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Anything that’s an escape from this arduous life

Has the potential to be a love of my life

Cruelty is limiting the freedom that brings pure happiness

Setting alarms deserves a do-over

Feeling a little vengeful and unhinged

On the weekends

 

Let’s make a plan and deviate from it entirely

Gamble with time at a casino where nobody wins or loses

 

What we do for fun brings rainbows to our heartbeats

Dancing and laughing through the streets

All the way home

The most intense pain arrives when it’s over

 

What if everybody was a leader?

Would the world be saved or end quicker?

Every group is outnumbered

Yet, there’s a sense of peace

Your life could be the number one movie in America someday

Imagine that

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Brave and Covered in Blood

The sound of silence can be deafening

Standardization was never enough to fix us

Chaotic good is my hero

Wearing white in hopes of being stained red

Blood red, cheered up with wine

Your closest family and friends aren’t that innocent either

Change is the devilish angel there is

Are you in or out?

 

Battle cry of the breakthrough battle

Previously hidden confidence

The sharpest sword is combining it with vulnerability

 

Take a piece of me

But it will always come back to me

Cut me open

And I’ll sew my own stitches

Spill my guts

I swallow truth until I’m broken enough

To break you

Strike you like a viper and you never saw it coming

 

Delicate, sensitive, but not weak

Stab my heart and I only get stronger

Play me for a fool

And I’ll prey on the predator

 

Sleeping Beauty became nightmare fuel

Suffocate me

And I learn to breathe more freely

Kill me

And I’ll haunt you for the rest of your life

And into the afterlife

The wicked deserve no rest

The damsel-in-distress always had dreams

I’ve always been so sweet and put together, right?

But everything is not what it seems

Pages

Abandoned bookshelves abandoning ship

Broken records are reminiscing

To go out or stay home begins to feel like a life or death decision

Even though it isn’t

 

Talk it up

The more words used, the more enlightening

If we ever feel better,

We could always feel like this

 

When did smiling start to feel like a chore?

Losing track of time without caring about caring

Not alone when I want to be and alone when I don’t

I’m older now and I don’t know how to feel about it

 

Sometimes, I want to run away

Just drop everything and find something life-changing

But I don’t want to feel like I’m running from something

A chance to fight a fear and win

We’re all so competitive and packing pride

We’re all so afraid and fragile

Losing sight of the end of the dream

 

You’re older now and you wish you knew how to feel about it

But there’s no instruction manual

So, we laugh at everybody’s contradictions

And fall apart when we run out of pages

Pedigree On Hold

Spirituality and convenient love or hate

Are not the same

For better or worse?

More like for “better”; against “worse”

The division gets longer

 

Flag prop

A dystopia slowly coming true

Push back and pivot

For the innocent daisies

Home of the brave

Derailing into being

So fucking phobic

So many corrupt food webs for destruction

 

Each individual with a different definition

Of “outcast”

Underdogs chastised for daring to step outside their label

The fake are praised for being real

While the real are degraded for being fake

 

Wants are often confused with needs

Empathy is put on the back burner

Uncivilized debates about beliefs

Politicians refusing to care about

The people they were “elected” to serve

Ms. Understanding

Don’t just say it

Do it

I’m not trying to rise up

For the hell of it

Somehow, I still check in on you

While I’m checking out

 

We birth new waves

And it’s not anyone’s choice but ours

If or when

I am strong

So, you do everything in your undeserved power

To break me

So that you can justify calling me weak

 

For god’s sake, we’re not saying we’re superior to you

In fact, superiority is the gender construct

We still care about you

We just want to be treated with the same respect and human decency

 

I shouldn’t be afraid to say no

I shouldn’t be afraid to walk alone

Wanting my feelings to matter

And be taken seriously

Are more important topics

Than your need for a punchline

There’s never been a good excuse

And there definitely isn’t anymore

 

I am just like you

And you are just like me

We are all victims and products

Of an unnecessary patriarchy

 

Love is not all about sacrifice

Listen to me when I listen to you

Tradition doesn’t equal truth

History shouldn’t be forever

How is our power a threat

When it’s rarely given a chance?

Ironic Devotion

We are told to discover who we are

We are told who we’re supposed to be

Shamed for every emotion

Scapegoated for every wrongdoing

Blocked from spreading our own wings

News bringing hope and hopelessness

Neutrally split

Feeling like we’re living just to live

 

Let’s try romance

But how much public proof

Is enough evidence for true love?

Hearts hurt

 

Learning can’t seem to take place

Without “I told you so”

A sense of wonder is beautiful

Until it conflicts with another’s sense of greed

Let children be children

You only need to teach them how to grow

 

Expectations aren’t valid

Unless they’re realistic

Why is a time limit

Placed on every little thing?

Warnings aren’t always visible

To the eye

You have to look deeper

Into everyone else and yourself

 

Passing the time until we die

Long live success though

We desire to be more than a gravestone

The flowers that return to bloom

Each spring awakening

Significant Archetype

I can’t please everyone

And I don’t have to

My soul jumped out

Now, the world will officially see

What rests beneath

Real is as real as real can get

Tired of the filtered truth

Do you know how to be authentic?

No fake positivity preaching

Just honesty

 

Not everyone can be the playwright

Not everyone can be the star

There are right and wrong ways to play

People like to throw away the Golden Rule

When it applies to someone other than them

 

I am not your trophy

I am not a gossip grape

I do not belong to anyone but me

I can do more in life

Than save and be saved

 

Some of you eat organic

Yet, behave so toxic

Some of you swear up and down

That you cared about them

Yet, when they needed you most,

You morphed into a phantom

Some of you want to be rich and/or famous

Yet, refuse to work for it

 

I know that I learn from my mistakes

Who I am online is who I am

In real life

Some people get offended

When they’re the ones that need to apologize