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April 18, 2019
 

The Estrangement Of The Mentally Ill

he paced back and forth with a sweater two sizes too big and wore jeans that had been passed down since the sixties. his hands were shoved in his pockets so forcefully that they hung just below his hips. a nurse sat at the station where she could overlook all the loonies. the door swung open and all eyes were on the newly admitted patient. she took a seat far from everyone else, as if somehow she would perish in the corner. he desperately tried not to glance in her direction, but soon found himself sitting in the seat next to her. at the beginning, he just sat there fidgeting. after a few mental conversations, he built up the courage to make eye contact....

HOPE BATEMAN
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April 18, 2019
San Antonio, United States

Dear Day He Died,

i don’t remember if there were dogs barking, birds chirping, or how hot it was outside. all i remember is my world slowly toppling over as i went from worried to trembling with terror. i have never again felt that agonizing sensation that flooded through every pore causing such chills, that momentarily i thought i was dead with him. the mind has ways to protect us from certain pains. my brain thought it best to stop functioning. i returned to kindergarten grammar and even started throwing a tantrum. had it not been for my parents calling for me to open the door, i probably would have continued to react in the infantile manner. each step i took seemed to last an eternity. i...

MAKE IDEAS HAPPEN
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April 18, 2019
San Antonio, United States

Dear Strange New Me,

nothing was the same but i guess change was inevitable. i felt like i was the same but i knew that wasn't true. i had isolated myself for so long that i wasn't even a blurred reflection of the person you knew. i would be so much more if i hadn't screwed up...and i'm talking about the first mistake i ever made. if only i could remember the moment it all went wrong then i could move on, or perhaps i just tell myself that. i lay in bed and try to sleep. thoughts racing through so fast i can't remember what i was just thinking. she lays next to me but she no longer has feelings for me. i long for closeness but she turns her back. i ignore her ingenious form of cruelty and p...

INTO THE UNIVERSE
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April 18, 2019
San Antonio, United States

Dear Best Friend,

our friendship is like no other, in the cold you are my cover, we create worlds with our art, and live in them when we're apart, you are my cushion when i fall, when i'm in trouble you're my only call, without you in my life i'd be alone, your company always feels like home

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POOJA WAHANE SUBMISSION
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April 17, 2019
San Antonio, United States

Dream On
on the last day of high school, my english teacher asked me to wait outside of class. she assigned a quiz to the rest of the students but joined me in the hall for the remainder of the hour. we sat on the bench that was adjacent to the library. at first, we just sat there, no words, no movement...just sat in silence. i thought about my first day and how she smiled at me as if she knew me. perhaps we were acquainted in another time in a far off land...someplace, where the age gap was insignificant to us. we existed solely to compliment each other...not to satisfy social norms. this all raced through my head. then she placed her hand on the bench next to my leg. instantly, her moveme...

SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW
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April 17, 2019
 

When darkness comes
remember you are resilient.
You will find your way
by the moonlight.

Raquel Franco

WRITE YOUR OWN STORY
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April 17, 2019
Athi River, Kenya

We are all living, breathing books just dying to be read!
Tell your story!

WRITE YOUR OWN STORY
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April 16, 2019
San Antonio, United States

Erratic Mentation
i never want to sleep until final rest arrives at my door, knocking like solicitors advertising the meaning of life and the word or christ and his beliefs. this is just practice for when i'm ready. every ounce of creativity is being sucked from my inner being. i can no longer write. i am no longer right. dark feelings of misery and pain begin to emerge from places long forgotten and i question why they even exist. were they dormant in the infant that used to smile at the world? were they passed on by my co-author? if so, did he know what he was contributing? did he inherit it from his mother or father? has the entire family tree been poisoned? bearing nothing but rotten fru...

THE SUN
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April 16, 2019
San Antonio, United States

Tormented With Ambiguity
morning is here but the sun isn’t out yet. i gasp for air and reach for my journal to quickly write down my dreams, before i forget. last night i couldn’t sleep. shadowy delusions were chasing me. i sought shelter in an abandoned building but every flight of stairs offered new phantoms. when i closed my eyes i woke to another frightening illusion. i was powerless to these dark visions but i continued to outrun them. i told myself to get up and stop these nightmares at once, but i couldn’t. the further i ran, the more daunting each hallucination grew. i couldn’t see who i was so afraid of but the fear was so intense that i had to keep moving. my legs stopped working ...

THE ORBIT STAMP
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April 16, 2019
San Antonio, United States

LIVING A DREAM I NEVER HAD

i woke up to a dark room i didn't recognize. i felt immediately that i was going to be attacked. i was shaking from fear and my heart was pounding in surround sound. as my eyes were adjusting to the obsidian room, i scurried to my feet and blindly searched for the door. as i found the knob i felt someone standing behind me. i quickly swung the door open and just as the light entered the room...i woke up, again. this time i was safe in bed. i was about 5 or 6 when i first had this dream and i've had it repeatedly over the years. tony (my brother) was about 6 or 7 and i remember thinking, as i sat there in bed, that if i could just see his face that i would be ok. ...

STAY TRUE, BE ORIGINAL, BE YOU
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April 16, 2019
Moca, United States

Que semana tan espectacular. Si no fuera tan drenante me encantaría que todos mis días fueran como los que he tenido todos estos días.

MAKE IDEAS HAPPEN
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April 16, 2019
San Antonio, United States

Dear Bachelors/Bachelorettes,

THERE ARE NO FISH LEFT IN THE SEA

i'm hitting the single life the way one should...one night stands here and there but i've realized that the only reason they are one night stands is because the majority of these women are just looking for that lesbian fling they forgot to take advantage of in college. so i'm doing my duties as a very honored member of the lesbian/queer community. the sad thing is as much as i should be enjoying it...i'm not. i leave without even saying the lame one linter "i'll call you" because they don't want to hear that and i sure as hell don't want to say it. don't get me wrong, all woman have a certain appeal, but i don't know them lo...

FRIENDS
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April 16, 2019
San Antonio, United States

Dear Youths,

when life doesn't suit you...wear jeans.

to be a teen in the 90s was very liberating, well for most kids it was.  no matter what music you listened to or what clothes you wore you were considered alternative. i mean there were guys with long hair having lunch with ghetto thugs who had neck tattoos. then you had cheerleaders that were coloring their hair purple and wearing baggy pants while kids became popular for being able to maneuver a string from their nose through their mouth for no other reason but attention, when in fact just 2 years prior those same kids were being teased for doing the aforementioned act that was now making them popular. music was just as liberal as ...

LOVE IT
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April 15, 2019
San Antonio, United States

my eyes will only work when i'm dreaming, which means i'm in another world. i'm actually blind in when i'm completely me. so when i wake up able to see i know that i'm not the same me. no one believes me that i've traveled through time. i've lived many lifetimes and met many kinds of beings. there is even a world where language is as useful as a flea on a banana. we have the ability to live within our dreams but we are sometimes locked out of our happiest world to keep us under control. i woke up today like any other day but a part of me remembered the visions that haven't happened yet. i'm not sure if all is already lost and i'm just dreaming this and this is just a memory or if i still ha...

ENDLESS STARS
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April 15, 2019
San Antonio, United States

Dark Skies In The Afternoon

i crawled into my bed and let my conscience be my guide but i was misled because i'm still lost. you see, my future was in the palm of my hand. so i balled up my fists and tried to squeeze it to death but i failed miserably. i've been so obsessed with being depressed that i willingly bathe in the sea of darkness and negativity. there's a void in my chest that measures galaxies wide and everyday i wake wishing i wasn't alive. 

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DREAMS
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April 15, 2019
San Antonio, United States

every night i lay down and close my eyes wishing that i won't wake up. the false sanity drugs no longer work and maybe they never did. sometimes i stay up for a few days so i don't have nightmares. they are so realistic that when i do wake up, i momentarily believe that what happened on May 19, 1999 was an elaborate setup by the authorities to catch criminals. my brother didn't die. he's still alive and in witness protection. once in a while, he's allowed to visit one person, and he always visits me. it feels so good to see him smile and laugh. i don't remember his voice. all of this happens in less than a minute. although i enjoy seeing him while i sleep when i wake up i look around and no...

FACE TO FACE
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April 15, 2019
San Antonio, United States

an unplanned expedition and too many mental agitations. nothing feels right because everything is no more. all i feel is not real. maybe taking those extra sleeping pills is keeping me in this unknown state. it is all a mystery. i can hear my mother telling me she's proud of me. what is she so proud of? i have always fucked up. i was hardly a good kid and still she smiles when she sees me. i think she sees someone that doesn't exist or maybe she thinks i still have a chance to change. i’m not an educated or successful person. i have always been a failure and i’ve accomplished nothing and still she smiles when she sees me. when we were kids, she would tell us that we could be anything we wan...

PHOENIX
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April 15, 2019
San Antonio, United States

the sound of thunder is just a man dragging the trash can across street, tomorrow i will forget today so it doesn’t matter what i do or say, someone opened the doors to let the light in, while i was on the couch all night crying, i’ll pick up the pieces of my vague memories and watch as birds fly by in the cool gentle breeze, forgotten moments in the time that has passed, little things remind me of the darkened past, my memory is better than others’ because of the murder of my sweet brother, i knew the secret to life, or at least i thought i did, but it was so brief i forgot it again. so, it's the first time i've been out since my last incarceration. my friend asked me to join her at a venu...

MONKEY SONGS
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April 15, 2019
San Antonio, United States

the trek to your love begins before the existence of time. the flame of your passion ignites when you look into her eyes. slowly you melt with her into the darkness and the light. you engage in an explosion of ecstasy as your bodies strike. the fusion of your souls sends infinite love into flight. eternal beauty radiates past the sun’s rays and the moon’s light. a world emerges where love lives and never dies. a place where sorrow smiles and happiness cries.

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STAR EXPLODING
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April 15, 2019
Ciudad de México, México

Te quiero besar despacito, para prolongar  más que se pueda, esta desesperante urgencia de amarte…
Quiero besarte sin prisa, deteniendo el tiempo…
Quiero besarte con desesperación, a mordidas, a lengüetazos, dejando huella…
Quiero besarte con fuerza, destrozado todos tus miedos…
Quiero besarte en la parte más sensible de tu cuerpo y en el lugar más vulnerable de tu alma…
Quiero besarte sin hablar…
Quiero que platiquemos a besos…
Quiero besarte sin parar…
Quiero detener el tiempo en un beso…
Quiero besarte acostados, sentados y hasta volteados…
Quiero besarte los labios como si fueran tu boca…
Quiero besar tu boca de tal forma que tus labios sientan celos…
Quiero besarte a escondidas…
Quiero b...

BITE YOUR LIP
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