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  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    Hold on, Don’t go, Just give me One last chance, To prove that you were wrong About me And who I am. I need to show you, That I am more, Than empty words, Weightless promises, And a shallow teen existence. But if you are too ignorant, To give me that chance, To look past Your unjust...
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    Love me. Why shouldn’t you? I’m what you’d consider perfect. I’m beautiful, With more silicone in my body Than plasma in my veins. I’m smart, With my knowledge of the important things, Like the Kardashians, or the latest bands, Far outweighing my knowledge of useless things, Like...
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    He is beautiful, She is handsome. She loves her. He loves him. Why are these phrases, Still considered taboo? In this liberal, changing, world, Why can’t I love you? Why is it wrong for me, To long for your perfume? Why shouldn’t I hate, That you’re always gone too soon? The ...
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    Thirty years from now, All I may have of him, Is a then-yellowing picture of him, From a middle school yearbook. That, and the fading memories, Of how his lips felt on mine, Or how they looked when they whispered the three words, That could always make me smile. I may not hurt for him then, ...
  • Opinion > Sports / Hobbies
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    11 hours each day in the August sun for five days straight, out on the field, learning drill (similar to football plays, perhaps?), learning work, and putting two and two together, all while staying in synchronized step, with a smile. This is what band camp is like for any member of my school’s co...
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    I am the best player, You would want in your court. I have been playing this game, On different times, For my whole life. I may not always make the shot, I may not have the strongest offense, But when the ball is their court, And they have the upper hand, I will be the best defense, The M...
  • Poetry > Haiku
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    Sharp nails scrape soft tongue, Uselessly say to yourself, “I'm stronger than this.”...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    I wasn’t supposed to take a sip, Without my mother’s permission. She said I was too young, Too foolish, Too inexperienced, To make my own decision. She told me that she would decide, When I could drink the wine. But one day, She left me alone in the liquor store. Bott...
  • Hot Topics > What Matters
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    I just had the most aggravating experience I’ve ever had at a grocery store checkout. “I try to fix problems, unlike this generation. I’ve got two myself,” the checkout lady, maybe in her 50s or 60s, said with a smile and a laugh. She looked straight at me while my mother swiped her debit...
  • Hot Topics > Bullying
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    You are nothing That could cause emotion Some things are real and meaningful They cause no reaction, no heartbeat Your words are fake They are my everything Love and passion and happiness Don’t exist Hatred and apathy and sadness Rule my world You could never Make me leave Your torture...
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    "Don't be so pessimistic!" Who hasn't heard that phrase? People want us to be happy and optimistic. But what's so wrong with pessimism? On the outside, it may just look like someone being sad, but there are actually some positive aspects to being pessimistic, ironically enou...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    Every painting, Starts with a blank canvas, The purist white any artist knows. They say the first stroke is always the hardest, As the first word is for a writer, In any poem or story. Red. I think I’ll use red first. When you’re stuck, Why not start with the first color on the visible ...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    I love you. You give me solace, cradle and comfort me, The blanket that covers and protects me in the night. You can make me fly, floating freely above the fluffy clouds, The warm sun beating on my back. I feel unbeatable, like nothing can bring me down. You hold my heart, making it beat like ...
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    Since before we met, I’ve built up these walls, Keeping hate and love out, And keeping me safe, Or so I thought. And now that the mortar has dried, All I want to do is tear down the walls, And let you inside, To see the real me, But I’m afraid you won’t like what you see. Let the flo...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    I should be there with you. You know it. I should be by your side, Our fingers intertwined. A perfect little knot, One that somehow came undone. I should be safe, Wrapped in your warm embrace, Bundled in your caring arms, You holding me close to your heart. I should feel it beating, Beati...
  • Poetry > Song Lyrics
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    Don’t hold my hand if you plan on letting go, Don’t kiss me if you’ll need to breathe, Don’t hug me if you won’t hold me forever, And don’t love me if it’s not true. You’re everything I want, but you barely see my love, I’m falling hard for a boy who doesn’t get how I feel...
  • Fiction > Romance
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    This story contains a homosexual relationship, and liberal views on homosexuality, including characters being offended by the view that homosexuality is a choice. I do realize that there are people who hold this belief and who would be offended by this story. That is NOT my intention. I do not wish ...
  • Fiction > Sci-fi/Fantasy
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    Light streams in from the spaces between the many leaves of the forest. I feel unsafe here. It’s not what I’m used to. I am used to the open spaces of the sky, or the plunging seas, in both of which I am free. Here, I am trapped, with no space for my wings, and I keep hitting my halo on trees. S...
  • Poetry > Haiku
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    Taunts and teasing start, The dam breaks, and her tears flow. She feels so worthless. Why do they do it? Why do they love to bully? Do they like her pain? "No one wants you here," Was written on her locker, So she'd remember....
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    You're beautiful. You're worthless. I love you. I hate you. How could anyone say you're annoying? I just can't stand you. I'll always be here for you. I don't want to talk to you. I want to make you feel special. I want to tear you down. You can trus...
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    I tear out a tear-stained page, With its smudged ink that once said words, Empty promises devoid of real meaning, That I wish I'd never heard. You said that you'd love me forever, You promised you'd always be there. I clung to your plastic words tight, Hopelessly oblivious, una...
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    Every step has been so careful, cautious. I could've sworn the mountain beneath my feet would crumble at any moment. But it didn't. I climbed. I climbed. I climbed for so many months. I slipped, stumbled, and slid, But still I never fell. Now, I look around. Nothing. Nothing but ...
  • Hot Topics > Bullying
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    I can't describe how it felt. My blood ran cold and tears started to well in my eyes as soon as I saw it, but I cannot portray or explain the pain and hopelessness that I felt when I saw their message. I guess to some extent I always knew that was how they felt, but to see it written in blue in...
  • Hot Topics > Bullying
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    Screaming louder than words, Looking at those who define me. Their words, knives to my skin. And I just sat there and took the pain, Silent. Staying strong at first, A skyscraper versus a hurricane, Slowly I started to sway, And then started to fall, Silent. To them, I was just another tar...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    Standing by your side, in your arms, I know that what I feel is love. I feel my heart expand like a balloon, And release in the form of giggles. But when we’re apart? It hurts. It pains. It aches. I miss him. I want him. I need him. And worst of all, I start to question everything. Is wha...

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