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Lauren Nelson

United States

Intellectual and musician. Vegetarian. Sage/Creator. She/her. Intersectional feminist. INTJ/P. @therefore98
Just graduated! Music ed, oboe performance, and Spanish.
*Psalm 119:130 NIV*

Message from Writer

“I only know that learning to believe in the power of my own words has been the most freeing experience of my life. It has brought me the most light. And isn't that what a poem is? A lantern glowing in the dark.”
― Elizabeth Acevedo, The Poet X

Violin/viola/oboe/saxophone
piano/guitar/voice/etc.
Other interests include Genetic Sciences, aeronautics, and psychology. Ravenclaw.
I also enjoy writing music and poetry.
I have a puppy named Rosie and a fraternal twin.

Fave Reads:
The Hate U Give
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Tash Meets Tolstoy
Turtles All the Way Down
The Poet X
Cyrano de Bergerac
The Book Thief

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Lauren Nelson (United States) published:

On Leaving My Dog for College

PROMPT: Sijo

"I'm ready to move on", I said, over and over again
until long months turned to short weeks and the weeks turned to days;
How can I say goodbye to someone who cannot understand?
 

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3 months ago

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Lauren Nelson (United States) published:

Footprints

PROMPT: Song Writing Competition 2019

Chorus:
G                            D                     G
Will you remember me… when the light fades
G                            D                    C            D
Will you remember me… when the sun goes down
C               D
I may be a forgettable face
C                        G             D
Tell me that I’ve found my place
G                              D       ...
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3 months ago

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Lauren Nelson (United States) published:

The Absence of

PROMPT: On Courage

You act like I'm colorblind,
like a layer of 
Something
escapes me: I see everything
but never the same way

as you all seem to.
I'm always missing
Something
that you say means everything;
if that's so, then how am I

happy? Happy, until I start to wonder
if I'm I really lacking 
Something
that gives life meaning.
You won't let me just be

satisfied with the lenses through
which I see the world. Maybe
Something
is missing from my palette, but who...

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3 months ago

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Lauren Nelson (United States) published:

An Epic

FREE WRITING

I was considering putting a poem on the back of my AP Literature scrapbook page, which is our final assignment for the class. I asked a confidant which one from my portfolio would be best, and he replied that I could write a new one. I conceded that I wasn’t sure I’d have the energy, and his response made me think: “It doesn’t have to be an epic.” I think this represents a way in which we can view life...

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6 months ago

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Lauren Nelson (United States) published:

Assorted Vignettes

FREE WRITING

May 25, 2018:
The lights go down and scattered conversations dim to a murmur, then nothing at all. For a moment, it is silent; then, the music begins and the spotlight flickers on to illuminate a man standing center stage. “How does a…” and so it goes: the opening monologue of Hamilton, a quintessential modern musical that tells of our past, begins. I can’t explain the emotion that pervades the experience or the tears that form in the corner of...

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6 months ago

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Lauren Nelson (United States) published:

My Mixtape

PROMPT: Mixtape

"I'm Good" by The Mowgli's: the singer is content with their life as it is. They are "good with [them]self... good with [their] friends", and they need nothing more. They only seek to make the world a better, more loving place and are tired of living up to expectations. I believe I will be 'good' with myself, some friends, and a passion to carry me through life -- nothing more, nothing less. 

"Waving Through A Window" from Dear Evan Hansen: this...

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6 months ago

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Lauren Nelson (United States) published:

Ecclesiastes 3:5a "A time to gather stones and a time to cast away stones..."

FREE WRITING

The only openness I tend to is that of the mind.
I gather my secrets like
stones, an ever-present weight on my
crooked back -- another burden I keep under wraps. The ease
with which many feel compelled to spill their souls astounds me;
I wish the same heart of trust I would possess --
and for the best it may be:
is pain abandoned pain forgotten?
I can start small, shedding but
a few stones, arranging them 
into an...

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6 months ago

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Lauren Nelson (United States) published:

Ecclesiastes 3:2b "A time to plant and a time to harvest..."

FREE WRITING

The metronome's steady beat pounds in my 
head like waves beating on the shoreline, tempo
eroded into my mind over each and every hour.

I lean on the first note of every sixteenth note 
cluster, limping through my etudes, repeating
the pattern in every possible permutation. 

I watch the tuner's color oscillate almost
imperceptably between red and green, holding a
concert A until the needle stills before I move up the scale.

I take a shuddering breath through infected lungs, ...

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6 months ago

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Lauren Nelson (United States) published:

Generous Listening

PROMPT: #ListenFirst

What does generous listening mean to me?
It's almost midnight, and the blue light from my phone illuminates my face. I blink, trying to keep my eyes open as I watch those three dots on my screen. I'm tempted to respond to what I have already received, but I sense that there is more to be said. I can already sense how exhausted I will be in the morning, but what is an hour or two of sleep compared to the...

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6 months ago

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Lauren Nelson (United States) published:

Things I Wish I Did on a Regular Basis

PROMPT: Self-Respect

1. I practice without letting my mind wander, keeping the outside forces of distraction from tainting the quality of my efforts. I can tell that I have made progress, and I am satisfied with my efforts. 

2. I take a shower, brush my hair, wash my face, brush my teeth, and trim my nails. I do nothing to change my appearance, but simply bring it to a minimum of cleanliness. 

3. I do not insert myself as a mediator into...

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