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the life of an american teenager



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Thanks for the compliments! The half hourglass was entirely unintentional, so thanks for pointing it out - I'm definitely going to make it more defined in rewrites.
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april 21st, 2020: 100%

as january left
and february arrived,
i started counting the
passage of time.

every moment
was a statistic--
an increase in
a percentage
that reminded me
i was still surviving.

now we’re
almost at 100%.
i can’t remember
the last time
i typed a number
into my calculator
and divided it by
fifteen.
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april 23rd, 2020 - part i - automation

i’m the means
to an end--
constantly computing
numbers that hold
no value.

i run analyses
and document
in double-spaced,
twelve point font
the answers to
the queries of
my professors.

i’m an overly complex
search engine
compiling a list of
useful websites
that are useless
to my digital eyes.

my systems are
overheating but
the deadlines
are still approaching.
and you only care
about losing your progress
when a computer
suddenly shuts down.
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april 23rd, 2020 - part ii - white flag

my white flag
sits folded in my lap.
i’ve never had to
hold it high above
my head
and admit that
i have failed.

but this enemy
is harder than
the ones i’ve
faced before.
the troops are numerous
and too sophisticated
for my ragtag,
makeshift ideas
to handle.

if i surrender now,
i face the worst kind
of defeat: admitting
to the enemy
that i am worthless.
a low grade is just
a sign of casualty,
but i know i won’t
recover if my enemy
claims victory.
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april 25th, 2020 - part i - adulthood

you used to countdown
the days until
your next birthday
but you had to
check google to know
it’s two weeks and six days
until you turn nineteen.

may 15th is no longer
a celebration.
it’s a little pick-me-up--
something to make you
smile after your last exam
finally ends.

your parents remind you
that your birthday
is coming
but when they ask you
what you want
you realize
the mental list you
rewrote every year
is suddenly blank.
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april 25th, 2020 - part ii - retellings and reclamations

call it humility,
but you can never
find embarrassment in your
past creations.

they are shaped by
familiar clay in
your own hands--
even if they weren’t
as steady as they
are now.

and when you decide
that you like those
old creations too much
to leave them up
as dust-ridden
decorations,
you break them down
and work them
into your next piece.
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april 26th, 2020: fire

you’ll get burned
if you stand too close
to the fire,
but my face was alive
with pain the moment
the first flames
sprung to life.

i wanted warmth--
a shelter from
the cold air
pressing against
too-thin clothes
and bare skin.

now my nerves
are dancing
as heat races across
my flushed cheeks.

i try to escape
back into the cold,
but my cheeks are
still red and burning.
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Mon Apr 27, 2020 3:20 am
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Spoiler! :
Your April 24th poem, part i - adulthood, was so touching. I see a lot of myself in that piece, as my 20th birthday is coming up in June (which is more than a month out, but that's beside the point) and I've definitely lost the excitement for birthdays that I used to have. And considering the situation we've all been in for a while now, having a birthday doesn't feel like it used to (at least for me).

All of your latest works are lovely, and I'm glad to see you're still pushing through. Just 4 more works, you've got this! :)
And I love the thought of being with you,
or maybe it's the thought of not being so alone.


  





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Spoiler! :
Thank you for your compliments, @mckaylaam! I really need to get around to commenting on your latest poems soon, too. :)
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april 27th, 2020: the end

hours spent pouring over
musty old books
and dim tablet screens
linger after
the stories that consumed them
come to a close.

images of characters
i’ve come to love
and cherish
flicker in and out of
my mind.

the real world feels distant
as i mull over
a theory never proven
or disproven.

is a story really over
if it refuses to
your thoughts?
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april 28th, 2020: heroics and friendships

a year ago,
i wrote a poem
about how i only respected
a single hero--
my hero, the hero
that i discovered
before i saw him
swing across the big screen.

but that was before
a fateful walk
across campus,
the cool air biting
at our cheeks.
i didn’t understand
most of what you said,
but i nodded along
and listened to
a girl i knew
would be my
newest friend.

you taught me
that the beauty of heroes
is shaping the flawed
into your own creation.
and, more importantly,
the best heroes
are the ones
that your friends
help you
discover.
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Spoiler! :

you taught me
that the beauty of heroes
is shaping the flawed
into your own creation.

just...this. Jay, you're so talented. it's been a pleasure keeping up with your NaPo journey this year <3
"If you have
a painting in you, paint.
Just create it.
Banish doubt and fear
and step out of your own way.
Write if you're a writer.
Do what you were born to do.
--Toni Sorenson

  





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The 27th of April poem was beautiful! I see myself in it because I'm easily attached to the characters I've read from books! Love this lines in the poem:

the real world feels distant
as i mull over
a theory never proven
or disproven.


'cause this is me every time I finish a book
If you want some sweet reviews to your poems, short stories, and essays, come by Katteelog.

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Thanks for the compliments, @Clairia and @Katteex!! I'm happy that you both liked my poems. <3
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april 30th, 2020 - part i - digital library

i’m standing in the
depths of a library
that stretches farther
than my eyes
could ever see.
its shelves reach
towards the sky.

there’s no sense
of organization.
i can’t smell
the musty old books
or feel the satisfaction
of being the first
to open a new text.
it’s cold, empty
and the light burns
my sensitive eyes.

it’s a library in name alone.

but if i reach out a hand
and grab onto the
nearest book,
i somehow find
(almost)
exactly what i’m
looking for.
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