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I love reading and writing (obviously)
he/they, they/them preferred

"have I killed my thoughts right before their prime?
have I bit my tongue one too many times?
have I said it all the way I really meant to?"
~ben platt

Message to Readers

And all of a sudden, WtW is abuzz with activity. With defiant pieces blatantly disregarding the new writing guidelines (this piece DOESN'T). With writers apologizing that their contests, or q and a's or community challenges have been cancelled because of something that was out of their control.
Our dashboard has suddenly become clogged with likes of said pieces. With people crying out in the hopes that their voices are heard.

freedom in a bottle

July 9, 2020



they took me away from them
& bottled me up
& threw me in the river
where no one could find me

they watched as i struggled
& laughed in disdain
& walked away 
leaving me alone and drowning

i was once set free
& roamed the land happily
& visited everyone
for i had become happy

but i've been taken again
& hidden away
& locked in a plastic cage
struggling to breathe

they closed the cap
& watched me shrivel
& threw me in the river once more
not a care in the world

i want to be free (like my namesake says)
& touch everyone's life
& bring people life and security
yet i am locked away in a bottle

they've hidden me away 
& no one can find me
& no one has found me
but will you still try?

i'm still locked away
& i hope you can find me
& set me free
so i can grace the lives of everyone again

but they've hidden me well
& i'm hard to find
& it's a long journey
but would it help if i said it's worth it?
i'm publishing this after one draft because i don't want to edit it. 


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  • HelpMe512

    Replying: thank you so so much for your comment. I'm so amazed each and every time at how amazing and supportive you are. If it means anything to you, your comment really made me feel better about myself and had me crying (in a good way this time!). Seriously dude youre a life saver

    5 months ago