On Becoming The Monsters MAG

September 19, 2013
By micahgrace BRONZE, Lexington, South Carolina
micahgrace BRONZE, Lexington, South Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
"She looked liked art, and art wasn't supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something." - Rainbow Rowell

I remember October nights
spent swallowing apple seeds and
picking pumpkins. We wore the chilled air
like a fitted black dress, and convinced
ourselves that the dying leaves didn't mirror
our decaying consciences. Children told ­stories
of black cats and witches, but the only
true horror was the way we treated ­ourselves.
One slash on the wrist for every candy corn ingested
because we hated the way we didn't ­resemble
the skeletons hanging on every door.
“You look dead.” They told us,
and we laughed because that was the goal.
Adults and kids alike whispered about the
two girls with protruding bones and sunken
eyes, actual zombies in the flesh.
We never wanted it to go this far, but there
wasn't such a thing as halfway with us.
Build a coffin and declare us gone,
I guess we'll always be stuck in the ­cornfields.

The author's comments:
The creepiness of Halloween always seemed to perfectly mirror the horror of eating disorders and self-harm. I hope people understand that hurting themselves isn't beautiful. It's messy and gruesome.

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