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  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    I've fallen into pieces that don't fit back together right   And nobody has noticed because the people who know me aren't here and the strangers around me can't tell   That I'm barely able to leave my room and I'm cycling through my full range of emotio...
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    It is not beautiful. It is slow, a gradual drowning, lungs filling one drop at a time and you don’t know which will be the one to kill you. It is days spent on the couch doing nothing, and scolding voices moving past at the end of the day. It is a summer chill settling in your...
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    Your tears are late. You didn’t notice me shatter piece by piece, you couldn’t feel the darkness that was strangling me. You only knew I was different from the person you once recognized. I knew it, too, itching inside my ill-fitting skin, staring at pictures, into the mirror, look...
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    The scars are like track marks on my arm: marks of shame. I hide them because I hate seeing the pity and disgust. I hide them so I won’t be treated like I’m diseased, broken, dangerous. I hide them out of fear that they’ll prevent me from getting a job or making a friend or ea...
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    Growing up my textbook said everyone is created equal, but life taught me otherwise in the sequel written in the voices of people around me. They told me the rules that I'm supposed to follow, the truths that I'm supposed to swallow, they wrote me a handbook on what color should me...
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    It's a bomb of heavy, clinging silence That explodes somehow without a single Shock wave, Though it touches everything. We sit, Coated in quiet. I breathe, Lungs slowed by guilt For a lack of tightness in my Throat. Their tears weigh on My brow So that I can't smooth out the furrow...
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    Everyone is created equal; we don’t talk about the differences; don’t point, it’s not polite; don’t stare, it’s not polite; don’t talk about that, it’s not polite; here is the box you check off for yourself; here is how you spell “Caucasian,” but really you can just put...
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    Unfriendly ink Eats into the delicate skin Of my wrist. A cigarette burn, An x marks the spot, A tattoo to remind me, A splash of paint to cover the stains. I carry it with me, Clenching and unclenching My fist, To make sure the hand is still Mine....
  • Hot Topics > Health
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    Drip Drip The faucet leaks As I stare into the mirror Over the bathroom sink. I don't move except to breathe. Drip Drip Because I know that if I break the deceptively calm Surface of the water, My reflection will blur from the ripples And it's already hard enough to recogn...
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    In two years I’ve settled more firmly Into this skin that’s the same size As it was in seventh grade. It still doesn’t fit perfectly But I’m learning to fold over the rough edges, Sew new seams, And stitch up tears. In two years I’ve regretted a lot of books I haven’t read. ...
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    Sometimes, early in the morning, Before I fall asleep But long after the world has closed its eyes And succumbed to quiet dreaming, I can hear rain pattering softly On the rooftop by my window. I like to close my eyes and Listen Very carefully, Hoping the drops will whisper to me Their sec...
  • Hot Topics > What Matters
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    I love kickass female protagonists. I love the girl who doesn't need to be rescued. I love the flash of her temper like lightning in the clouds of a gathering storm, and the thunder in her voice as she sets things straight. I love leaps of faith. I love shieldmaidens slaying monsters and quirky...
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    It isn't a crooked path you can leave Not a place you can walk away from It's not a habit you can pick up and later drop Or a mistake you can learn from and forget It's a constant companion walking by your side A part of the scenery wherever you go It's a weight on your s...
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    Papa, can you hear me? It’s me, the middle grandchild Or, at least, I was But a few more have come along since you left Did you read the letters I wrote, papa? I sealed the first - written just a few days too late - in an envelope along with the tears I didn’t shed Asked my mom, your daugh...
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    When I was younger, I was fearless: I wasn't afraid to smile at strangers; I chattered incessantly at anyone who would listen; I let my "inner weird" blaze unashamedly. But even then, I knew to keep some secrets To myself. I look at photos of my grinning, round face And put a h...
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    Time runs out for these aging bones Seconds slipping to the cutting room floor New cells can't forget that they are old Skin wrinkling under the weathering of the world Every breath another step towards the last Every drop of blood burning with the desperation of the dying This body can&#...
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    In case of an accident: It's O positive, no allergies but pollen and grammatical errors Only (official) medical condition being asthma - I never could stop to breathe - Because those other, complicated issues don't apply here, The diseases that I don't need a doctor to explain t...
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    Too late I was reminded of those words I shouldn't say I only saw the dam once it had crumbled into pieces Once the waters were bearing down on me with unforgiving force The door that always should be kept locked tight opened Because I’d forgotten that those words held the key I only not...
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    Angry words in a text message that buzzed quietly Suddenly glad, for once, for the distance For the rift that divides the two separate worlds Glad, suddenly, that I wouldn't have to go home to that To the angry face that matches the angry words The raised voice and threatening stance that ...
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    These words are meant to be whispered Born into this boisterous world with barely a sigh Drifting from careful lips to straining ears Their fragile wings flutter with every breath of sound While they hold their course determinedly through the stormy seas of noise And they threaten to fall apart...
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    She watches from behind her glass window Pulling the curtains across to shut out the light But he sits beneath with his back against the wall Humming a lullaby...
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    I can hear everything you're saying The implications of this conversation are completely clear You made your neatly outlined points and I listened You spoke your evidence calmly and I sat composedly But now the truth rings in my ears My eyes ache from looking seriously and politely into yo...
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    So the words that had been bumbling shapeless in my brain Finally navigated their way onto a page After weeks of stewing and teaming up with friends The emotions flowed out into tangible ideas that I tried to express Through the medium of blue-inked pen on blue-lined paper Carving out every let...
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    The bedroom window rattles violently as an unnatural scream rises up from the ominously dark night outside. “Mom!” Penelope shrieks from under the protection of the covers, her reedy voice shrill with terror but muffled by her blankets. “Mom!” “I’m coming, Penelope!” An answering voi...
  • Hot Topics > Bullying
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    Ashamed to be near you To be affiliated with you and your words I know how they can sting and throb How much more it hurts when ringed in alone Now, reliving that pain, I watch from the sidelines With fearful eyes and a timid voice stuck in my throat I see myself in his face and the hunch of h...

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