Luminescent

Canada

he/him

"Writing is the best way to talk without being interrupted."
-Jules Renard

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Instruction Manual

April 5, 2021


Light pink melted onto a powder blue sky,
fusing with the fuchsias and indiscreet reds.
See the orange sun as the centerpiece
when it sets, as a mother sets down her baby
on the softest of beds.
See the details on the clouds before they fade away.
It’s as if God painted the sky himself.
So beautiful you could cry; so mesmerizing that you try with your outstretched arm to touch this real-life painting.
Feel the cold air on your fingertips
that makes your body shiver.
And suddenly, it’s just you and the sunset.

I wish I could tell you that feeling is real.
But it’s not.
I wish I could tell you that you’ll be fine.
But I don’t know the answer.
I wish I could warn you of people who will put you down;
Who will put down the ones you love.
I wish I could tell you to have emotions and not bottle them in.
I wish I could give you an instruction manual.

An instruction manual that would far exceed society's.
It wouldn’t tell you to be yourself as long as it approves.
Or have a mind of your own but shape it to our views.
It wouldn’t tell you that you can have emotions but you just can’t cry.
It wouldn’t tell you to lose weight or gain weight because it’s your life.
And it wouldn’t tell you what pretty and handsome are supposed to look like.

I won’t say that life is terrible
Because sometimes it’s so phenomenal and grand,
Like you’re seeing the world through a pair of multicolored glasses.
You see every color of the rainbow and suddenly, you let go of any trouble in your life.
But they will come back and they will try to ruin you.
But if you had an instruction manual, you would know how to get ready for them.

They say if life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
But they don’t tell you where to get the sugar or where to get the water.
They say to make lemonade but they only give you the sour.
If I could give you an instruction manual,
it would tell you that if life gives you lemons,
take a seed and grow a tree to give you shade from the UV rays of society’s empty speech.
They’ll call you a coward, I will call you brave.
If life gives you lemons, take all the seeds you can get and grow a forest.
And anyone who calls you less than average,
give them some lemons and let them figure out how to make lemonade.
And that, that is one of the few things you’ll ever have full control of.

If I could give you an instruction manual, it would tell you to breathe.
Breathe.
You need to learn to breathe
because life is going to hit you hard in the chest and you’re going to try to catch your breath
but you’re going to struggle
so you need to practice now
how to use your lungs so that when the time comes,
you won’t forget to breathe.

That feeling that makes your body shiver,
I wish I could tell you that feeling is real.
It’s not.
But there will be moments where you’ll feel pretty close.

I don’t have an instruction manual.
I have experiences and disappointments
with the occasional enjoyment of life.
I don’t have an instruction manual.
But I have this poem,
and I want you to use it.

Use it to remind you to love yourself
Use to remind you to not put your trust in man. Use it to remind you to protect yourself from society’s UV rays
Use it you remind yourself to breathe when people want to see you suffocate.
The person who said you won't survive in this world, tell them they were wrong.

I don’t have an instruction manual,
but if I did, you know what it would tell you?
It would tell you that even if the sunset is just a painting,
never stop trying to touch it.
Never stop dreaming.
Never stop believing.
Never stop surviving.
Because if you do, you’ll never get to write a poem for someone else.
This poem is to the future generation. Those after me. I will be submitting a video in the near future.

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2 Comments
  • ~wildflower~

    Oh wow, this is just wonderful! The kind and somber tone perfectly accompanies the multitude of wise words, and the ending is beautiful. This was my favourite part: “ it would tell you that if life gives you lemons,/take a seed and grow a tree to give you shade from the UV rays of society’s empty speech.”


    about 1 month ago
  • ArtCat

    Woah! This poem kind of left me breathless :D I love the message you're getting across!


    about 1 month ago