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June 2013

“San Francisco, the perfect spot for vacation”

Have you ever been on a two hour plane ride with your friends
Playing cards across the aisle with nobody there to stop you?
Have you ever spent a long, hot and humid, night at a hotel
Jumping on the bed and playing games, with nobody there to stop you?
Have you ever gone shopping without anybody there telling you what to buy and nobody there to stop you?
Go somewhere, with nobody there to stop you.

Have you ever met a friend who you have been writing letters to, for the first time?
Have you ever tasted the crunchiness of a subway sandwich
While relaxing in the bright sun on a picnic blanket with your pen pal?
Have you ever felt the hot sun
Blazing on your skin, giving you sunburns?
Have you ever played on a hard, rough turf field
With your pen pal and a few other friends?
Go somewhere, with nobody there to stop you.

Have you ever traveled with a group of really good friends
Running and jumping on the sidewalk, without your parents?
Have you ever seen a gigantic room
Filled with America’s favorite ice cream; Ghirardelli Square?
Have you ever heard an ice cream maker plop the melted ice cream,
Into cups and bowls and cones?
Have you ever smelled the warmth of melted chocolate
Tickling your nose?
Have you ever tasted the sweet cream of vanilla ice cream
And the rich indulgence of hot fudge?
Have you ever had the melted ice cream get your fingers dirty
As you eat every last bit of it?
Have you spent the evening seeing Fisherman’s Wharf
With your camera around your neck?
Have you ever seen the sea lions bark and jump up and down
On the platforms floating on the water?
Have you ever felt the cool, blue water
Tickling the tips of your fingers?
Have you ever heard the sea lions go ark ark?
Have you ever ran on a cool breezy evening from your hotel to the Fisherman’s Wharf
And then back to the hotel?
Go somewhere, with nobody there to stop you.

Have you ever smelled the fragrance of the perfume scented flowers
Drifting past your nose?
Have you ever been in a huge, round room
Filled with all types and colors of butterflies?
Have you ever touched a beautiful, bright pink butterfly?
Have you ever experienced a pretty blue butterfly landing on your shoulder?
What about being in a fake earthquake with everything shaking?
Have you done all this with nobody there to stop you?
Go somewhere, with nobody there to stop you.

Have you ever done these things without anybody there to stop you?
To tell you what to do?
To tell you what to buy?
To tell you where to go,
What to say, even how to spend your day?
Have you done these things with no parents around?
Go, have a good time with your friends only.
Go somewhere, with nobody there to stop you.

By: Anika A.

© 2013 Anika A.
Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart
Bellevue, WA
Grade 6

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