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xjf Aug 8
A promiscuous note
floats across the table
I would conjure the answer, if I were able

Time strenuously stretched past comfortability
Yet I
know your fingers hold the agility
to reply in quickened fashion

Your hands lack the desired passion, they lack the action
A pen stroke holds the balance of hope
But all I got back from you was

Malia Jul 30
I donโ€™t believe in the ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฃ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜บ
Of love, of teenage love.

But you do.

When Iโ€™m around you,
When Iโ€™m ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ to you,
All the doubts disappear.

But when itโ€™s just me
I worry, ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ณ๐˜บ, ๐’˜๐’๐’“๐’“๐’š
That Iโ€™ll ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ you,
Iโ€™ll ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ต you,
Because you thought
That we were made of steel.

You donโ€™t ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ that our chances are ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ
Of being high-school sweethearts
That make it to the other side.

You donโ€™t ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ that when I think of our ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ,
We part ways and come back again.
You donโ€™t ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ that I think steel melts
And then can be reforged.

I donโ€™t ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ if I want you to.

I feel so ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ sometimes,
But I swear youโ€™re even more ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ
Than me.

I want to protect you.

But I donโ€™t believe in the ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฃ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜บ
Of love, of teenage love.

I donโ€™t believe in ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฃ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜บ.

But I believe in ๐’–๐’”.
Hmm anxiety sure makes for good poetry
Theanm Ankh May 25
I scream
My friends have moved on from my early death
At the age of seventeen
My graduation dress was a dream;
Never sewn, only glimpsed,
never seen.

Buy me a cassette,
Buy me a carousel
-Hold me close ma, hold me closer-
Buy me some time and a jet and I'll leave.
I won't pretend to be so mean.
I wouldn't pretend
to be so mean.
It's been a while. Here's something that made me think to think of you. It's a little wonky, things have been a little disjointed for me, but how have you been? We should hang out sometime. We should really reconnect.
Mrs Timetable Nov 2022
Hanging out
In your blind spot
You'll accidentally
Notice me
Anais Vionet May 2022
Leong and I are at a party, a graduating-high-school-senior throw-down. Their school year is over, and they are ready to darty. Weโ€™re at a lake house, well away from parents and neighbors.

These are the kids I high-schooled with - I just got promoted a year early. I get a lot of nods, waves and winks from some guys but none of them approach, like a mysterious inversion of attitudes has occurred - as if Yale were a nunnery and Iโ€™m a known novitiate. Itโ€™s just as well, Iโ€™m not looking for a hookup.

Itโ€™s Friday night, about 11:30 pm, the party started long ago and itโ€™s britney-spears-2007. There are drunk girls in the pool in their underwear (Ok, thatโ€™s just exhibitionism, who comes to a lake party without a bathing suit?).

Weโ€™ve been here for about a half an hour, long enough to dance a couple of times. Itโ€™s hot and weโ€™re sweaty but we canโ€™t swim - Leong and I are moon sisters tonight - itโ€™s our trauma bond. Our ad hoc solution, rubbing our arms and necks with ice, is congroovesive.

Leong is loving the bash, she keeps saying, โ€œcrazy,โ€ like when large football players jump from the second story roof into the pool. Itโ€™s a huge pool, a huge party (with maybe 150 kids), a sound system that Led Zeppelin would envy and the house is a beach.

Everett, the host for tonightโ€™s decadence, comes over and takes a seat by Leong and my lounge chairs. Heโ€™s a handsome guy, but thereโ€™s a cocky, entitled edge there thatโ€™s off-putting. He can be nice when heโ€™s not trying to impress anyone.

Thereโ€™s a break in the music. โ€œYouโ€™re traveling this summer, I hear - me too - what games will you be playing?โ€ He asks,
โ€œI have my switch with me,โ€ I say, โ€œit travels well - not the whole console mind you - that seemed too extra - just the switch. So Iโ€™ll be playing Animal Crossing and Zelda - what about you?โ€
โ€œOh, Iโ€™m gonna play Grand Theft Auto - It was my favorite as a kid,โ€ he says.
โ€œYou played GTA as a KID??โ€ I gasp, โ€œWhy has THIS never come up?โ€
โ€œI donโ€™t know.โ€ He admits
โ€œHow did your parents let you have that?โ€ I ask, astonished.
โ€œMy dadโ€™s the one who turned me onto it,โ€ he confides, โ€œhe wanted a partner.โ€
โ€œNo wonder you love ******* music!โ€ I say, making new connections.
โ€œI DO.โ€ He laughed. โ€œYou do,โ€ I confirm, knowingly.

He holds a bottle of deep red something near my glass and raises his eyebrows.
โ€œYou can gas me up,โ€ I laughed, โ€œIโ€™m not driving, Iโ€™m ok with it.โ€
Leong holds up her glass as well and he pours generously into our Sprites.

โ€œWhat song can I play for you?โ€ He asks, as a reward.
โ€œIโ€™m going to go basic,โ€ I announce, after thinking about party music, โ€œBeat it, by Fall out boyโ€
โ€œYou got it,โ€ he nods, taking a moment to text the request to the DJ, before moving on to the next table.

After a moment, โ€œBeat itโ€ begins, there are a few cheers, but conversation becomes impossible.

Congratulations seniors everywhere!
BLT Marriam Webster word of the day challenge: Ad hoc: "something used for immediate needs."

throw down = large party
darty = drunken party.
britney-spears-2007 = crazy
DJ = digital jockey
moon sisters = girls who have synchronized periods
congroovesive = something that helps to get your groove back
a beach = somewhere youโ€™d like to live forever.
riri Jan 2022
preparing months for an exam
for a number that supposedly determines your worth
******* up to teachers, people you don't even like
just for them to hopefully write a few commendable words about you

all for the hopes of being deemed "acceptable" to some supposed authority
for a place that will decide what you'll be doing for the rest of your life
making these drastic decisions at the age of 18
when not too long ago you were just picking out your prom dress

listing down any type of hobby or recreation you have
to make yourself seem a little more unique
since the competitiveness between you and your peers is sharper than a knife
who will make the final cut in the end and be deemed worthy?
that's all we do. that's all we've been doing for years as a society.
Gerard M Dec 2021
It's the name of a girl that I once knew

Who I shared so many memories with

Had fun talking to during lunch and on the bus with

Someone who I hope good things come to

That I will surely miss and will try to keep being friends with

Someone who's friends with me except for the fact that I'm LGBTQIA+

A girl who I'll say thank you for being a friend to
It's about a friend of mine
noor Sep 2021
we play, we play, we play

we play with peoples hearts
we play them like a game

we play with our grades
and end up working like maids

we play with our teachers
giving them a hard time
who cares though, cause whose time are they really wasting?
its mine, its mine, its mine!

we think high schools a joke,
so lets all just play!

we think friendships are fun,
we make a friend, and dump one!

we are pretty, pretty, pretty
and thats all that matters, really

looks and body counts, boys, and purging out

this wont matter in 4 measly years,
so lets all just have fun and enjoy these useless couple of years!
i was seething with anger while typing this
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