anemoia (#words)

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WtW's resident "the cool cousin you see once a year, but the conversation you guys were having a long time ago picks up where it left off without missing a beat" (says rosi willard)

Child of God
logophile
volleyballer

Female

Message to Readers

Anything you glean from this, anything you see, feel, hear, envision—I want to know. Love you all!

The Same Way

October 16, 2020

FREE WRITING

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All these people.
People I’ve laughed with.
People I’ve yelled at, talked about in annoyance. Rolled my eyes about.
People I’ve talked with, and they seemed happy. Joyful, even.
People I’ve judged wrongly.

I’ll never look at them the same way again.

Their stories, captured in six words, tell me everything and nothing.
For all I know I still know nothing. 
But it’s a different kind of nothing now.

I’ll never look at them the same way again.

They brush it off, but this is only a scratch on the surface.
Their humor, their antics- all a facade for what they hide. Have to hide.
They get in trouble, run their mouths, and talk trash. All a disguise that’s easier to wear.

I’ll never look at them the same way again. 

So many secrets, such pain, such loss.
A cloud over their lives of which I never felt the shadow or the rain.
Hardships befall all, but they appeared to have none. Now I know better.

I’ll never look at them the same way again.
 
Did this bring to mind anyone? Anyone you know you've misjudged and yet can't bring yourself to understand? It's okay.

Also: for all my poems, I have specific fonts, layouts, colors, and artwork that goes with the theme. So the aesthetic aspect will be lacking.

I actually wrote this in 7th grade after everyone in my class had to write six word memoir for English (which is incredibly difficult, by the way). While some students wrote memoirs without any meaning, some wrote memoirs so deep that I teared up when we went through the slideshow of writing as a class. Some people were raw and honest in theirs. Others— well, if the revelation that "water is wet" is raw and honest...

Who will you never look at the same way again?

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2 Comments
  • Emi

    This is so relatable. I've always felt terrible for misjudging people and then realizing they're so broken.


    7 months ago
  • queenie

    re: pssssst this is a really good piece
    psssst- you didn't hear it from me, but i'm 97% sure I'm gonna continue "The Plant Prince" with Lu, Ezra + company

    Thank you so much for your kind words. You are truly a sweetheart

    -~isa~


    7 months ago