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-she/they ???
-bisexual, but like who knows really
-i love stars, bugs, and sad films. one day, i hope to see the aurora borealis :)
-please dont point out that i dont use capitalization in my writing. i know.

Message from Writer

I don't have much to say, but others do so have some nice quotes:
"Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground" -Teddy Roosevelt
"If one dream should fall apart and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again" -Flavia Weedn
"Everything that exists is born for no reason, carries on living through weakness, and dies by accident" -John-Paul Sartre
"There is no great genius without a touch of madness" -Aristotle
"Write drunk; edit sober." -Ernest Hemingway

wasting time

June 7, 2020


i know i shouldn't be writing this
i have too much time on my hands
i have too much time on my hands

the clock nearest to me ticks down the seconds
to remind me how much time i've wasted
not saving lives or solving world hunger

one second
another kid has lost his parents

two seconds
another man starves to death

three seconds
another baby drowns under the care of an unobservant mother

so many bad things i could have stopped
yet here i am
writing this

this poem wont save a single person
this poem wont clear the water supply of pollution
it probably wont even make anyone smile

but i cant do much
i sit here writing something useless
another man throws a bottle into the ocean

i am useless
a bad poem about how much time i am wasting even though i cant help it.

i'm so tired of everyone in my life telling me my writing is useless. i already know.

but i will practice, and i will get better, and someday my writing will help change the world.


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  • Eblinn

    I think about this so much. But we can't help everyone and everything, sadly.

    over 1 year ago
  • MazeRunnerGirl

    How can your writing be useless when it's this beautiful? <3

    over 1 year ago
  • black_and_red_ink

    Hi there. This is a wonderful poem. I found it very relatable and I'm sure others will too. I'm sure we all feel guilty when we waste time. This is why I found these lines very relatable: the clock nearest to me ticks down the seconds/to remind me how much time i've wasted/not saving lives or solving world hunger. It's really sad and frustrating to see how horrible the world is, how much people are suffering, and feeling hopeless because we feel like we can't do anything about it. But the truth is, we should be kinder to ourselves. Don't be so hard on yourself. It's hard for one person to make a difference. Your writing and your worth as a person aren't determined by how much you can change the world or how productive you are. And never feel like writing is a waste of time. Poets and artists can create beauty. and you have created a lot of beauty and meaning with this poem and all your other pieces. So it wasn't a waste of time. If you still want to change the world, that's awesome! Dream big! But be patient with yourself. Greatness takes time :) .

    over 1 year ago
  • Nopenoonehere

    Also everyone wastes time, like me, and many others! So it's ok

    over 1 year ago
  • Nopenoonehere

    i have too little time :(
    Anyway good job! This is a feeling I guess people can have, feeling that they could've done more, but well, there is always time/room for improvement!

    P.S No one is useless, they just don't know what they want to do yet!

    over 1 year ago