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    i wrote a book one day my call for help “assistance! assistance!” six chapters less than one hundred pages quick read it was a school project that drained me bankrupted me i wrote my experiences alcoholism suicide ed i— my family asks where it came from i could cut open my ches...
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    my mom asks ‘where are you in your writing’ and i want to scream i’m right here i’ve always been right here you’ve just been too afraid to turn the light on...
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    something inside of me died and i think that people are starting to smell the rot...
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    my father chose to return to a warzone after retirement from the military rather than be a parent to his only child and if that doesn’t tell you something about my state of being i’m not sure what will...
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    i guess i’ve always been just waiting for someone that would let me cry without question and i’m only now realizing that that person is myself if only i didn’t loathe myself...
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    here’s what’s really sad: i am part of a group of seven and no one tells me anything, and i find out information secondhand, at twelve am because we’re too tired to filter; everyone splits into pairs sabbie and slexi and alarah and i sit in the dark on a basketball court dressed as ...
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    i’ll scream it from the nearest rooftop and i’ll paint it in all the breaking points i’ve broken at i don’t want to be saved but i don’t want to be alone anymore...
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    it’s a giant metaphor and i can’t articulate my thoughts into words and i can’t make you see it all like i do...
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    her right hand leads him to a tiger as ferocious and as deadly as her love for him has proven she thinks he knows and she thinks he would have wanted to live but so would she … her right hand leads her to a tiger...
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    her right hand leads him to a woman that is not her and when that woman-not-her emerges she falls knees cracking against stone eyes wide and face wet with tears never meant to be shed for a boy from a lower class her father gives her a look puzzled by the show of unnecessary emoti...
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    i’m not good with words or hearts so i write things that are hollow but no one listens anyway or even sees the empty air behind it because i am a drop in a bucket and the bucket barely makes a splash when it hits the ocean...
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    Maybe I’ll go the way of the Woolf and learn to swim half-heartedly, stones in my pockets, and Red Riding Hood safe in the woods at last. And you’ll hate me for it years later, and you’ll just want a reason. But I have a million reasons. And none of them are good enough to say....
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    1 and here lies the girl that was strong until words wore away at her walls of stone maybe next time— fool me once shame on you fool me twice— maybe next time— 2 and here lies the girl that fell to her knees and prayed for sleep 3 and here lies the girl that wore b...
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    i owe you twenty seven dollars and a sweater with your sister’s college printed across the front i think it was a gift and i’m sorry that it’s still hanging in my closet worn when missing you threatens to drown me i owe you a goodbye because the last you saw of me i was boar...
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    And here lies the girl that was strong, until words wore away at her walls of stone. Like rain on the road, some woman will comment, eyeliner smudging below her lashes and lipstick faded from lunch. You’ll listen to her, barely and you’ll stare the marker-- All that’s left of ...
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    (Here stands the girl that asked for an audience with the king and was sent away, like a present deemed unfit and returned, gift receipt attached. You make that joke a lot and you don’t wait long enough to see me flinch. You tell me to leave a note, if I’m gone before you wake ...
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    my generation is careful with secrets and food and other people’s lives we’re only ever reckless with ourselves pill bottles and broken records contraband liquor and blades on skin will write our bad stories and our worse endings and celebrities and counselors and adults tell ...
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    how do i manage to be alone without the loneliness seeping into my bones my pores; filling my lungs and burning my throat i want to drink tea curled up by a rainy window alone but surrounded by people quiet but loud i’ve spent far too much time alone and quiet to go back now …...
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    to my friends old and new good and bad broken and whole i’m sorry i’m so bad at this and i’m sorry i don’t answer when you want to talk i’ve spent a lot of time in hell and i’m never quite sure if i’m about to be dragged back so i run fast and hard in the opposite dir...
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    when i say i suck as a person don’t correct me i don’t mean that i don’t deserve to live or that i would prefer death i just mean— i suck at being a person there are a thousand thousand people much better at peopling than little old me i’m unmotivated and decided...
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    shouldn’t i? mind my manners and bite my tongue because that’s what’s expected of nice girls my age because the world’s been good to me and kept me alive and safe or so i’m told because to me at least the world has refused to look at me and pushed me into a dark basem...
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    when you live in a fictional land you don’t live you exist you breathe and you cry and you feel more than you ever have in the real world you sit quietly in a corner and watch things go on the world turning around you on an axis too far to the left maybe someone sits next to you...
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    Unmarked and unbroken Your skin is the Smoothest I've ever Had the pleasure of touching Of running my fingers over No scars and no bumps Just miles of silk beneath The pads of my fingertips Some call you the angel And I the devil I call myself the book And you the binding...
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    sorry to the boys i’ve hurt and the girls i’ve screwed over and the toes i’ve trampled on and the hearts i’ve cracked (never broken— no, never broken) sorry to the people i’ve kept waiting because i’ve never been good with time sorry to the therapists i’ve scared off and t...
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    it’s an inevitable kind of hurt; one you’ve been expecting for quite some time. you clench your fists, until your nails break the thin skin of your palm. not three days ago, he had pressed a kiss into each, folding your hands closed gently. as if that could hold his love. save it for...

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