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Poetry of the Teenage Soul

Mark is from Utah. He is married with 3 children. He survived the tumultuous teenage years.

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I used to be...but now...

I used to be a baby that crawled, but now I am a young man that can run.

I used to be bad at sports, but now I am good at playing them.

I used to be watched over by my parents, but now I am doing things by myself.

I used to be…

But now…

I will be growing for the rest of my life.

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Monster

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Animals

Ant

Puny, weak

Eating, digging, looking

One’s small, one’s big

Swimming, splashing, eating

Large, strong

Whale

Animals-Definition Poem

Animals are

Mean

Nice

Large

Small

Furry

Scaly

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Drawing (Tanka Poem)

It is fun to draw.

Drawing takes time and practice.

Drawing takes effort.

You need imagination.

Good utensils are needed.

You need good paper also.

Mark Richardson-Name Poem

Macho

American

Radical

Knowledgeable

Runner

Intelligent

Cool

Huggable

Awesome

Rough

Drawer

Strong

Observable

Nice

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School-Definition Poem

School is

Busy

Crowded

Noisy

Hectic

Demanding

Difficult

Rewarding

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Baseball

Running

Jumping

Throwing

Sliding

Pitching

Hits

Catching

Home runs!

Diving

Exciting

Baseball Games (Cameo Poem)

Long games.

Very difficult.

Very fun to hit a home-run.

Boring.

It takes a lot of strength and speed.

It’s very boring to watch.

Slow-paced.

Football

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Football (Cinquain)

Long game

Crunching, smashing, blocking

You might get hurt

Ball

Football Haiku

Football can be fun.

It is fun to score touchdowns.

It can be hard, too.

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan

Basketball (Cinquain)

Teams, Players

Shooting, dunking, jumping

Very fun to play

Hoop

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Sports-Definition Poem

Sports are

Fun

Competitive

Exciting

Interesting

Breathtaking

Rough

Sports

Any sport can be fun.

Basketball and football are my favorites.

Catching a football is fun.

Diving for the ball is sometimes fun.

Sports are fun.

All sports take practice.

Baseball is my third favorite sport.

Catching baseballs can be fun.

Diving for a base is sometimes helpful.

Sports may be difficult to play.

Sports-Lie Poem

I am better than Michael Jordan in basketball.

I am better than Jose Canseco in baseball.

I am better than Joe Montana in football

Strong-Know-It-All (Lie Poem)

I get the best grades in school.

I am stronger than a weightlifter.

I’m more powerful than Superman

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My Third Eye

My third eye can see any place I wish to see.

It can see hidden treasures.

My third eye can use x-ray and infra-red vision.

My third eye can see where objects are that have been lost.

My third eye can see how things work.

It can shoot laser blasts.

It can show me how to get out of trouble.

It can show me answers to problems that I have.

It can show me answers to my school work.

It can see through objects.

Sadness

Sadness

Is not happy, it’s not fun to have, or uplifting.

It makes me want to be by myself.

It makes me want to get away from everyone, it makes me mad sometimes, and it also makes me cry sometimes.

The Truth

I wish I wasn’t so mean.

I know I shouldn’t yell at everyone I see.

People try to avoid me.

They run away from me.

If I were to walk down a crowded hall, people would frantically run and get out of the way, just so I wouldn’t get mad.

© 2019 Mark Richardson