Emma16

United States

Hello! Some things about me are that I:
Love classical books (War and Peace, the Odyssey, Emma, etc.)
Love singing & playing piano
and I love sleeping (who doesn't?)

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“Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.”
-Winston Churchill

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Emma16 (United States) published:

A Thousand Years

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I spent a thousand years wrapped in a blanket
Under the sweet assurance of midnight 
The only time when the perilous heat retreats
If only temporarily. 

I spent countless noons sitting on a bench
On the edge of the colorful purple playground
Where all my classmates ran around each other
While I ran around the emptiness inside of me.

Puzzling out the numbers in my math homework
I had always struggled with the idea of fractions
How can I possibly...

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about 1 month ago

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Emma16 (United States) published:

A Black and White Antique

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James I know what the stars screamed
As you fell from heaven in a raging dust storm
Angel! Angel! Beware of the humans 
Who make their home on the edges of hell. 

Angel! Angel! Like a painting in a theater, you soar
Beneath the floorboards of the ballet studio
Trampled on by millions of little boys and girls
With pink tutus, black leotards, and rosy cheeks. 

Angel! Angel! When your soul has fled to hell
Where then does your bloodlust...
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about 1 month ago

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Emma16 (United States) published:

What is Death to You?

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What is death to you? I am asking the question
So many have voiced to the shadow of night
In an attempt to put a face to this cruel mystery
That comes and goes with reckless abandon.

Can death be dismissed as a mere fantasy
Found in the dusty pages of old books?
Is it a plot device invented to elicit fear and sorrow
From readers bored of the same old tropes?

Or is it as real as the cold...

Seeking Peer Reviews

about 2 months ago

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Emma16 (United States) published:

It'll Be Alright

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It’ll be alright, he says 
After eighteen months apart
Had turned into five years
Five years, I say.

Take my hand, he says
Why should I? I say.
I’m leading you to the future
Your future, he says. 

You are my future, I say
Hand resting on his cheek
A gesture from happier times
Conspiring under the stars.

I was your future, he corrects
You can’t keep clinging to me,
Hoping I’ll show you where you need to go. 
You...

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3 months ago

Emma16 (United States) liked Roll in the Grass and Stare at the Sky by Emma16 (United States)

3 months ago

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Emma16 (United States) published:

Roll in the Grass and Stare at the Sky

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Being sixteen 
Is like a clap of thunder
The gun shot just before
The race begins.

It’s all excitement, all pressure
The constant grind
To transform from a piece of coal
Into a diamond. 

When you’re sixteen
You’ll follow hurricanes
In hopes of catching a rainbow
But only end up wet.

When you’re sixteen, you’ll want
To lie down in the grass
Because the sky is so beautiful
And you're afraid it won’t last.

You’ll wander in the woods
Instead...

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3 months ago

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Emma16 (United States) published:

Everyone Likes Mac'n'Cheese

PROMPT: Food Writing Competition 2020

    When I was 3 years old, my family moved to Japan. My father, a doctor in the Navy, was stationed at Yokosuka, a small naval base about an hour away from Tokyo. I don't remember much about Japan, but the one thing I remember clearly is the mac'n'cheese. 
    That seems strange, because Japanese chefs are known for sushi and rice dishes, not American food. But there was an military-owned American-style hotel in Tokyo that my family visited often,...

3 months ago

Emma16 (United States) started following BizzleWrites (Australia)

3 months ago

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Emma16 (United States) published:

They Say When You're 16

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They say when you’re 16 
Life is a golden haze 
Parties, cheap beer, 
And falling in love.

They say when you’re 16 
Life is a stress-filled haze 
Textbooks, flashcards 
And tests every day of the week.

They never said how confusing it is. 
That everything I know 
Only seems to highlight 
What I don’t, and can’t know.

Being 16 is like drawing a picture
Without eyes to see 
What is it you’re creating, 
Where it is you’re going.

Being 16...

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3 months ago

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Emma16 (United States) published:

Why Do We Hate Ourselves?

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I’ve always wondered
Why I hate myself.
Has my self-loathing 
Always been part of me?

Is it a recent development?
A pollution of pristine waters
By the carelessness of people
Putting their whims above my needs?

The voices in my head,
Where did they come from?
Who was in charge
Of designing my demons?

Whoever it was, they knew
Exactly what to do to destroy me,
To make my self-hatred
A core principle.

Everything I do or am
Becomes something...

Seeking Peer Reviews

3 months ago