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Thoughts on Life From A Teenage Atlas MAG

October 5, 2011
By Gwgideon GOLD, Commerce Twp, Michigan
Gwgideon GOLD, Commerce Twp, Michigan
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I feel like Atlas
Holding the sky up
Protecting everyone under it
When never getting any rewards or rest myself

As everyone eats and parties
I'm stuck here
Doing the hardest work in the world
While everybody else prospers off my suffering

And even as I protect everyone
People still make fun of me
They punch me
And I can't punch back because I'm too busy protecting them

People say my muscles are strengthening
But what's the point of building your muscles
When all you are going to use them for
Is holding up the sky?

My old friends have tried to help me hold the sky up
But once they realize that I won't ever be able to play games with them again
They spit on me
And walk away, leaving me with my burden once more

Alone I stand here
Day after day
Night after night
Imagining what my life would be like if I wasn't stuck here

But what is the point
Of dreaming about things that will never be?
Dreaming about pleasure and happiness
While I'm stuck in a swamp of depression and pain

So here I am, rambling on
Praying and begging Aeolus for a gust of wind
So that my overheated, sweaty body
Can be cooled off for a few seconds



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AsIAm PLATINUM said...
on Jul. 1 2012 at 11:35 pm
AsIAm PLATINUM, Somewhere, North Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
"According to some, heroic deaths are admirable things. (Generally those who don't have to do it. Politicians and writers spring to mind.) I've never been convinced by this argument, mainly because, no matter how cool, stylish, composed, unflappable, manly, or defiant you are, at the end of the day you're also dead. Which is a little too permanent for my liking." — Jonathan Stroud (Ptolemy's Gate)

Hang in there - I'm an Atlas too. Great job.

on May. 28 2012 at 3:55 pm
soccerlover7 BRONZE, Cranberry Twp., Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"You create your own luck."
-Hope Solo's Grandma

Beautiful work. You used great metaphors in this!

on May. 24 2012 at 10:50 pm
Elena Milin PLATINUM, New York, New York
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Thanks, I sympathize :) hang in there.  You're not alone :) and this was nicely done, strong metaphor and well organized. 

on May. 4 2012 at 11:40 pm
xMusicallyAd3ptx BRONZE, Geneva, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
"A great value of antiquity lies in the fact that its writings are the only ones that modern men still read with exactness." -Friedrich Nietzsche

Truly amazing work. This really embodies exactly how I feel myself.

on May. 4 2012 at 11:40 pm
xMusicallyAd3ptx BRONZE, Geneva, Illinois
1 article 0 photos 4 comments

Favorite Quote:
"A great value of antiquity lies in the fact that its writings are the only ones that modern men still read with exactness." -Friedrich Nietzsche

Truly amazing work. This really embodies exactly how I feel myself.


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