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saskia_hughes (Australia) published:

Who am I?

PROMPT: First This, Then That

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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11 months ago

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Anonymous Poet (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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12 months ago

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a l e x (United States) published:

Be Who You Are ; Unless It's Different

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First they yelled, “stand up and take charge of your life.”
But then they shoved me down and said, “shut up there's no room for you.”
They criticize me, “a woman should not be unprepared.”
But then when I change they frown in disappointment, “you're trying too hard.”
They quietly whisper, “stop following others just be who you are.”
But when I came out they beat me down, screaming, “you’re evil, no one wants you!”
They said, “be a proud...
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12 months ago

helloiamce (United States) published:

Contradictions and confusions

PROMPT: First This, Then That

I was a lesbian
and then I met you. 

I loved my best friend
Until they were a supernova. 

I was a girl
But back then I was stupid. 

I was crying myself to sleep
But then I remembered how many others have it worse. 

I hated them
And now I love them again. 

You loved a one eyed man, 
and now we both hate him. 

I was nothing
And-
Wait. 
I still am. 

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12 months ago

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The Ravenclaw Dragon (United States) published:

Their Words Are Hollow

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    First they said that our lives are amazing,
    Then they took it all away.
    First they said that we need to think of others,
    Then they care only about their own health.
    First they said to love thy neighbor,
    Then they are found yelling at their neighbor. 
    First they said to stop Covid,
    Then they said that it's their own body.
    First...

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12 months ago

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‘Nuca (Australia) published:

Of Your Own

PROMPT: First This, Then That

   1st. your country was hopeless:
no future, no riches, no life.
endeavor for better, even if it draws
half the world over.
   then. it was requisite:
the motherland must prevail.
have some pride, return
or lose the right to your identity.

   1st. denounce your origins.
your past matters not, only your purpose.
   then. you can stay.
we will welcome you with falsely open arms
a facade to cover the mockery
and the crumpled paper target taped to your...

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12 months ago

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ariii (Singapore) published:

who am I but my own definition

PROMPT: First This, Then That

they said I was too smart
I stopped answering the questions on the board 

they said I had bad taste in boys
I stopped dating

they said I was too quiet
I made 58 friends that year

they said I was..

I guess I should stop caring, because "you are not the opinion of somebody who doesn't know you" as expertly phrased by Taylor Swift. and she is right. I should stop caring. because, they dont know me. and they...

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12 months ago

mnesic writer (United States) published:

At First I Was

PROMPT: First This, Then That

First I realized my in depth imagination to know nothing would ever be that wonderful. 
Then I outwardly became outrageously realistic. 
First my rash dreams became chasing me in the woods of my mind. 
Then I began chasing them out in the blind daylight. 
First I forced my hands to copy motives for the friends’ benefit. 
Then I let them free to arrange my own happiness. 
First I was hesitant to light the flame, afraid of the burn on my...

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about 1 year ago

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TYK2003 (Korea, Republic of) published:

Do What?

PROMPT: First This, Then That

I was told to follow directions, but then they said to think for myself
I was old enough to drive down the freeway, but too young to drink by myself
I was asked to be strong, then told being "pushy" was wrong
So I ask. Do what? Do nothing or everything?

I am asked to write authentically for an essay
And then told my piece is uninteresting
Perhaps that's me, but whoever said being interesting was a prerequisite for success? ...

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about 1 year ago

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~nightowl (United States) published:

duty of beauty

PROMPT: First This, Then That

first I was tired
looking barely awake
but then I was too much
too porcelain and too fake

then I was lacking
no effort and too lazy
but then I went too far
too dramatic and crazy

then I wasn't girly
being a tomboy
but then I was evil
deceiving and coy

then I was too real
pale and undignified
but then I was too plastic
with so much to hide

then I was too raw
imperfect and impure
but...

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about 1 year ago

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~Aurora~ (Australia) published:

Like day and night

PROMPT: First This, Then That

Blossom away, 
soft scented youth,
the blissful essence of freedom, 
spread your wings and fly high. 
Cower you fool, 
bow before me, 
rise far you shall not. 


Stand up for what is right!
Stay in your lane!
Be yourself, 
fit a mould of perfection. 
Stand tall, 
stay low
You're too much, 
You're not enough. 

Raise the fools up so high they never see, 
what down below is plotted so maliciously. 
Sit on a throne of lies, 
and the truth...

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about 1 year ago

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roseCbeta (United States) published:

Bride of Frankenstein

PROMPT: First This, Then That

First, you told me that you would love to hold my hand and wander around the majestic trees that produce more of our love for us to breathe
Then you told me that our hands no longer fit into each other and that the now dull trees only produce the throbbing oxygen that I no longer want to breathe
First, you told me that you would let me fall into your arms as you would catch me from running into...

about 1 year ago

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Luci Munday (Australia) published:

Contradictory Patriarchy

PROMPT: First This, Then That

First they said I was too normal.
Then they said I was too strange.
Then they said I was rebellious.
Then they said rule followers were boring.
Then they said I was too feminine.
Then they said I was too brusque.
Then they said I needed a voice.
Then they said I should shut up.
Then they said 'do something with your life'.
Then they said I should settle down.
Then they said there's no point fighting.
Then they said if...

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about 1 year ago

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Cucoolchameleon (United States) published:

Waver To and Fro

PROMPT: First This, Then That

I am cautious, 
But I am defiant. 
I am peaceful, 
But I have waged wars. 
I have seen the beauty, 
But also the darkness. 
I am myself, 
But I’ve been others before. 

I’ve played the daughter,
But also the orphan. 
I’ve imitated the fool, and
Constructed facades of wisdom. 
I’ve followed the rules, 
But have become the rebel, the rogue.
In the end, I go wherever
My heart calls. 

I’ve swam with 
and against the tide. 
I’ve known love, 
But...

about 1 year ago

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JapneetK (Canada) published:

Who Must I Be?

PROMPT: First This, Then That

You want me to 'be better'.
'Be good enough'.
"Be better than everyone else.'

But how can I do that? 
With the weight on my shoulders,
Dragging me into the darker side of my mind,
Where I could never come back.

At night I can't sleep,
My discouraging thoughts,
being a pest for my mental health.

During the day, I'm awake,
But the happiness is slowly fading,
into nothing but memories.

​Leaving a mark on Earth,
That's what will uplift...

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about 1 year ago

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barelybear (United Kingdom) published:

To be a Woman

PROMPT: First This, Then That

Just be yourself —
That’s all.
We’re all different,
But that’s okay
We’ll get you rolled out and cookie cut in no time. 

Don’t dumb yourself
But she’s just a show off.
You can do sport! 
Just stick to netball, or gymnastics,
Or, you know what? You’d be an incredible ballerina!

Roll up your skirt — what are you? A nun
If you go out like that, you’ll be asking for it.
Wear black,
Wear pink,
Definitely not both. ...

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about 1 year ago

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StellaBlue (United States) published:

Make My Own Rules

PROMPT: First This, Then That

First they said I was too feminine
Then they said I was too rugged
Then they said to be tougher
Then they said I was cold-hearted
Then they said to enjoy my youth while it lasts
Then they said to grow up and stop acting like a child
Then they said I should connect with my inner child
Then they said I should have a child
Then they said I should find a lover
Then they said it couldn't be...

about 1 year ago

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Yellow Sweater (United States) published:

Above the Dirt

PROMPT: First This, Then That

I’ve left the round earth behind. 
Above her curved back, I wait 

to feel my feet again,  

to be more than a giant who holds
the sun in his cracked palms. 

to be more than a subversive symphony
of fists and unborn moths, 

fighting gravity’s flame. 

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about 1 year ago

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nervousbibliophile (Australia) published:

Parents vs Friends

PROMPT: First This, Then That

The first thing I was told was to cover up
But the second they saw me
They said that the skin I was showing was not enough

Next I was told to shut my mouth
Then they took me to a party and forced me to be loud

The minute I got home I was a good girl again
Friends forgotten, parents drilling me with questions:

Of where I had been
Who was I with?
Was it those bad influences again? ...

about 1 year ago

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nervousbibliophile (Australia) published:

Parents vs Friends

PROMPT: First This, Then That

The first thing I was told was to cover up
But the second they saw me
They said that the skin I was showing was not enough

Next I was told to shut my mouth
Then they took me to a party and forced me to be loud

The minute I got home I was a good girl again
Friends forgotten, parents drilling me with questions:

Of where I had been
Who was I with?
Was it those bad influences again? ...

about 1 year ago

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_Peanut_ (United States) published:

The Right Way to Write

PROMPT: First This, Then That

First they said to write
Only when the thoughts
Flowed like a dribbling brook 
That softly laps in the quiet forest 
Of a torrent mind

Then they said to write
Only when the sun reached the peak
And began its descent once again
No matter the wandering wilderness
Of the befuddled brain

Then they said to write
Only when the keys
Reached the pinnacle of the symphony
And the ringing of words 
Still echoes in one's ear

But I write...

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about 1 year ago

watermelons_words (United States) published:

Comments

PROMPT: First This, Then That

First they said I was too smart
Then I said that I was just as smart as I worked for

Then they said I was too quiet
Then I said that maybe I just don’t want to talk to them

Then they said I was too opinionated
Then I said that there was nothing wrong with me saying what’s fundamentally right 

Then they said I was too skinny
Then I said that I was happy with who I am

Then...

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about 1 year ago

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LadyBug... (United States) published:

"Half Right"

PROMPT: First This, Then That

First they said I was "wrong."
Then they said I was "right."
Then they said I was "half right."
Then she said "what's half right."
Then they said "she's half right."
Then I said "what the heck is half right?"
Then she said "I don't know!"
Then one of them said "Let's ask Peggy"
Then the other one said "Why should we ask Peggy"
Then she said "who's Peggy?"
Then I said "what are we asking Peggy again?"

No one...

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about 1 year ago

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SamRose (United States) published:

Jumping To Conclusions

PROMPT: First This, Then That

First I thought the world would never change
Then the world became completely different overnight.
Then I thought I would forever be hidden behind a mask
Then the mask came off and I was seen again.
Then I thought I'd spend the summer with friends and free time
Then I got a job and wake up at 6 every morning to work all day.
I realize I shouldn't jump to conclusions
Because conclusions are in the moment
They don't last ...

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about 1 year ago

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Destiny_the_writer (United States) published:

Paradigm of the Paradox

PROMPT: First This, Then That

There will never be pleasure sans
Pain
never will a world of eminence emerge, if not for
Transcendent mediocrity 
The first must follow the last 

shame has been birthed 
the identical twin of pride 

the beginning is defined only by where it may end
and the sea only stretches as far as the land

the luminance of the night sky may only be as bright
as the darkness it replaces 

it is the dullness of life
that creates the effervescence...

about 1 year ago