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A Letter to My 16-year Old Self

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A Letter to My 16-year Old Self

Hello, I’m you, and you just wrote this poem! You’ve written hundreds more! One day you’ll find A place that poet friends world-wide call home. Creatively, you’ll exercise your mind. Start now to hone your writing skills, and when you go for that semester in Madrid, you won’t learn Spanish well enough! Please, then, return to Spain! I know you’ll wish you did. You needn’t try to get through college fast. Get work in Spain. Learn from experience. Don’t marry quite so young. Life is a blast. Try things you really love. Gain confidence! There’s coming in the 80’s - VCR, and later on will come the internet. Invest in them. I think you could go far, Money matters. You just don’t know that yet! Life will be nice, but long before you age, You’ve got to save, or it will be too late. You need a pension plan - advice most sage! But cash it out before two-thousand-eight! For one brief week soon coming, there’s a guy, and no one like him will you meet again! He’ll go back home, but three years later try to look you up, but you’ll be married then. . . Could things with him have worked? How can you know? But you and I so seldom take a chance! With what I’ve told you, let’s see how things go. . . Will you change fate and opt out for romance? Written 12/20/12 For David Williams' Hello/Goodbye Poetry Contest

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  1. Date: 4/27/2013 11:59:00 PM
    This was fun to learn more about you Andrea. It sounds like a fun exercise to see what you would have done differently, if you could simply have a conversation with the younger you. Loved the bits of humor splashed here and there as well. Me writing a poem to my sixteen-year-old self wouldn't have much, however (seeing how that's slightly over two years ago... haha).

  1. Date: 1/8/2013 4:30:00 PM
    Andrea, , Congratulations with your winning poem in David's awesome contest.. pd

  1. Date: 1/6/2013 5:45:00 PM
    You are still alive..if you know you should take more chances, then you should ;) Congrad's on your win Light & Love

  1. Date: 1/4/2013 3:57:00 AM
    Iincredible Andrea with another incredible poem.... Love this... Congrats!

  1. Date: 1/2/2013 8:33:00 PM
    IF only we knew how our life would have been. Great write. love phyl soup mail

  1. Date: 1/1/2013 2:57:00 PM
    Wonderful write,Andrea....Great work..Congrats on your well deserved win...

  1. Date: 1/1/2013 12:41:00 PM
    Congratulations! Wishing you a Happy New Year!

  1. Date: 1/1/2013 7:53:00 AM
    Hi, my dearest poet friend! I feel great rereading your excellent entry and seeing it in the super winners' list! MY BIG HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR TOP WIN! Thank you so much for everything and again, HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR! (w/soupmail) love always, Leonora

  1. Date: 1/1/2013 1:57:00 AM
    Congrats on your big win Andrea! :D really an interesting poem Andrea, anyway happy new year! :D

  1. Date: 12/31/2012 5:18:00 PM
    Well Done. Happy New year as well!

  1. Date: 12/31/2012 4:32:00 PM
    congrats on a great win Andrea....Happy New Year

  1. Date: 12/31/2012 4:23:00 PM
    Andrea I loved the advice about cashing in before the crash, overall it was excellent and you need to get back to Spain, well done my friend...David

  1. Date: 12/31/2012 3:06:00 PM
    Wonderful. Congratulations and Happy New Year...,

  1. Date: 12/31/2012 2:55:00 PM
    a wonderful poem and so deserving of your win in the contest! i love the suggestions you've made to your younger self...

  1. Date: 12/31/2012 2:20:00 PM
    Big congrats Andrea love, love this one and all the best for the new year xx

  1. Date: 12/31/2012 1:55:00 PM
    Congrats Andrea!

  1. Date: 12/28/2012 11:16:00 AM
    Great work... Love the advice. This should go far in the contest!

  1. Date: 12/26/2012 8:53:00 PM
    wow. i really love this one - JH

  1. Date: 12/26/2012 6:03:00 PM
    I really love this contest because it gives us an even better glimpse into the minds of other poets. I love the way you tackled this one - it is so interesting and so real! I wish we could actually send these "letters" to our past selves :)

  1. Date: 12/24/2012 4:43:00 PM
    Oh yeah! FAR more advanced wisdom and advice in your letter- you can really tell I am still a youngster when you read mine haha. This is splendid advice and very great poem :) I expect to see it on the winners list! Merry Christmas to you :)