry, completely ignoring the bogus rules:)
A few years ago I began an extreme obsession over actor Kiefer Sutherland. You can probably pick out which poems are about him, and I also made some pictures of him in Photoshop, which you can view on Photobucket by using the link I posted. It was big, it was strong, it was real, and, although I kinda wish it were, it's not over.
Some of my writing may make sense to you, but I’m guessing much of it won’t (especially for the majority of my readers, who don’t know me). You may still be able to enjoy it, but feel free to contact me asking what I’m talking about, for a more in-depth explanation of my writing, to leave a comment, or to simply say/ask anything at all. I should tell you right now, however, that I may not go extremely in-depth on certain sensitive subjects about my life, but I won’t be offended in the least, no matter what you’re question. So, once again, feel free to contact me.
Quotes are also a large part of me. Here are some of my favorites (NOTE: not all of the following quotes have had a significant and profound affect/meaning on/to my life):
Don't make fun, just have fun. (yeah, it's my own. how'd you guess?)
life has no theme music
life is better with background music and sound effects, but visual effects are just distractions
it's cool to stand like peter pan
creator of my own little world...they know me here.
“Always choose light, Hannah. Do not allow yourself darkness as an option.”
- My mom
“That’s just the universe. That’s just the way things work...You gotta plant with the blood. You know? That’s the only way you’ll get a soul fulla flowers.”
- Rocco Deluca
"In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is."
- Yogi Berra
"Keep smiling, it makes people wonder what you're up to.":)
"The human brain - the left side has nothing right in it and the right side has nothing left in it."
"If you do not know who you are walking into a situation, you might not like who you are when you are done."
- Marine Gen. Peter Pace
"Sometimes people run just to see if anyone cares enough to follow."
"If you can't get someone out of your head maybe they're supposed to be there."
- Joanne Seow
"The cruelest thing a guy could do to a girl is to let her fall in love when he doesn't intend to catch her fall."
"Love is like standing on wet cement, the longer you stay the harder it is to leave...and you can never go without leaving your prints behind..."
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths that you take but the moments that take your breath away."
"A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out."
- Walter Winchell
"A true friend is someone who knows you're a good egg, even if you're a little cracked."
“A good friend will bail you out of jail. A true friend will be sitting next to you saying, 'Hey, it was fun, right?'” i figure you need both kinds of friends
“I always knew that looking back on the tears would make me cry, but I never knew looking back on the laughs would make me cry.”
“It is true you don't know what you've got until it is gone, but it is true you don't know what you've been missing until it arrives.”
“I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is to try to please everyone.”
- Bill Cosby
“A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.”
- Herm Albright
“People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.”
“Let us never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.”
- MLK Jr.
“Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.”
- Will Rogers
"Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it."
“It's been a long week today.”
“Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.”
- Mark Twain
“Ever notice how it's a penny for your thoughts, yet you put in your two-cents? Someone is making a penny on the deal!”
- Steven Wright
“I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.”
- Clint Eastwood
"There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life."
- Frank Zappa
"I once spent a year in Philadelphia, I think it was on a Sunday."
- W.C. Fields
"Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined."
- Samuel Goldwyn
"The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible."
- Albert Einstein
“A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.”
- George Moore, Brook Kerith
"To put your life in danger from time to time breeds a saneness in dealing with day-to-day trivialities."
- Neville Shute
"The higher we soar, the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly."
- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
"When we walk to the edge of all the light we have and take the step into the darkness of the unknown, we must believe that one of two things will happen: there will be something solid for us to stand on, or we will learn to fly."
- Patrick Overton
"Anything worth doing requires a helmet." but is more fun without one
"Learn from the mistakes of others. You won't live long enough to make all of them yourself."
"Speed is life; altitude is life insurance. No one has ever collided with the sky."
"Flying is safe so long as you remember that it is dangerous."
"It's amazing what you can do if you don't know that you can't."
"Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss."
- Douglas Adams
Top Ten Things You'd Rather Not Overhear from the Cockpit:
10. "The union president called — he said the pilots' strike starts IMMEDIATELY."
9. "We'll just ask the flight attendant to wake us up when we get there."
8. "My name is Forrest Gump — people call me Forrest Gump."
7. "Hey, Jim, do you remember where we're going ?"
6. "Buckle your seat belt — I'm going to try something I saw in a cartoon."
5. "Bye, bye, Miss American Pie..."
4. "Wow, we're sure a lot lighter now that we dropped that second engine!"
3. "Only 500 more flight hours, and I'll get my license!"
2. "They say this plane practically flies itself. Good thing, huh?"
1. "TODAY WE DIE FOR ALLAH!"
“Nothing in all creation is so like God as stillness.”
- Meister Eckhart
“You can safely assume that you’ve created god in your own image, when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.”
- Anne Lamott
“Without God, there is no virtue, because there’s no prompting of the conscience. Without God, we’re mired in the material, that flat world that tells us only what the senses perceive. Without God, there is a coarsening of the society. And without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure. If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”
- Ronald Reagan
"That's what people do. They leap. And hope to God they can fly. Cause otherwise, we drop like a rock, wonderin' the whole way down why in the hell we jumped in the first place."
- Alex Hitchens, Hitch
"It's better to burn to burn out than to fade away"
- Curt Kobain
"I really picked the wrong day to quit sniffing glue..."
"Honestly, who throws a shoe?"
- Austin Powers
Red: What big hands you have!
Wolf: All the better to, uh, scratch my back with.
Red: And what big ears you have!
Wolf: All the better to hear your many critiscisms. Old people just have big ears, dear.
Red: And what big eyes you have!
Wolf: Are we just gonna sit around and talk about how big I'm getting?
Twitchy: Hey, lookie lookie! I found this box of candles. A big box!
Wolf: Lotsa candles? Well light 'em up! Twitchy: *lights candles*
Wolf: Wow, that's nice and bright. What kinda candles are those?
Twitchy: Deenameetay (Dynamite). Must be Italian.
Wolf: AH! LOSE THE CANDLES!
"SCRATCH MY BACK WITH A HACKSAW!"
- Mike Lange
"She wants to sell my monkey!"
- Mike Lange
"IF YOU CAN HEAR ME, DON'T SAY ANYTHING."
"Just tell them that joke you know."
- Bruce Wayne, Batman Begins
"You're far too valuable to kill Mr. Bauer."
- Cheng (very end of s5)
“There’s no other art form that can take me, and move me in time. I can hear a Beatles song and remember hanging out with my brother when I was 8. I can hear a lead zeppelin tune and remember the first girl I kissed.”
“if I get nailed for something stupid, I'd better be ready to laugh at it or I learned nothing while I was away." -Kiefer Sutherland
“It’s easy to take the most important thing for granted. It can be gone before you realize how important it was.” -Kiefer Sutherland
“It's funny when you look back and think about how much time you've wasted trying to acquire something that really fucking didn't matter in the first place. And that's what I needed to figure out.” -Kiefer Sutherland
“You know, sometimes...you have to go though something to find out why you did it. I don’t completely get it. It really has almost everything to do with just taking a chance on something finally. You know? Stop being so scared. And if everybody ends up not liking you because it...well they weren’t gonna like you for real anyways. So there you are."