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FC: Stephanie Grimes | Seeing

1: Judgments prevent us from seeing the good beyond the appearance. -Wayne Dyer | Seeing Stephanie Grimes Stillwater, OK November 23, 2009 | picture on cover by Ashley Hadwiger

2: There is more to us than we know. If we can be made to see it, perhaps for the rest of our lives we will be unwilling to settle for less. -Kurt Hahn

3: Table of Contents Life Through My Eyes.......................1 What I See Daydreaming.................. 3 Paint Me Like I Am............................5 Tobacco..............................................7 Which Are You...................................9 Amazing Grace................................ 11 The World Is Too Much with Us.....13 What I See........................................15 I See Me........................................... 17 What I See........................................19 When I Watch You I Weep..............21 What You Really Are.......................23

4: Life Through My Eyes by Tupac Shakur Life through my bloodshot eyes would scare a square 2 death poverty, murder, violence and never a moment 2 rest Fun and games are few but treasured like gold 2 me cuz I realize that I must return 2 my spot in poverty But mock my words when I say my heart will not exist unless my destiny comes through and puts an end 2 all of this | 1 | picture fro

5: I chose Life Through My Eyes by Tupac Shakur because it fits my topic very well. It fits because my topic is about seeing things for what they are from your own perspective. This poems is about a boy who lives in a bad neighbor hood that is stricken with poverty, murder, and violence. He is able to escape his life by letting loose and having fun. I think everyone can sort of relate to this poem because everybody goes through hard times--though not quite as extreme as the situation in the poem--and letting all the troubles float away by getting their minds of their troubles is very comforting and relaxing. | 2

6: Seeing within changes one's outer vision -Joseph Chilton Pearce | What I See Daydreaming by Sarah Villeda-Holmes Looking into the chalkboard It looks like someone just erased it. But to me it looks like a dragon with spikes Pushing their way out of a dragons body. If you move your head, It looks like a fish pond. If you blink your eyes real fast, It's an elephant. | 3 | picture fro m

7: What I See Daydreaming by Sarah Villeda-Holmes fits my theme because it is seeing something using your imagination. This is another poem that pretty much anyone could relate to because who doesn't daydream? I often daydream during class, though, maybe not about fish ponds, dragons, and elephants. I enjoyed this poem because it reminded me of being younger, when i would let my imagination take over and run wild. This poem is also an easy read and not one that I had to disect. | 4

8: Paint Me Like I Am by Delia Garcia Why don't you paint me Like I am? Paint me happy, Laughing, running down a path of happiness Paint me with a smile on my face. Paint me with long black wavy hair And my rosy cheeks. Paint me with sunflowers, red and white roses. Paint me with bears, rabbits and baby deer In my arms, dancing around me. Paint me somewhere wonderful Somewhere where there's sunshine and A light blue sky With butterflies floating Around that lovely sky. Paint me without my sadness. Paint me without my sorrow. Paint me without my tears. Paint me so my pain won't show. Can you see the face telling you to paint me happy, Paint me with life, but most of all Paint me free. | 5

9: Paint Me Like I Am by Delia Garcia goes with my original theme, seeing yourself for what you want to be and how you want to see yourself. This is an excellent poem because I don't know anyone who can't relate to it. Nobody wants to be sad and they want to see themselves happy even though they are not. This is my favorite poem because recently I have been going through tough times and I really want to see myself and my family happy, I want to be lost in beautiful things and loose all my unhappiness with it. This is a comforting poem that anybody can relate to. | 6 | picture from

10: 7 | Tobacco by Graham Lee Hemminger Tobacco is a nasty weed: I like it. It satisfies no normal need: I like it. It makes you thin, it makes you lean It takes the hair right off your bean, It's the worst darn stuff I've ever seen: I like it.

11: picture from | Tobacco by Hemminger works for my theme in a different way then most of the rest. It is different because even though this man can see that the tobacco is bad for him, he still likes it. I cannot personally relate to this poem because I am not addicted to tobacco, but I have seen the way some people can't help themselves. IUsing tobacco is an sty habitat, but even though this man knows it he still doesn't stop. This poem is easy to understand and read. | 8

12: Which Are You? by Unknown I watched them tearing the building down, A gang of men in a busy town; With a ho-heave-ho and a lusty yell They swung a beam and the sidewalk fell. I asked the foreman: 'Are these men skilled, And the men you'd hire if you had to build?" He gave a laugh and said: "No indeed! Just common labor is allI need. I can easily wreck in a day or two What builders have taken a year to do!" And I thought to myself as I went on my way, Which one of these roles have I tried to play? Am I a builder who works with care, Measuring life by the rule and square? Am I shaping my deeds to a well-made plan, Patiently doing the best that I can? Or am I a wrecker, who walks into town, Content with labor of tearing down. | 9 | picture from

13: Which Are You? is a good poem about analyzing yourself and trying to find out who you really are. It has a good analogy about whether you are structured and ambitious like a builder/architect or an unmotivated go-with-the-flow kind of person like a wrecker. It is good to analyze yourself every once and a while to make sure that you are on the path you want to be. I occasionally ask myself similar questions to make sure I am being true to myself and not being what others want me to. This an easy to understand poem with a good analogy and question. | 10

14: Amazing Grace by John Newton Amazing Grace! How sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now I'm found Was blind, but now I see. 'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, And grace my fears relieved; How precious did that grace appear The hour I first believed. Through many dangerous, toils, and snares I have already come; 'tis grace hath brought me safe thus far, And grace will lead me home. The Lord has promised good to me, His word my hope secures; he will shield and portion be As long as life endures. | 11

15: Seeing | 12 | picture from | Amazing Grace is one of my favorite songs/poems. it is about a person who has just met the Lord and is now seeing things from a new perspective. Being a pastor's daughter, i have seen many people come to know the Lord and I have seen the way it has changed them. This poem has some old English in it, but it is easy to figure out what it means. It has a good message and is beautifully written.

16: The World Is Too Much with Us William Wordsworth The world is too much with us; late and soon, Getting and spending, we lay waste on our powers: Little we see i Nature that is ours; we have given our hearts away, a sordid boon! The Sea that bares her bosom to the moon; The winds that wil be howling at all hours, And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers; For this, for everything, we are out of tune; It moves us not.--Great God! I'd rather be A Pagan suckled in a creed unworn; So might I, standing on this pleasant lea, Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn; Have a sight of Proteus rising from the sea; Or hear old Triton blow his wreathed horn. | 13

17: The World Is Too Much with Us is saying that people are too much to be on the Earth. it is saying that we are hurting and not helping things of nature because we know so little. People have been polluting Earth for a long time and now we are paying the consequences. Even though this poem was written before the 19th century, it is still right about people knowing little about nature. This poem has some vocabulary i didn't know and some allusions to mythology, so it is a little more difficult to read than the other poems i selected. | 14

18: What I See by Nicole Szymkowicz I watch you drowned in your own depression I watch you lying there on the floor cold as ice I see you sitting ther filled with misery and sorrow I see you and your beaten soul I look at you and you family and I see a train wreck I look at the food you are forced to eat Because you can't afford any better All the things I see Everyone else can't I look at you and your problems and i see a friend, a warrior, a fighter Why can't everyone else see the same? They would then know how amazing you really are Not how popular you are or how pretty you are But as a real person, like how I see you Most of all I wish they could see you as a friend and not an icon Through all of your problems, you're still a friend An amazing friend. | 15

19: What I See is about a girl who seems very put together and perfect to everyone else. The only person who knows who she really is is her best friend. She sees her broken family and how poor they are and she is still her friend even though others wouldn't have been so forgiving. I really like this poem because it has a good moral. That moral being that it doesn't mattered how they seem and what they have or don't have, it is about who a person really is. | 16 | picture from

20: I See Me by Jay When I look into those eyes I find things no one else ever catches a glimpse of I see that fear of judgment That makes her cower at confrontation I see this hopelessness for the future That makes her choices her burden alone I see this desperate need for companionship to make her strong in the savage word of humans I see this courage caged in her thoughts of inferiority I see these thoughts of abandonment that make her cling to anything I see this devotion to her beliefs that makes her fear death And I hate that person I always see in me | 17 | picture from

21: I See Me by jay is about a girl who looks in the mirror and doesn't like hat she sees. Most can always find something they don't like about themselves, including me. The girl in the poem doesn't hate the physical things about herself, but she does hates a lot of the emotional stuff about her. Most of the things she mentions suggest that she has dad a rough life and is now afraid of many things. Since this poem was written by a teenager, it is easy to easy and understand. | 18

22: What I See by Amanda Pridgen When I look at you I do not see who you think I see. For, I see beyond what you appear to be. I wish I had a mirror to reflect my view. Then you would understand why I am amazed my you. There is a wall you have built around you, and not just anyone could break through. You would not dare let them get that close to you. I love to see the expressions on you face when you think no one is looking long after the race. You have programmed yourself to fell no emotion. You feel each day with so much commotion. You are always in a hurry trying to be two steps ahead. Why rush your life away? Is it because you already feel dead? I don't think you realize that you are a spectacular person. An individual unlike any other I have met before. I see all of you and even more! No matter how hard you try to push me away. I will not budge; I will go astray. If only you would open the door. I would show you a whole new world. Would you believe that there is someone who is true? Someone who doesn't need or want anything from you. Knowing the greatest gift you give doesn't cost any money. One you give without even knowing. It is the real you! The one you are not showing! | 19

23: 20 | What I See by Amanda Pridgen is a poem about somebody telling a friend or relate how wonderful they really are. Most people don't think they are perfect, but the person it was written for finds nothing special about them selves and hurries through life. The way the author wrote it it makes me think the person she is talking about has some kind of depression or illness. This is a very encouraging poem and is well written. It is also easy to read and understand. | picture from

24: When I Watch, I Weep for You by Stephanie Grimes When I watch you hiding your bruises under thick globs of make-up pretending everything is alright or when I watch you crying on the ground not understanding what you did wrong and without realizing that it's not your fault I say when I watch you being beaten like an old rug trying to fight back unable to win against his drunken rage I stand up Praying you make it out I stand up | 21

25: When I Watch, I Weep for You is about a woman who is being beaten by her husband. Her husband is an alcoholic and she tries to hide what he does to her, but people can see. I wrote this one for the Ms. Dawson's class in a similar format as the Miss Rosie poem. i like this poem because unfortunately, women being battered by their husbands has become more common and i think some people will be able to relate. | 22

26: What You Really Are by Stephanie Grimes You sneak outside, claiming to need some fresh air. You take a long slow drag, savoring every last puff of smoke not realizing that I see, we all see, through your deceit. You walk through the door barely able to stand up. Slurring your words, making no sense, too hungover to know that I see, we all see, what you really are: A liar. A user. An abuser. | 23

27: What You Really Are is about a man who is a smoker and alcoholic. he will not admit his problem and even tries to hide it when he is able to. I think that there will be some people that can relate to this poem because many people have friends or relatives that are addicted to drugs or alcohol that won't admit it. | 24

28: About the Author Stephanie Grimes is currently a sophomore at Stillwater High School. She is 15 and will hopefully obtain her driver's permit in December. Her favorite subjects are band and English and she hopes that you enjoy her poetry project. | picture by Alicia Reynolds

29: Bibliography Garcia, Delia. "Paint Me Like I Am." Paint Me Like I Am. New York; WritersCorps, 203.11. Hemminger, Graham Lee. "Tobacco." Poems That Live Forever. New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1965.211. Jay. "I See Me." 100 Best Teen Poems. 22 November 2009 Newton, John. "Amazing Grace." The 100 Best Poems of All Time. New York: Warner Books, Inc., 2001.41. Pridgen, Amanda. "What I See." Poetry:What I See. 22 November 2009 Shakur, Tupac. "Life Through My Eyes." The Rose That grew From Concrete. New York;Pocket Books, 1999.11. Szymkowicz, Nicole. "What I See." 2nd Annual Morning of Poetry. New York: CFHS, 2006.13. Unknown. "Which Are You?" Poems That Live Forever. New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1965.299. Villeda-Holmes, Sarah. "What I See Daydreaming." Paint Me Like I Am. New York: WritersCorps, 2003.5. Wordsworth, William."The world Is Too Much With Us." The 100 Best Poems of All Time. New York: Warner Books, Inc., 2001.49.

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