(Grand Prairie, TX, U.S.A)
When I was in the seventh grade, I entered a library sponsored poetry contest. Because I had no knowledge of what poetry was, and it was my first time composing words into melodies, I used many lovey-dovey words in my poem. I didn't expect to become the finalist, but it happened. My school received my poetry, and one of the faculty, without my permission, read it all over the intercom. It was so embarrassing. I was in the gym when I heard it. My hands covered my ears, and my mouth was praying please let it be over. My poem was twenty lines long and had no meaning at all. It sounded so unbelievably funny when the announcer read it. I'm glad my friends forgot all about it a few week later. My advice for all composers out there is: as you write, know your audiences.
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