Dear Maria, I really appreciate you taking the time to read and comment on my poem. I don’t remember saying the line “because you are like giving a reminder to people to realize that people have way worse problems” but t really does apply. people should think about their problems and how it could be worse. If you have written something on youth…[Read more]
When you get stuck in traffic,Hours upon endJust remember,ItcouldbeWorseIf you get your wallet stolenAnd you can’t pay the taxiJust rememberItcouldBeWorseWhen you fail an assignmentGet a bad grade Remind yo
I liked the premise of your poem. Many people complain about their lot in life, yet do not realize how much worse it could be. Perspective can really change a person, one man’s trash, is another man’s treasure. A garbageman in the US could complain about their job and how doing anything else would be better, yet a brick worker in India working would probably give anything to be in that garbageman’s position.
I am very amazed with your poem because people should realized that it could be worse. People should open there eyes and realize that there small problems aren’t as terrible as other people’s problem who are suffering. I really like your anaphora that you used “It could be worse” because it’s reminding people that they should stop complaining about there small problems. One line that stands out to me is when you said “Whenever you think Your problems are bad Always remember It could be worse.” because you are like giving a reminder to people to realize that people have wayy worse problems. Your poem reminds me of myself because I also do complain about the littlest things but your poem reminded me that others have it way worse. Your poem sends a message to people to think deeper and ask themselves if there problems are that bad because others have it worse. Thank you for your poem I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to see what you have next.
Dear Matteo, I liked the fact that in your poem it feels that you were really honest with your feelings about how life would be worse. It reminds me of people on how they complained for small things in life without having to. To add up one of the lines that i could connect to you is when u say “because you are like giving a reminder to people to realize that people have way worse problems”. It means that I’m not the only one that’s going through things in life or just general.
Dear Maria, I really appreciate you taking the time to read and comment on my poem. I don’t remember saying the line “because you are like giving a reminder to people to realize that people have way worse problems” but t really does apply. people should think about their problems and how it could be worse. If you have written something on youth voices, please leave a link, I would love to read and leave a comment. Sincerely, Matteo
Dear Matteo, I re-read your poem about three times just nodding my head and remembering that it really could be worse. Sometimes we are so stuck on the moment itself that we forget that there are people going through way worse things. Though there are way worse situations, it does not mean that we can’t feel bad for ourselves, it just means that we have to remind ourselves that there are ways of getting past the situation without putting ourselves so down. I also really enjoyed reading your summary of what you were supposed to write in this poem. I think it helps us all really think about the times where we have said how terrible our lives are because it’s true, we are fed, we have a roof over our heads, and we are getting an education. Some people cannot have what we have, even if it is the basics. Thank you for such a passionate poem, it is amazing that repeated words can make us feel so much better and be grateful for what we have.
Dear tania, Thank you so much for sharing your poem with me. One line that stood out to me was “when you meet that someone, when your heart skips a beat” I think that this is true in the play Romeo and Juliet. In the play Romeo seeing Juliet changed Romeo. Thank you for sharing your poem with me and I look forward to your next poem!
Dear Kalani, Thank you so much for sharing your poetry. One line that stood out to me was “Drugs will ruin your life, and I completely agree but love is the most Fucked up drug of them all.” because it is true, during almost every breakup you feel sad and depressed. A connection I made to your poem was how the police only are brutal to the…[Read more]
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