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Why I Write

March 8, 2018
By cat27 GOLD, East Peoria, Illinois
cat27 GOLD, East Peoria, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
"and the salt in my wounds isn't burning anymore than it used to. It's not that I don't feel the pain. It's just I'm not afraid of hurting anymore. And the blood in these veins isn't pumping any less than it ever has and that's the hope I have, the only thing I know that's keeping me alive." - Paramore (Last Hope)

They asked me why I always write,
I replied with a simple shrug,
But when they asked me to stop,
It felt as if my heart had been tugged,
It was as if someone had asked me to stop living,
It was as if someone asked me to stop breathing,
For I have no doubt that they think this constant writing is unhealthy,
But inside I am internally screaming,
For my poems are not happy,
And my stories are quite sad,
But I don’t get why everyone is confused,
Or why they think that this constant writing is bad,
If they would really read,
If they could read between the lines,
If they could breathe ink and graphite as I do,
I would no longer have to give relentless signs,
I am trapped inside a mind of words,
A mind that twisted words as an author’s mind should,
And sure I would stop writing,
But only if I could,

The author's comments:

I like to write a lot and I am frequently asked why I write so much. This constant question inspired this poem. Sometimes i am asked to stop writing and it is so hard to explain as to why I can not. Writing is like breathing. I need it to live and record all of my realizations at school and at home. Please leave suggestions on how I could possibly improve my poems. Thanks!

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