S: Favorite Poems Sirbaugh
BC: Photos taken by Logan Sirbaugh
FC: Favorite Poems | an anthology of poems | Chosen by Logan Sirbaugh | Picture taken by Logan Sirbaugh
1: Favorite Poems an anthology of poems collected | chosen by Logan Sirbaugh | Stillwater, Oklahoma | 21 November, 2009
2: This book is dedicated to... | Pictures taken by Logan Sirbaugh | my dog Molly. I have no words to express why, I just wanted to dedicate my book to someone.
3: Table of Contents | Typical Teenagers..........................4-5 I Will Not Bow...............................6-7 Just Like me.................................8-9 Dark Cellar................................10-11 Chant......................................12-13 l (a.........................................14-15 un (bee) mo..............................16-17 I Hate School.............................18-19 The Answer...............................20-21 When any mortal (even the most odd).22-23 The Goose and the Moose..................24 Molly...........................................25
4: Typical Teenagers by Eddie gee Typical Teenagers Happy, sad, sleepy, mean, Feelings often change, a common act of a typical teen, I find it rather strange. Talking to a friend, or sending them a text, they talk for hours on end, what’ll they think of next. They’ll leave their room a mess and give cleaning it a miss, but yes I must confess to also doing this. They think their folks are ancient, and utterly unfair, the result is to ignore them, before they start to swear. Their music cracks the ceiling, and makes their parents fume, emotions always reeling, and more time in their room. Being a teen may seem pretty bad, but from experience I can tell, it’s much worse for the mum and dad, for them its living hell!
5: This is one of the first poems I found that I found rather interesting. The poem itself is true in most areas. To me, this poem was very funny because of the author's description of teens. He rounds up the basic troubles and concludes it in a way I found comical. I picked this picture because it reminded me of the odd things teenagers will do. | photo taken by Ruthann Sirbaugh
6: Fall 1 Now the dark begins to rise Save your breath, it's far from over Leave the lost and dead behind Now's your chance to run for cover I don't wanna change the world I just wanna leave it colder Light the fuse and burn it up Take the path that leads to nowhere All is lost again But I'm not giving in I will not bow I will not break I will shut the world away | I will not fall 2 I will not fade I will take your breath away Fall Watch the end through dying eyes Now the dark is taking over Show me where forever dies Take the fall and run to Heaven All is lost again But I'm not giving in I will not bow I will not break I will shut the world away I will not fall I will not fade I will take your breath away | And I'll survive, 3 paranoid I have lost the will to change And I am not proud, cold-blooded fate I will shut the world away I will not bow I will not break I will shut the world away I will not fall I will not fade I will take your breath away And I'll survive; paranoid I have lost the will to change And I am not proud, cold-blooded fate I will shut the world away | I Will Not Bow by Benjamin Burnley
7: The reason I picked these lyrics to put into my anthology was because of the personal emotions and thoughts expressed through it. The man who wrote these lyrics was an alcoholic that just became sober. Since he drank so much, his brain suffered permanent damage. With this in mind and with an idea of what the personality is of the author, the lyrics mean much more. Two of the most powerful lyrics to me are "all is lost again, but I'm not giving in. I will not bow, I will not break..." and "and I'll survive, paranoid. I have lost the will to change, and I am not proud, cold-blooded fate. I will shut the world away." | p.dada.net/.../breaking-benjamin/dear-agony.jpg
8: Just Like Me by Lawan Mitchell | Black describes me. My moods, my personality. Black is a color that everyone likes. Black is subtle. Not too flashy, not too boring. Black is power, authority. Black moves like air. Close your eyes, it’s everywhere. Black is nonchalant. Black’s carefree. Nothing phases this color. Blacks hard as steel. Black is my best friend. Because we’re just alike, Plain, basic, understated, Unlike a red or orange or yellow. We don’t brighten up a room. We bring coolness That can’t be produced by another. Stone-faced is our expression. Relaxed is our mood, Our state of mind. We stand alone, But we can mix With all people, all colors.
9: This poem I found extremely interesting. I really liked this poem because some of it I can relate to. Most people tell me that when I don't smile I look like I want to kill someone and I just thought that that comment fit well with the poem. This is the only poem I have found that I can really relate to so it is one of my favorites. | http://daysoff.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/black abstraction1.jpg
10: Dark Cellar by Joshua White | I like to hide in my dark damp cellar Where rats scurry across the cold cement floor. I don’t know why I like to hide in my dark damp cellar. All I know is that anger and sorrow Evaporate into clouds of air And bad thoughts disintegrate When I’m there. Every boy should have a cellar.
11: This poem was one that I found very odd. Its was weird to see what helps some people out. The main reason I decided to add this poem to my anthology was because of the last line. It is kinda a strange conclusion to the poem. I picked the picture I did because it reminds me what could be hiding in dark cellars.
12: Chant by Tommie Spivey | Smoke Choke Riverside Dope Greens Funk Pump in the trunk Girls, boys Beer & liquor Cigarettes Hotels Weeds & strippers Fat girls Little girls Girls with whiskers Fine girls Pretty girls Girls with cute sisters Pimps, ballers Players & G’s Just another day In the D
13: This is a very unique poem. To me, this poem describes most of the things that I really don't like much but a lot of teens get obsessed with. I found it interesting to try to figure out what inspired the author to write about this subject. This poem's ending is one that I don't yet understand. | http://antibioticsandalcohol.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/alcohol.jpg
14: l (a by E.E. Cummings | l (a le af fa ll s) one l iness
15: The poem was put together in very strange way. This is expected of most of E.E. Cummings poetry. The actual words of the poem I didn't like. I mainly liked the way it made you take it apart and think about it. | http://solar.calfinder.com/assets/images/blog/falling-leaf.jpg
16: un (bee) mo by E.E. Cummings | un (bee) mo vi n (in) g are (the e) you (o nly) asl (rose) eep
17: This is yet another one of the poems written by E.E. Cummings that I enjoy. I'm not sure what this poem exactly is trying to say. There are many different patterns you can arrange the words into. I like how he puts the poem together though, even if they are difficult to interpret properly. | www.georgehart.com/puzzles/puzzle-4triangles.jpg
18: I Hate School by Kenny Weiss | Fuck this shit, up the ass, I don’t think I’ll ever pass. It’s fucking crap. I don’t believe. I think that I’ll just fucking leave. The teachers suck, the food just blows, society has reached new lows. We sit and stare all fucking day. And though it’s public, we still pay. I hate this fucking bullshit. I don’t want to take it. It’s fucking bunk. We’re not prepared. The grown-up world makes me scared. Inspirational posters on the wall – why won’t that kitty fucking fall? A fight-free campus is required, but child molesters are not fired. They want the school clean and drug free, but I know a teacher who does speed. I hate this fucking bullshit. I don’t want to take it. The PE teachers are insane, their methods can’t be called humane. Smoking bud across the street, but hey – our football can’t be beat! The jocks, they run the fucking school, chew dip all day, act real cool. Everybody annoys me. Someone is gonna get beat.
19: The first thing I want to say about this poem is that I don't like the amount of language it has. I picked this poem because I used to think some stuff like this of school. Now that I'm older I believe that school is a good necessity because we need educated people in the future. I find it sad how many people seem to think that education is pointless, not that I'm saying the author is guilty of that. To me, the author is mainly bothered by the environment of his school rather than the idea of it. | http://cache2.asset-cache.net/xc/LS020314.jpg
20: The Answer by Randy Thomas | I've found a perfect, foolproof way Of having just a perfect day With no harsh word or unkind deed To keep me from the peace I need I never fear a traffic jam Or folks who aren't kind...as I am No rain or sleet to soil my shoes Nor cloudy days to bring the blues No harsh concerns can furl my brow Because I have the answer now To keep all worries from my head I simply don't get out of bed
21: This is one of the funny poems in this anthology. I liked the way the author built up the poem. It seemed interesting and i was making guesses as I read it. The resolution that it states is funny and might just work if you had enough to do in bed. | http://www.blavish.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/11/buon-appetito-bed-linen-11-28-2006.jpg
22: when any mortal (even the most odd) by E.E. Cummings | when any mortal (even the most odd) can justify the ways of man to God i’ll think it strange that normal mortals can not justify the ways of God to man
23: This poem written by E.E. Cummings, which isn't very surprising, has a good point to it. I find the question he proposed to be a very interesting question. Now especially because as I grow up I start to personally debate the reasonings of religon and science and i have personal doubts about how things are. Like every religion that relies on faith, it would be so much easier if there was a solid reason and justification to the questions one can't help but come up with. | http://lh6.ggpht.com/_gOuGKTu29BE/SHdYEryIE7I/AAAAAAAAFkA/0Y71p82mGM4/s400/DSCF1267.jpg
24: The Goose and the Moose by Logan Sirbaugh and Mason Strom | The Goose and the Moose, Both dropped a deuce. The made a nice truce, And drank apple juice. They were hung on a noose, And shot down by Zeus. With their bodies obtuse, They were put on a Caboose.
25: Molly by Logan Sirbaugh | When I watch you run into every single thing hurting yourself in your excitement urinating on anything near you Or when I watch you proudly wear your Spiderman outfit beautiful like your owner yet hideous in your habits I say when I watch you storm into my room and eat everything in there I start to pity you I stand up through your pile of trash I stand up
26: Author Info. | Picture edited by Logan Sirbaugh
27: The pictures are self-explanatory! | Picture taken by Logan Sirbaugh
28: Work Cited Burnley, Ben. “I Will Not Bow.” Dear Agony. Burbank, California: Hollywood Records, 2009 Cummings, E. E. “l (a.” 95 poems by e.e. cummings. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, inc. 1958. 1 Cummings, E. E. “un (bee) mo.” 95 poems by e.e. cummings. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, inc. 1958. 19 Cummings, E. E. “when any mortal (even the most odd).” 95 poems by e.e. cummings. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, inc. 1958. 59 Gee, Eddie. “Typical Teenagers.” Family Friend Poems. 21 May 2008. http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/famil y/poetry.asp?poem=19696 Mitchell, Lawan. “Just Like Me.” You Hear Me? Ed. Betsy Fraco. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Candlewick Press, 2000. 27-28
29: Sirbaugh, Logan. “Molly” Sirbaugh, Logan and Strom, Mason. “The Goose and the Moose.” Spivey, Tommie. “Chant.” You Hear Me? Ed. Betsy Fraco. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Candlewick Press, 2000. 39 Thomas, Randy. “The Answer.” Poetry America. 20 November 2009 http://www.poetryamerica.com/humorous_poems.asp Weiss, Kenny. “I Hate School.” You hear Me? Ed. Betsy Fraco. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Candlewick Press, 2000. 32 White, Joshua. “Dark Cellar.” You Hear Me? Ed. Betsy Fraco. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Candlewick Press, 2000. 6