"Imagine If": A Poem My Daughter Wrote

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"Imagine If": A Poem My Daughter Wrote

Post by Curt Sunshine » 22 Mar 2012, 20:31

One of my daughters is a high school junior. For an assignment in her English class on Tuesday, she wrote the following poem. To say I am proud of her would be an understatement - and she got NO help or input from me.
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The Map
by Jessica DeGraw
3-20-12

Imagine if
You are a child.
You find a map;
A pirate's treasure map.
You search.

Everyone searches.
For their keys,
For their shoes,
For their dreams.
They search.

When you are searching,
What are you searching for?
Something nonessential?
Something worthwhile?
Searching for change?

And how do you search?
Do you agonize over it?
Are you annoyed by it?
Do you feel anxious about it?
Are you diligent?

When do you find it?
After an hour?
After twenty-four?
After one-hundred and sixty-eight?
After you've given up?

What if you never find it?
What if you never stop searching?
What if the map is infinite?
What if that's the point?
Imagine if.
I see through my glass, darkly - as I play my saxophone in harmony with the other instruments in God's orchestra. (h/t Elder Joseph Wirthlin)

Even if people view many things differently, the core Gospel principles (LOVE; belief in the unseen but hoped; self-reflective change; symbolic cleansing; striving to recognize the will of the divine; never giving up) are universal.

"For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong." H. L. Mencken

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Re: "Imagine If": A Poem My Daughter Wrote

Post by Minyan Man » 23 Mar 2012, 06:50

This is great!

Mike from Milton.

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Re: "Imagine If": A Poem My Daughter Wrote

Post by Curt Sunshine » 25 Mar 2012, 07:31

Thanks, Mike. After thinking about it some more, I posted it as my New Year's resolution post on my personal blog for this weekend. I think it has some deep implications of how we approach faith in the Atonement.

Also, I like that it started with searching for keys (since that is a common theme and also a lightning rod for criticism) and moved to searching for dreams. Maybe the faith to pray to find one's keys is a pre-condition for many to search to find the ultimate dream.

Maybe it's not about the keys but, instead, the search-orientation that matters.
I see through my glass, darkly - as I play my saxophone in harmony with the other instruments in God's orchestra. (h/t Elder Joseph Wirthlin)

Even if people view many things differently, the core Gospel principles (LOVE; belief in the unseen but hoped; self-reflective change; symbolic cleansing; striving to recognize the will of the divine; never giving up) are universal.

"For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong." H. L. Mencken

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Re: "Imagine If": A Poem My Daughter Wrote

Post by afterall » 26 Mar 2012, 06:41

Trying to catch up here. This is a wonderful poem and I am going to put it in my journal. What an insightful person! You must be so proud of her!

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Re: "Imagine If": A Poem My Daughter Wrote

Post by SamBee » 27 Mar 2012, 11:10

That's better than the stuff we got in our school magazine!
DASH1730 "An Area Authority...[was] asked...who...would go to the Telestial kingdom. His answer: "murderers, adulterers and a lot of surprised Mormons!"'
1ST PRES 1978 "[LDS] believe...there is truth in many religions and philosophies...good and great religious leaders... have raised the spiritual, moral, and ethical awareness of their people. When we speak of The [LDS] as the only true church...it is...authorized to administer the ordinances...by Jesus Christ... we do not mean... it is the only teacher of truth."

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Re: "Imagine If": A Poem My Daughter Wrote

Post by Curt Sunshine » 27 Mar 2012, 14:36

I'll pass on your comments to my daughter. Thanks!
I see through my glass, darkly - as I play my saxophone in harmony with the other instruments in God's orchestra. (h/t Elder Joseph Wirthlin)

Even if people view many things differently, the core Gospel principles (LOVE; belief in the unseen but hoped; self-reflective change; symbolic cleansing; striving to recognize the will of the divine; never giving up) are universal.

"For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong." H. L. Mencken

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Re: "Imagine If": A Poem My Daughter Wrote

Post by Heber13 » 30 Mar 2012, 22:56

You should be proud, Ray!
Luke: "Why didn't you tell me? You told me Vader betrayed and murdered my father."
Obi-Wan: "Your father... was seduced by the dark side of the Force. He ceased to be Anakin Skywalker and became Darth Vader. When that happened, the good man who was your father was destroyed. So what I told you was true... from a certain point of view."
Luke: "A certain point of view?"
Obi-Wan: "Luke, you're going to find that many of the truths we cling to...depend greatly on our point of view."

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Re: "Imagine If": A Poem My Daughter Wrote

Post by Featherina » 05 Apr 2012, 11:43

Ray Degraw wrote:by Jessica DeGraw

...What if you never find it?
What if you never stop searching?
What if the map is infinite?
What if that's the point?
Imagine if.
I love it! :thumbup:

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Re: "Imagine If": A Poem My Daughter Wrote

Post by Tadpole » 11 Jun 2012, 07:35

Love it! She must be an awesome kid!

Thanks for sharing.

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Re: "Imagine If": A Poem My Daughter Wrote

Post by opentofreedom » 23 Jun 2013, 21:33

This is the first time on this section of the forum. I have stayed away as I am afraid of more confusion. I was so wrong.
I am going to print this out. I love it!!
I keep searching for answers and fearing that I will never feel satisfied. For some reason this poem settled my Soul.
in particularly this:
What if you never find it?
What if you never stop searching?
What if the map is infinite?
What if that's the point?
Imagine if.
Your daughter is incredible! and inspiring.
Tell her thank you! and thank you for sharing.
Namaste: the divine light in me honors the divine light in you.

“Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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