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I wrote this when I was in a deep depression about all of my friends leaving off to college the next year. It was my own way of describing my feelings to myself, and my own way of telling myself that my time will come.

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Faye
I really admired your poem, and we all go through having to leave people behind or seeing someone walk away from us. Everyone hates it. I think this really sums it up. I am very into poetry and writing. And i would definitely read more of your writing. Thank you for inspiring me :D
Satya
This poem was beautiful and inspirational.
paula
i lOve this pOem because my best mate stefano is leaving to italy and i use to realy like him but now ita just a frindship a strong one and ill never forget him. lOve paula. =]
Manda
That's exactly how i;m feeling right now.

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Leaving

Open your arms to change, but please donít lose yourself
You are what makes you who you are in sickness and in health
A friendly atmosphere has made you who you are to be
Your character is in charge and will control your destiny

Youíll go someplace youíve never gone, youíll make your mark again,
You will reset your standards, and sure will make new friends
As soon as today is yesterday your heart will always give
I hope you wonít regret today, cause your future longs to live

If our paths donít cross again, I wonít forget this day
Cause Iím afraid of change, Iím scared to shift my ways
My eyes will see things theyíve never seen, but Iíve always been here
The time that counts your moments gone will teach me not to fear.

Youíll look upon your life and see familiar grounds
Youíll hear the call of memories and recognize the sound
All the lives you change will make stars disappear
And as youíre settled down, youíll realize youíve never left here.

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latu
this poem is a touching. even though i havn't lost my friends,i know that one day i won't have those friends no more. that is why i'm making use of time with my friends in school while i can before i finish school and never see them ever agian.
Danielle
umm i realli love this poem becuse well i just found out that one of ma best friends is leaving and will neva see him agin and i think i realli like him and he knows it and we went out and all but umm ur poem made me cry sooo hard jst thinking coz its soooo ture thnx xxoo
amelia
this is a very good poem please make more it was great please try and send me some on my email thatnk you from amelia bubi x
dana
nice
av
thanks it is my situation that im in now and it helps me realies what is realy going on around me. thanks to whoever wrote this
Hayley
We just left school yesterday and I found this poem online it really oved me when I was trying to find something to read out and I know it will have moved others too. Thank you.
Amelia
This poem rely touched me my friend is moving to Australier in 5 weeks and i just felt so like this poem.
Katrina
I like it, it explains how even though your friend is gone in person because their going to a different school than you, all you have to do is just remember the good times that you two had together.
maitha
hey thats the frist time to loge inthe sit and i realy started to like it from the poems thank
Connie
wonderful, true, and honest. my friend hannah is leaving at the end of the easter term, and i am going to dearly miss her. this poem describes the feelings of how every person leaving or the person witnessing someone leaving must feel. x 10/10 !
pooja
i like because its about leaving friend. leaving a friend is just like going to hell or loosing a precious thing which cannot be gained again
rebecca
i like this poem
Nina
"amazing poem I've ever heard"
Carly
This poem means a lot to me, because one of my best friends is going to a new school, and is leaving so much behind her. We had to write a note, and I hope it was okay, but this one touched me so much that I just had to write it to her. Thank you so much for creating this poem, I think my friend will like it just as much as I do!
Bobby
I am moving from the high school I have been at for 3 years. This will help me get through the experience. Thank You.
Jessica
Beautiful, touching and excellent.
krissie
this poem touched me because in 2 days my friend is moving to alabama and im in 6 th grade and weve only known each other for 2 years but shes really special to me next year we'll be moving to junior high and i wish she could be there wel thats what i wanted to say thank you bye
Katie
WOW! That Poem was amazing. Alot of my friends are moving away and it was so cool to read this poem cause it explained just how I felt
Danielle
my friend is leaving school at the end of this year and i'm going to miss him a lot. this poem made me realise that he will always be missed and will never truly leave us. thank you. xxx
carrie
I was just looking for a poem for my class to give to all the seniors that are leaving me this year. I began to think that it was impossible for me to find a poem telling them how I feel but this poem explains it exactly like I would have. Thank You.
RIANNE
I REALLY LOVED THIS POEM THE REASON IS MY BEST FRIEND ASHLEY IS MOVING TO NORTH CAROLINA IN JUNE SO I TRYING TO SPEND TIME WITH HER NOW SO WHEN SHE LEAVES SHE WILL REMEMBER HAPPY TIMES WITH ME ALSO I KNOW SHE WILL FEEL THAT PLUS THAT POEM IS TRUE.
ashley
this was a wonderful poem . can you please make more poems .
Anish
Good. Excellent. I really love it.
connie
this poem touched me because my friends are all getting ready to leave for college and i hope that i see them but there is always the chance i dont ever see them that hurts but i wont ever forget them and i only hope they dont forget me
rachael
i can so relate to this poem its well good
jacquelynn
i like this poem because is just perfect for my best friend who will be leaving soon. i hope this poem touch her heart too.
Nicole
I LOVED UR POEM MPST TEENS HAVE TO MOVE AWAY FOR COLLEGE AND MAYBE FOR FAMILY REASONS. I FEEL THE SAME WAY! whatever, Nicole
Eileen
Beyond excellence
Sophie
it was really touching and really deep! It was just very appropriate to the thought of leaving!
Rick
This poem is the voice of millions of kids worldwide who are going off to school and leaving their very best friends behind. Mr. Elliot has taken what we all wanted to say to our friends but couldnt find the words and made it perfect.
Jo
i love your poem so much. i think it is one of the most beautiful and touching poems i have ever read and i feel it is a very true and seems though i lost a friend it truly touched my inside.
jess
i can totally relate to this poem cause i just graduated from a high school in jersey and now im going all the way to arizona in 9 days!:( i'm really gunna miss my friends and i'm scared of change as well. this poem is so realistic i love it.
Kari
This poem reminds people of the friends that they have close to them that might not be living near to them any more. It brings back memories that you might have tried to hide, and they come back and put a smile on your face.
chloe
as i read dis it brough tears to mi eyes as i just lost the closest thing i ever had mi best m8 she got moved away n its propa sad so im taking dis poem lol
Samantha
My friend is moving away and this is exactly how I feel.
Mareth
I am about to leave 6th form and all of my friends are all going off in different directions. this poem made me realise that no matter how much i try and push that thought out of my mind it is going to happen and there is no thing that i can do to stop it. the peom just made my eyes well up at the thought that we would all go our separate ways. I only hope they don't forget me as i won't forget them. the poem is great. thank you
alex
it brought me to tears. thanks.
Natasha
My friend is leaving and this poem helped me under stand.
rose
this is beautiful. and almost make me cry,,,, my daugther call me from her room, she was in tears. i ask her what happend (she scared me) I thought someone has died,,, and it was her friend. he is leaving to NJ I thought this poem is perfect to leave it by her door tonight, thank you! Robert.
Lishie
I really enjoyed your poem! i'm leaving my home town and feel the same way about leaving my friends behind as you did when your mate left. keep up the good work!
beatrice
it was very good it made me cry since ive lost my best friends
lil
my best friend is leaving and i havn't stopped crying we've been together since reception!
megan
Hey! I Love your poem. I live in Indiana and my boyfriend of 8 months just moved to Hawaii for family problems. This poem is osem and so true in my situation!
Molly
I am actually leaving for school in less than two months and im already getting nervous. Reading this poem helped relax me and realize Home is where the heart is. Thanks
CťLynn
Awesome poem! Im sure soo many of us can relate to it. Last year of high school for the most of us, leaving all our friends behind isnt the easiest thing to do and this poem descrisbes the emotions we are all going threw its very touching and you did a great job, Ur awesome! keep it up
jaimie
your poem is great! one of my best friends is moving to oregon from here in Pa so i'm really gonna miss her. i'm definetly giving her a copy of this poem.
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