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Delayed Gratification

April 15, 2018
By existentialistmexican BRONZE, Brighton, Michigan
existentialistmexican BRONZE, Brighton, Michigan
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What comes next?

Seeing the bright blue sky

but not noticing until later

how perfect things were

for the rest of the world

hairs rise

stomachs drop

eyes pool and widen

Adrenaline rushes

and all you can do

is react

Trying to ask yourself what comes next

but it is too unsure of a future

Delayed Gratification

only works

if there is

something to

look forward to…

The author's comments:

This piece is about the day I was evicted from my house in Georgia. No warning from my mother, I was woken up by her and the sheriff standing behind her in my home. My emotions completely shut off for a few days. If they wouldn’t have, I would not have made it through that month of homelessness, juggling school and my mother and my brother and overcoming substance abuse as well as other deeply personal issues. I thought everything was absolutely done. But at the same time, my heart and mind completely shut down. I only reacted to the immediate present,which is not the best way to live your life. However, I did this and I learned a lot, probably more than a kid my age should know about.

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