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by Karen C Vanderlaan

Sunday, March 30, 2008
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for one of my students




She never could quite fit in,

She’s a small girl; a shy tomboy when young.

When she entered that strange world of puberty,

Much later than most of her friends,

She attempted some changes that brought some attention,

Which made her shrink away from the rest,

To the safety and comfort of her former oblivion.

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Reviewed by Kathy Armijo 4/8/2008
Sometimes oblivion is its own haven [speaking from experience]. It is easier to deal with what one knows than fight the upstream battle.

God bless you. Kathy
Reviewed by Samuel Stone 4/4/2008
A well written piece, holding truths and sadness...
Reviewed by Morning Star 4/4/2008
Wow This is a beautiful poem
Its sad to see teens feel this way!
Beautifully writing and expressed
Tribute to your student!
Brilliant poem...Morning Star
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 4/3/2008
your students influence made a great poem to ponder Karen, misfit fits quite a bit of feelings when we're growing. hugs
Reviewed by Kenny Baez 4/3/2008
Oh, I like it. Misfits turn out to be the most interesting people, don't they? Look what we're trying to fit into and you say, better be yourself, kid!
Reviewed by richard cederberg 4/3/2008
Coming of age is sometimes not what one expects. A somber introspection that drips with empathy.
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 4/1/2008
It is sad but most of us went through this as a young child. It is very heartbreaking. Thank you for sharing Karen.

Newfie HUgs, Rose
Reviewed by Chrissy McVay 4/1/2008
Very heartbreaking.

Reviewed by Kate Burnside 3/31/2008
Unless we are of the sheep category, perhaps many of us are actually or constitutionally of this nature, Karen. Peer pressure and acceptance never cease to be the bane/need of the masses, yet those who can seek and find a more authentic, unique identity find blessing ultimately within it... But it's not without its pain and certainly not without much isolation along the way. I am someone who usually feels most "out of my skin" in a crowd where, to anyone observing, they would probably view me as pretty central and relaxed. Isolation is actually what I crave and my energy levels go up when I am alone. Yet I love people. Who can figure. All I know is that it is better to thine self to be true. And that how we project ourselves can be as a smoke-screen to deflect from how we truly are - shy, mostly. Thank you for this. Many of us, I'm sure, can relate wholeheartedly. Kate xx
Reviewed by Bernice Lakota 3/31/2008
Puberty is an interesting stanger he can either lead you to light and sadly for some, into the dark.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 3/31/2008
Sad. Rings of much truth. You grabbed my soul with your verses, Karen. Love and best wishes to you,

Reviewed by Mr. Ed 3/31/2008
So very sad, Karen.
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 3/30/2008
Very powerful writing, and I think if we all look back, ,many of us can relate to this.
Reviewed by William Bonilla 3/30/2008
Just another struggle of growing up
Well Penned

Love & peace
Reviewed by Randall Barfield 3/30/2008
It's hard to accept ourselves sometimes when we feel we are different or don't think as others think. Takes a long time to accept oneself and conquer those old fears. Hopefully, one eventually tries again and this time doesn't shrink or go back. One then is positive, sure, outgoing, fair, firm, and friendly. It is the ideal, anyway. Good job.
Reviewed by Debby Rosenberg 3/30/2008
Is this from your book? The title alone tells a tale as images are conjured up from personal memories, then the piece further enhances them...well done
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 3/30/2008
to see through a childs eyes,, feel what they feel,, makes me sad,,, as all children should be happy.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 3/30/2008
I felt this one deeply as I look back on my own youth and the outcast feeling I experienced myself and for some reason this write made me feel better about it.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 3/30/2008
I've seen this happen in children of that age. So sad that sometimes we can't help them,they won't let us.Excellent write!
Reviewed by John Leko 3/30/2008
...strong write...and a tough call...the word...Misfit.
excellent Karen...
Reviewed by George Carroll 3/30/2008
Growing up is a struggle for some.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 3/30/2008
Sometimes the right way is the first way . . . Very well stated, Karen . . .
Reviewed by Bobbi Duffy 3/30/2008
I too am a late bloomer. I am an autumn flower, I BLOOM LATE, but my beauty is in that of the stong hued, multi petaled mum. The last reminder of beauty before the frost kills.

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 3/30/2008
Powerful Karen....I can realte to this.....been very late myself...I started the month before I turned sixteen!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 3/30/2008
Your poem is very thought producing; we are one little speck among millions. At the core of a great web, we are lucky if we can join to a single string of that web that helps us to venture outward and beyond our safe core.
Reviewed by Ted Bossis 3/30/2008
as a fringe element piano guy ~ i adore this ~ evol Ted
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 3/30/2008
Powerfully penned - sometimes where we were is better than where we find ourselves - excellent.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 3/30/2008
I know how it feels to be a misfit; been there myself. Not a good place to be! Very powerful write, Karen; brava!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :(
Reviewed by Bonnie May 3/30/2008
She must love who she is for she is special as is this poem. Thank you for Sharing. We are all misfits.

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