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alexishaufler (United States) published:

Too Weird

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They told me to be myself
But then told me I was too weird
That I was too strange
That I was too scared
That I was too different
That I was too much for them to handle

They told me that they cared
But then never told me I love you too
They never told me they were proud
They never told me they believed in me
They never told me they actually understood

They told me I was...

about 2 months ago

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alexishaufler (United States) published:

Too Weird

PROMPT: First This, Then That

They told me to be myself
But then told me I was too weird
That I was too strange
That I was too scared
That I was too different
That I was too much for them to handle

They told me that they cared
But then never told me I love you too
They never told me they were proud
They never told me they believed in me
They never told me they actually understood

They told me I was...

about 2 months ago

Paige (United States) published:

Every which way

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    I feel as if I'm being pulled in so many ways and i can't look straight. I feel as if my mind is swarming with second thoughts and doubts because of people. I feel like I can't breath; I'm drowning in complaints and objections.

First they said I eat too little
Then they said I'm a human vacuum
Then they said I was too quiet
Then they said I sounded like a yowling cat
Then they said I was...

about 2 months ago

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celisec (United States) published:

A Short Note to Schools and Those Running Them

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First they said they cared about student's mental health
Then they ignored the girl who was harassed
Then they said we were too chatty
Then they said we were anti-social
Then they said we were too hard on ourselves
Then they said we were lazy
Then they said we should go to college
Then they didn't help when it was too expensive
Then they said we need to sleep for eight hours
Then they gave us eight hours of homework ...

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about 2 months ago

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Genesisigh (United States) published:

They like my friend, Ed

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First they said, "all bodies are beautiful,"
Then they said, "here's how to dwindle, here is how you wither". 
They say, "this is  how to get smaller and smaller
smaller and smaller
smaller and smaller..."
Am I big or am I thin? Should it matter, does it matter? You made it matter! Did you have to make my size mean something? 

Please, I am not my skin. 
 

about 2 months ago

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Lobelia Spring (United Kingdom) published:

Where did forever go?

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You called me your everything -
but treated me like nothing.
You called me your love - 
but treated me like a burden.
You talked like you cared -
but acted uncertain.
You talked like you knew it all -
but acted like a fool.
You promised we were forever -
but when did you keep promises?
Never.

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about 2 months ago

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blur.ink (India) published:

Only I Know What You Put Me Through.... How You Hit and Run Me

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You came and then went away,
You were my home and now I'm just a castaway;
I'm stranded on the coast.
First you said that I was too quiet and I started to work towards a better me
And I just wish that you could've seen that your leave made me break and I am now a broken building's debris;
I've pulled my car off the road.

I started to trust you and oh! what a fool I made of...

about 2 months ago

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SleepyNugget (United States) published:

Peer Pressure

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First, they said, "only do things related to school on this computer"
Then someone else said to "do the things you want to do on this computer"
What should I do? 
Get in trouble?
Stay safe?

First, they said, "Don't download anything"
Then someone else said, "I have it and I don't have a virus, get it!"
What should I do? 
Get in trouble?
Stay safe?

First, they said, "Only school sites that are allowed and told by your teacher...

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about 2 months ago

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SleepyNugget (United States) published:

Peer Pressure

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First, they said, "only do things related to school on this computer"
Then someone else said to "do the things you want to do on this computer"
What should I do? 
Get in trouble?
Stay safe?

First, they said, "Don't download anything"
Then someone else said, "I have it and I don't have a virus, get it!"
What should I do? 
Get in trouble?
Stay safe?

First, they said, "Only school sites that are allowed and told by your teacher...

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about 2 months ago

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Klue (Australia) published:

She'll Reach for the Stars

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First, they said she was too normal.
With normal hair,
normal eyes,
a normal life.
Then they said she was too quiet, 
that it was weird, 
how she could hold the secrets of the world,
in just her silence. 
Then they said she needed to hold back, 
keep her words in her mouth, 
swallow the questions down her throat. 
Then they said she was too young,
to understand
the world around her.
Then they said she was old enough, 
to...

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Klue (Australia) published:

She'll Reach for the Stars

PROMPT: First This, Then That

First, they said she was too normal.
With normal hair,
normal eyes,
a normal life.
Then they said she was too quiet, 
that it was weird, 
how she could hold the secrets of the world,
in just her silence. 
Then they said she needed to hold back, 
keep her words in her mouth, 
swallow the questions down her throat. 
Then they said she was too young,
to understand
the world around her.
Then they said she was old enough, 
to...

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2 months ago

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haydenm (United States) published:

Contradictions

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First they said to be myself
Then they said I was overconfident
Then they said to act like a woman
Then they said I tried to hard
Then I forced myself to care less
Then I didn't care enough
Then I was overreacting
Then it was my fault that I didn't say something
Then my grades weren't good enough
Then I cared more about numbers than my well being
Then I let everything go and gave up
Because why should I try if no matter...

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2 months ago

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haydenm (United States) published:

Contradictions

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First they said to be myself
Then they said I was overconfident
Then they said to act like a woman
Then they said I tried to hard
Then I forced myself to care less
Then I didn't care enough
Then I was overreacting
Then it was my fault that I didn't say something
Then my grades weren't good enough
Then I cared more about numbers than my well being
Then I let everything go and gave up
Because why should I try if no matter...

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2 months ago

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McCarthy.u (United Kingdom) published:

A paradoxical world

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First the hospital said I was too fat,
Then they said I was too thin,
Then they said I wasn't smart enough,
Then they said I was too intelligent,
Then they said I was selfless,
Then they said I was selfish,
Then they said I wasn't sick,
Then they said I was too sick,
Then they said I was curable,
Then they said I was incurable,
Then they said I wasn't a burden,
Then they said I was a burden, ...

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2 months ago

2

Elizabeth Chancey (United States) published:

Too Young For Reality, Too Old to Daydream

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First I was too young for reality, then I was too old for daydreaming.
They told me to act like an adult while simultaneously treating me like a child.
They wouldn't tell me certain things because I was too young, but then expected me to know certain things because apparently I was old enough. 
So here I am. Young. Inexperienced. Confused.
Because although I'm only sixteen I'm supposed to claim a career.
Even though I am simply a child, I...

2 months ago

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Coop (United States) published:

First this, Then that. Society is changing.

PROMPT: First This, Then That

First they told me I was done.
Then I came back. And won.
First I cried over not being liked.
Then I proved them wrong. 
First they tried and failed.
Then you came along and tried harder.
First people got mad at a whistle.
Then a mother sacrificed everything to make truth come out.
First they said that all people were equal.
Then racism didn't listen.
First society took things for granted.
Then they realized that we are lucky more...

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2 months ago

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MarisMothra (United States) published:

Shapeshifting

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First they said I was a pushover,
Then they said I was too rude.

First they said I was too modest,
Then they said I was too proud.

First they said I needed to talk,
Then they said I was too loud.

First they said I needed friends,
Then they said my friends were worse.

First they said I was too little,
Then they said I became too much.

First they said I wasn't enough,
Now they say I'm not...

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2 months ago

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ElvishWriter (United States) published:

Who to Believe?

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First, they said being gay is a curse,
then they said being gay is amazing
Who am I to believe?

First, they said being dark is wrong,
then they said being dark is a way of life. 
Who am I to believe?

First, they said glasses mean your blind,
then they said glasses mean you are smarter than some.
Who am I to believe? 

First, they said being transgender is a sin,
then they said to be you and you...

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2 months ago

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Raquel Braiani (Brazil) published:

He lied

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First, he showed me what love was,
then he showed me how it is to feel hurt.

He said he adored me,
but who would know
that the worst lies could be vocalized by
the best-looking lips in the whole cosmos?

Do not call me absurd, sweetheart,
simply because I say things you do not want to hear.
(It does not mean they are not true.)

He said he would take me to the space, 
and give me all the...

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2 months ago

Taffy R. (New Zealand) published:

First This, Then That

PROMPT: First This, Then That

First, they told me that I could be anything I wanted to be.
Then, they scorned me for being too imaginative, too idealistic.

First, they encouraged me to hold on to my culture and take pride in my Pasifika descent.
Then, they judged me because of the colour of my skin.

First, they taught me that they would protect us, despite our mistakes.
Then, they threw him out of the building and smothered the truth.

First, they yelled at the top...

2 months ago

Taffy R. (New Zealand) published:

First This, Then That

PROMPT: First This, Then That

First, they told me that I could be anything I wanted to be.
Then, they scorned me for being too imaginative, too idealistic.

First, they encouraged me to hold on to my culture and take pride in my Pasifika descent.
Then, they judged me because of the colour of my skin.

First, they taught me that they would protect us, despite our mistakes.
Then, they threw him out of the building and smothered the truth.

First, they yelled at the top...

2 months ago

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Raquel Braiani (Brazil) published:

He lied

PROMPT: First This, Then That

First, he showed me what love was,
then he showed me how it is to feel hurt.

He said he adored me,
but who would know
that the worst lies could be vocalized by
the best-looking lips in the whole cosmos?

Do not call me absurd, sweetheart,
simply because I say things you do not want to hear.
(It does not mean they are not true.)

He said he would take me to the space, 
and give me all the...

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2 months ago

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SUSHmita (India) published:

Can I just be Myself?

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First, they tell me I'm too nice
Then they tell me I'm cold.

They ask me for help
But when I help, they think it’s too much.

They command me to speak
Then they tell me to shut up.
 
They tell me I'm too quiet
Then they tell me I'm too loud.
 
They tell me to laugh all the time
But when I laugh, they think it’s annoying and unacceptable.

They tell me I’m smart
Then they tell...

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2 months ago

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saskia_hughes (Australia) published:

Who am I?

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First they said I was too pretty.
Then they said I was too ugly.
Then they said I was too short.
Then they said I was too tall.
Then they said I was too happy.
Then they said I was too sad.
Then they said I was too innocent.
Then they said I was too slutty.
Then they said I was too smart.
Then they said I was too dumb.
Then they said I was too nice.
Then they said...

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3 months ago

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Doireann (Ireland) published:

Pick A Side

PROMPT: First This, Then That

Tell me to dress nice 
But not that way
Not that dress that’s too short
Not those shorts they make you look fat
Be pretty and feminine 
But not in that top I can see your bra strap
No you have to wear a bra
But don’t dare given me any glimpse that you might be wearing one
You’re too pale put on some tan
Why do you look so orange ms Oompa Loompa 
You look a bit plain next...

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3 months ago