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Escaping Reality

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Escaping Reality

     This time around, people are more likely to escape reality. Everyone has their own way 
of doing so. Good or bad, we have our own preferences of drifting into another mental 
dimension. Some people choose a positive method such as reading, exercising, shopping, or 
video games. Others, however, prefer negative methods such as drugs, alcohol, or 
sometimes debated as good or bad: sex. My way of escaping a harsh reality is less 
dangerous and more creative. Poetry helps me get emotions off my chest, showcase my 
creativity and send a message.
     Poetry is very good to me. I say this because for some unknown reason males my age 
refuse to show any sign of emotion. That is, an emotion that may label them to be as we say 
on the streets “soft”. If a person, especially a male, can show anger, rage or fury, what’s 
wrong with showing passion, joy, happiness, or love? I do this through poetry to show all of 
my emotions whether I feel rage, joy, or just plain confused.I’ve always felt a human 
wouldn’t understand me or what’s on my mind. A piece of paper is different. I can just write 
and write and not worry about negative feedback or being judged the wrong way. Every day 
I feel another emotion, therefore that’s how often I write. 
    The other way poetry helps me to escape reality: it gives me a chance to showcase my 
creativity. I am no novice when it comes to using words, big, small, antonyms, synonyms, 
and rhyming with them. With poetry I do more than write what I feel. After a year or so of 
writing I felt people everywhere would love my writing. Amazing how my method of escaping 
reality is embraced by people everywhere.
   I send a message to readers of my work. I had a slew of people send me messages about 
what they learned from my poems. They learned about life itself, pros, cons, dealing with 
emotions, relationships, and peer-pressure. I feel I am so successful with poetry because I 
have a tendency of being a deep-thinker. Just about everyone that knows me can tell you 
that. I’ve always said it’s rare you would find someone who thinks the way I do, my poems 
prove this.
  I love poetry. It is hard growing up in this generation. The schooling, the social life, the 
hunt for part-time jobs, the stress of trying to gain responsibility and still enjoy life. How do 
we balance it? How do we deal with it? How can we keep ourselves level-headed? Keep our 
head above water?  This method helps me get emotions off my chest, show my creativity 
and send a message.

	

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  1. Date: 11/6/2009 11:24:00 AM
    A very intelligent guy! people always tend to follow the masses, they don't want to think for themselves, to much hard work, but consciously, or by default, what we are thinking is the sum total of our lives! we don't stop to think of what we are thinking about! there's the problem, everything in this world is created by thought, love Simone . Take a look at my poem, Individuality.

  1. Date: 11/6/2009 10:16:00 AM
    I am so pleased to be reading all these outstanding poems today. I thank you for sharing yours with us today Richard. Have a wonderful weekend and may you gain inspiration as well. Love, Carol