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2012 Creative Writing Contest 1st Place Winner
America, The Magical Land
By: Alexander Tymouch
There is a magical place in this world,
Where people come to look for freedom and happiness.
They sail for weeks through the swaying ocean,
When they finally arrive at the mesmerizing new land,
They try to keep their own ways at first.
They celebrate the same holidays,
Wear the same clothes,
And eat the same food.
They do everything the same as before,
They start to learn from one another
And exchange their cultures.
It’s like an experienced cook came and learned to dance,
While a graceful dancer came and learned to sew.
A talented tailor came and learned to bake,
While a baker came and learned to farm.
They thought they were doing it for their own benefit,
But in fact they were making history.
These people learned different cultures
And shared their own cultures too.
And while they were as different as they could be,
They became friends more quickly
By teaching one another
And learning from one another.
And just like that, a new country was born.
But what is truly unbelievable,
Is the fact that this was all created
By ordinary families of immigrants
In that same beautiful, magical place,
In that amazing year round wonderland,
That same four seasoned country,
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