August 7, 2008
By Marielle Carlos, Columbia, MO

I just want you to know that I'm not lying to hurt anyone, I'm lying and pretending to protect everyone. You just can't see it. You don't get it. You keep saying that you're going through so many things, but what you don't realize is that you're the one lacking empathy. All you think about is the effect everything has on you and not on others, you don't know what others go through, but you pretend you do, and then you automatically think you're in the worst position in the world but you're not. And since you think you are, that means you're a little spoiled a little, too.
All you see is flaws among the people around you, what you don't see is... that you're still one of us. There is nothing that separates you from us, so stop pretending that there is.
But I don't want to believe I'm right about this. I don't want to believe that you're like this. So I continue searching through you're writing and yet, I still see the same things. Which means you might really be this way.
But I won't be the bad guy and I won't give up on a friendship.
If there's one thing I want you to know, it's that you don't truly understand. You continue to think you do, but until you stop saying you do, and actually listen, truly learn, and think about others feelings, you won't. I'm waiting for someone to tell you that, because I don't even have the heart to tell you myself.
It's a complicated world, more complicated then you think, and you've got to let go of everything you think you know, start over and learn it again, because the world won't lie to you and tell you that you're right, over and over again.
But no matter what happens, I still love you. You just won't believe me.

The author's comments:
I wrote this piece in June, summer of 2008.
I was sort of ranting out my feelings, in fact, this entire piece was just a list of things I wanted to say to a friend I knew a while ago. Around the beginning of July, I printed this piece off my laptop and let my mother and older sister read it. Mom said she liked the way I wrote it, she liked my word choice and how it made her feel in the end. My older sister said she liked the way she didn't even have to think to understand what I was saying, she said, "I like it, it's not 'read between the lines', it's just 'read the lines'."

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This article has 2 comments.

Nayr139 said...
on Jun. 12 2009 at 2:16 am
i really like this it reminds me of lots of things ive been through with my friends on both sides of that letter ad i agree with you sister. It's just 'read the lines' and thats a sign of a good writer

tor10jax GOLD said...
on Jun. 11 2009 at 11:09 pm
tor10jax GOLD, Livingston, New Jersey
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I like how you wrote this, but maybe you should include more examples.

Keep writing!


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