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musica est vita

probably not going to be publishing as much this month because of adjusting to a busier schedule + working on reviews for my contest, but i'll still be pretty active

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songs i've been listening to lately: "buttercup" by hippo campus, "when we drive" by death cab for cutie, "grow up" by paramore

lowercase is intentional.

lie on my epitaph when the dirt gets in my eyes

February 24, 2019


they say i'm not the center of the earth,
maybe i'll dig there with a frozen spoon
just to prove them all wrong.
when the dirt gets in my eyes and
leaks through to my head,
and i start to fall away,
i'll ask you to lie on my epitaph and say i made it:
it's hard to be optimistic when every voice i've ever heard
is cataloged somewhere behind my ears
and i drive myself up the walls and claw the roof down
twisting around to see who's calling me.
one day i'll wake up
wearing a crown of fingerprints round my neck,
and i'll know i'm a ghost but i don't think i'll care.
if my life were a book,
i could write essays on the symbolization,
and i'd chart it out like psychological astronomy---
you, for instance, would align somewhere between ego
and coping mechanisms. 

sometimes i think i'm just the same old primitive ape
wearing layers of societal coaching over my skin,
but that's alright; i'll forget it in the morning.
I know this seems like kind of a weird poem. It is. I don't really have an explanation for it. It was inspired by a line from Green Day's Jesus of Suburbia: "the center of the earth is the end of the world." Please, if you're going to like, comment as well! Feedback is much more useful than a gold star!


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  • -writinginhopesofsomeday-

    I'm amazed at the talent in this piece, and I hope the review (that should be coming through) is helpful!

    4 months ago
  • ElephantAirlines

    I love this so much! The writting evokes beautiful imagry. It's aesthetically pleasing in a "late at night thinking to ones self in a depressing manner" way.

    7 months ago
  • she's-got-a-story

    that title line asdfghjkl

    7 months ago
  • N.

    Every line in this is masterfully written, and "wearing a crown of fingerprints around my neck" is such an amazingly haunting phrase...

    7 months ago