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  • College
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    “It’s not easy turning into smoke.” My sixteen-year old eyes glossed over the words, cross legged in the poetry section of a Barnes and Noble that I had begged my father to take me to while we were in Newington. There wasn’t one in Portland anymore, and the Borders had closed down. In its pl...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    You touch my hands with your corpse fingers, and look at me with dead eyes. You say you understand what it’s like to fight to stay alive but you've given in, my dear. I keep looking at your face in old photographs, watching you die in slow motion. Did I not love you enough, when y...
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    I am Lost in the wind Somewhere between the notes That the Smiths Brought to life one Lonely night Listening to my father's Old albums and humming quietly along. I am pieces of you And of me And of the earth The sky Painted blue Doesn't do it any justice I found me Somewher...
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    I want to be Unconventionally beautiful. I want to sit by the window And read great books Just for the simple pleasure of it, And I want to wear sweaters And drink green tea Watching the sun go down. I want to Learn to play the ukulele And write love songs With beautiful words That ma...
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    I fell in love With the way you Wear your hat on the back Of your head And lazy Saturdays Wrapped up in you With the faint noise Of the television droning In the background I fell in love With the way you always Kissed me hungrily Always wanting One more piece of me Than I was quit...
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    She was much too human much too often With porcelain skin And fountains of blood coursing beneath it Pumped through a heart That beat against her will Her body was utterly human From her frail wrists, dashed with hopelessness To her too-big hips Ringed with lonely nights ...
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    I am here with you But you don’t notice me You stare straight through my bones Tapping your fingers idly I’m right here I’m screaming “Why won’t you listen?” But you never flinch I am invisible I exist only in dead memories Pushed to the back of your brain As I fight for m...
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    I sit on the floor, staring straight ahead. My mind has so many things on it that it feels like none. I lean my head back against the wall a little too hard, and savor the pain that bubbles up around the back of my head. I blink blink blink six times, trying to erase the words that keep popping to t...
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    I sit by the window, watching the rain pound its fists mercilessly against the glass. I press my hand to it, allow the condensation to gather underneath my fingertips, and then let it drop to my side. It’s been months since we had rain, and the dead bunches of grass reach their arms to the sky and...
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    Your eyes Are painfully blank As you murmur Words That leave a Bitter taste In my mouth I want to reach in And rewrite All the beautiful Promises That have Disappeared on a cloud Of eraser shavings To make room For a Venus That I look Like a sad excuse For a girl Compared to ...
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    Insult to injury stabbed in the back Trying to escape with pride still intact Under the sleeves of her sweater they sit Gashes and bruises and scars from their hits Taunting and teasing and snarling alike What they don’t know is her life ends tonight One must be careful when dealing with...
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    I Childhood is tinged with The taste of popsicles And the feeling of Grass beneath your bare feet Running free The world hasn’t gotten To you yet You haven’t been poisoned With the controversy The hate The imperfection of your own species All you have Are blissful summers And satu...
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    Skank. The words slice her skin W***e As she sits On the bathroom Floor And weeps As the thick mascara Runs down And leaps From her cheeks To her tight T-shirt She’s so strong She pretends it Doesn’t even hurt...
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    It took all of my strength to get back up I had tripped and fallen such a long way Scraping knees and elbows all the way down Tree roots winding all around my ankles They would give anything to see me fall I will not give them the satisfaction I will make it all the way to the top My eyes are...
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    Pews gleaming wall to wall The air holds a heavy feeling of silence As I glance up from the holy book Heads all bowed, like they’re telling secrets Ones I’ve never been able to hear All I hear is silence Even as I screamed for you to answer me Where were you? The heavy cross at the front...
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    Long gone by the time I spoke my first words You still found a way to sit at my bedside every night as I cried my heart out Your music taught me that peace was possible You lulled the broken-hearted to sleep Their every feeling falling off your lips like their tears You were the light in t...
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    It’s human instinct From the time you Were born You had one Question inside of you You would do Or say Anything To answer it Am I pretty? You asked your daddy As you swirled around In your dress up clothes And your mom When you tried on her Makeup And Jewelry Am I pretty mommy? ...
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    “Only two things are in?nite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.” - Einstein For as long as there has been Earth and people to inhabit it, people have been stupid. They’re stupid now, and will continue to be stupid long after the rest of us are res...
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    It’s darker than usual tonight, I noticed as I walked through the peaceful streets of my neighborhood. I walked to clear my head, so I could think straight. I always had and I had a suspicion that I always would. Something about the streets at night cleared my mind, and for just a moment, it becam...
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    "Forever." Ethan whispered, forehead-to-forehead, face so close that I could make out the specks of gold in his brown eyes. As we stood there in the mid-July sun, cut off from the civilization on just the other side of the trees, I knew I was in love. Not fake love, the kind that you hear ...
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    No matter how many times it happened, the first time was always the most memorable. Stuck in my head like an overplayed song, permanently burned into my memories, killing everything that it touched. The fear that choked me and left me speechless; that feeling of confusion on why somebody that had cl...
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    My toes grip the ledge as I lean back against the building, fear pounding in my chest. I look down below, clutching the wall behind me for dear life. Cars race by below me; I'm so high up that they're hardly bigger than my fingertip. The sounds of New York City surround me. Car alarms and ...
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    A single second can change a life. One blink, one movement. One word, and it's all over. Years working up to it, hoping you'd make it, being raised and doing the best you could; over. A flash; you might not even have time to catch your breath. That's how I felt that fateful Novembe...
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    The bright, late-June sun shone through the tinted windows of the bus as we drove through the thick wilderness surrounding us. Cass sat beside me, brown hair in a ponytail that was falling out and hazel eyes closed. She was sleeping like a rock, and had been for the past hour or so. Her backpack was...
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