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Act like you're not
okay when you are and
that you are when you're
not. Run barefoot in
the snow. Stand out
in the rain for an hour
and think about anything
and everything you can.

Fall in love with
riddles and things that
aren't real and the
way some stars
shine. Cry when
you realize that life is
just one big sham and write
one hundred cliché poems
about it, and then write one
that you actually mean.

Use profanity. Be the
one fucking introvert
in a room full of
extroverts and scream
shit just for the fun of
it. Swallow every goddamn
metaphor you ever dreamed
of and write them down
with your own blood.

Eulogize your own
misery. Put a crown on
it and let it rule your
heart for six years before
you throw a coup d'etat
but just end up with
your head in a basket.

Ask yourself why
you feel so
empty and when
you forgot how to
laugh and where you
last left your smile and
who you even really are
anymore. Mean every word.

Don't cry at funerals. Cry
yourself to sleep every
other night for the
way you never felt right;
for the inescapable process
of growing up and how
you don't think you'll
ever be loved enough
to feel whole again. Forget
it all the next day.

Write it down. Write how
you don't know if you
believe in God and the
way no one ever understands
you and what it feels like
to be alone in the middle of
a crowd. Write it down and
then stand back and look
at yourself in the mirror one
last time and then

pretend you're a writer.
Inspired by *intricately-ordinary's piece "Before I Can Become a Writer," as well as others inspired by it, such as =ssolaris and =your-methamphetamine.

It's bad. I know. It's just a jumble of anything and everything. But I don't care. It felt good to write this down.
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tardisonameter Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Student Artist
This whole thing is wonderful and inspiring... and it melts into itself. I love that.
But the second verse is my absolute favorite.
It's wonderful how different people can relate to different parts!
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Geraniumpickle Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
Dang it... yep... yeah that's me XD
Great poem, beautiful wording.
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FAIRYTAIL1O1 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Student General Artist
i do most of this unsuprisingly
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123ooopo Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Alright, I kinda feel like you are predicting my life, I do almost every thing mentioned in this... I do not know HOW you do this, but I ghuess it's going to be a running gag for awhile.
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IGNITIONNINJA555 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderfully done, it makes more sense than some other shity poems I've read. I like how you said "pretend" instead of be. I want to say I can relate to it but I only , naturally, do half of this stuff.
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thisnerdgirl Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I love this. This is just pure truth in ways that I am not capable of, and in all honesty, this might just be one of my most favorite things on this website. Bravo to you, and may you one day realize that this is fantastic.Clap 
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ChaliceTheif Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Student General Artist
This the the most truthful piece of writing I have ever read. I applaud you. 
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LadyBitterblue Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
"Eulogize your own misery" sounds like something I do all the time... Happiness just keeps me from writing. And I love how you say "pretend", not claim this is the one true way to be a writer. The only thing all writers seem to have in common is the thought that their work isn't good enough... I'm glad you wrote this because I'll sure come back to read and enjoy it (and live by it, maybe?)
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DevianMONSTER Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This made me cry. Brilliant. This is not bad, it's painfully true and wonderfully written. I'm literally crying. Fantastic job.
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