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No One Can
They told me as a girl
Not to let strangers in
How I thought they were wrong
Till it stretched me so thin
All the lies, the excuses
Broken promises, abuses
Kept me waiting, strung me along
Said I asked for too much, told me I was wrong
I give all I have
All for nothing
Don't say it
No one can
The scared boys who didn't know
What they really wanted
The ones who ran away
And left me haunted
The ones who told me to jump
And vanished when I'd fall
Those pieces I pick up
The one's I don't want at all
That near-perfect storm
On the other side of the fence
Looking back at this form
Without any pretense
But I'm out in the cold
In the dark, and all alone
And the daydreams playing
On the stage within my mind
Are a farce that lights up faster
Than a Barnum-burned demise
I used to write poetry
Now it's just lines on a page
That don't capture the feelings
Of the heartache and rage
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Literature
Bringing Us Home
I've driven so many times
Down long stretches of highway
In the dead of night
Staring wide-eyed
Through the traffic lights
Trying to stay awake to keep me alive
At 1 am when I was grocery shopping
At 2 am when I do the laundry
At 3 am when I finally get to sleep
Just to be there
Just to show that I care
So many nights I'd drive with blurry eyes
Down darkened streets, while I cried and cried
Wondering if he'd live or if we would die
I never thought my life would bring me here
Standing alone, with nothing very clear
Still banging my head against a wall
Re-learning lessons I already know
Wondering what I have to do
To make things change and get my life to go
I haven't crashed yet, but I often swerve
As I fight for control around every curve
I wish someone would take the wheel for once
And let me enjoy the ride in peace
I wish it wasn't always me
In the driver's seat
Alone
When it comes to bringing us home
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Literature
Daniel's Song
I lean on your shoulder
and reach for your hand
when you don't have time
I try to understand
But if you still want me, let me know
Or else I will think you are letting me go
'Cause you can get to me when we get to be
Alone in the kitchen and watching TV
Falling asleep with my head on your heartbeat
Will you still get to me? Don't stop trying.
On that first night you read my palm
And predicted my future, you knew it all
And I rolled with it, but don't you see,
How could that be? When did you get to me?
We're like fire and ice
Not sure it's a choice this time
Tell me what to do, with your lips
I'm losing my grip
Ask me to stay, but with your hands
Till I can't see where we stand
Hold me close, but not too tight
I might break
Keep your distance, but stay in sight
Or I'll disintegrate
I just want to hide, but I'm
Putting it all on the line
It might be best to cut you loose
But I'm already falling into you
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Literature
Broken
Going out tonight
Driving I-89, I ask myself
Are we broken?
I feel torn, but that's nothing new.
It's not so bad
Are we broken?
Are these cracks, or just laugh lines?
Will we last through time,
or are we about to fall apart?
Are we broken?
Everything's changing
My whole world's rearranging
But does that mean we're broken?
Are we broken?
People don't have maps
There are words you can't take back
But are we broken?
Are we broken?
Are we broken?
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Literature
The Best of Me
Got my first kiss the night my sister died
Now he's going away
A year of music wiped away
Now I lay awake and cry and cry and cry...
It's more than I can take
It's a double heartbreak
What's up with the timing?
I can't breathe, I can't breathe, I can't--
You can board it up
You can blot it out
You can cut me off
You can drown me out
It's not going to erase me
It's not going to get the best of me
Go ahead and tear me down
It's not the first time I've been ripped in two
Sink me down into the deep, deep blue
It's not him, it's not her, it's you
Bring on the rain
I've screamed at the storm
I'm not going to drown
I am reborn
I'll start again
I'll patch together these
Broken borders of a masterpiece
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Literature
Skeleton
Today, I wash myself carefully
and feel not flesh but bone
as my hands pass over my skin.
The heart has caved in
and the rest of me is following.
Bones gently graze my innards
and the pain makes me hunch slightly.
I step out of the water, clean,
and drop the towel.
I watch the hollow girl
looking back at me,
her belly concave,
her ribs like blank lines on a page--
a skin drawn over something already dead.
Food only passes my lips for show.
I wonder how long it will take me to expire.
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Literature
The Wolves
I sat down and had a conversation
with the two wolves inside me.
We discussed the great questions
that were weighing on my mind,
and, together,
we three discussed the pros and cons--
the possibilities of the choices
I had to consider.
Both promised me joy and happiness
if I chose them,
as well as unimaginable pain and regret
if I chose the other.
The only problem now is that
I can no longer tell which wolf
is the good and which is the bad.
Perhaps they are one and the same
and I will be fed to them regardless.
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Literature
Blue Shoes
I am the lady in red.
Here I am at the wedding that is not mine.
The centerpieces have books and teacups
and baby's breath, like the ones I would have
at my wedding.
But they are not mine.
I sit alone on a chair away from the tables
and watch the bridesmaids run to and fro
performing their duties.
I thought that at this wedding I would at least be that much.
But I am only a guest.
By my feet, a pair of blue shoes await
for the return of their owner.
They look like the kind of shoes
I would wear, and I wonder
who they belong to.
And then, the bride appears
and takes a seat beside me briefly.
The shoes are hers.
She wears a flowing white dress to the knee
and slips into the blue shoes as she smiles at me.
I embrace her and wish her well,
my heart full of joy for her.
And then, it's time to light the sparklers
and send them away.
I stand in the row of well-wishers
and watch her skirt swish around her legs
as the blue shoes carry her away
into eternal bliss.
I tried to buy my own blue
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Literature
The Arrangement Pt.8 (Final)
"Where are we going?" Athena laughed as Atem pulled her through the palace nearly at a run, her hand clasped firmly in his.
"If I told you, it wouldn't be a surprise."
"Well, what's it for?"
Atem pursed his lips and then said, "Think of it as a belated wedding present."
Athena was intrigued. His excitement thrilled through her, and she was eager to see whatever it was that had him so excited. He brought her to an abrupt stop in the middle of a central courtyard in the palace. Glancing around, he made eye contact with one of the servants, who smiled and nodded once. Atem returned the gesture and then whistled loudly. Almost immediately, Athena heard the sound of Atem's two rambunctious hounds come galloping down the corridor, barking and panting gleefully as they came. Athena rolled her eyes when she finally caught sight of them, and then gasped, her hand flying to her throat when she saw a third dog racing alongside them. The third dog was much smaller and had long white hair. His bark
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Literature
The Arrangement Pt.7
Everyone wondered at the great change in the usually serious and even-tempered young prince. He smiled and laughed cheerfully, and his eyes glowed merrily wherever he went. Whenever someone inquired after his young bride, a broad smile stretched across his face and he would duck his head bashfully and respond that she was well. Everyone could see that Prince Atem was clearly in love. Whenever the couple entered a room together, everyone's eyes were drawn to Atem as he gazed at his young bride with utter adoration. It became well-known throughout all of Aegyptus that Prince Atem truly loved his wife.
Poets began to praise the prince's attentiveness. Images of the couple were painted in several places on the walls throughout the palace. This pleased Atem's mother greatly and made her adore Athena all the more for the happiness Atem had clearly found in her. It was at the two-month mark that rumors began to circulate that Athena was expecting a child. Where the rumors originated from was
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Literature
The Arrangement Pt.6
Dinner was...interesting, to say the least. Strange and exotic foods were presented to Athena. Flavors and spices she had never tasted before greeted her palate. She wasn't sure if she like any of the food, honestly, but she was so hungry that she wolfed down whatever was offered. She contributed to the conversation when necessary, but for the most part, she sat back and kept silent, watching her new husband with curiosity. His voice was deep and masculine, and he spoke with confidence. Though it was becoming clear to her that he was not a man of many words, whatever he did say carried weight. Though they were far below his social class, many of the servants and ladies-in-waiting standing around the perimeter of the dining room hung on his every word when he spoke, clearly smitten with his good looks and charisma. Athena's own pulse quickened whenever he looked her way or attempted to draw her into the conversation.
At last, the queen yawned and stretched. "I think it is high time we a
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Literature
The Arrangement Pt.5
Atem’s heart thumped hard in his chest as he gazed into her eyes. Then, slowly, he lowered his head. Her eyelashes tickled his cheek, and a shiver went through him when she turned her face up to him. His lips brushed the corner of her mouth, feather light and cautious.
An electric current went through him when her lips met his. What am I doing?! His mind was so hazy he couldn’t think. He was kissing her. She was kissing him. Somewhere in the back of his thoughts, the more logical part of his consciousness was screaming “Wake up, you fool! She doesn’t even know who you are!”
When he abruptly pulled away, she blinked up at him. Water droplets clung to her lashes, making her look like some sort of tragically beautiful water goddess. While every fiber of his being quivered excitedly from the tingling her kiss had left on his lips, he suddenly blurted, “Aren’t you married to the prince?”
An angry squall abruptly darkened A
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Literature
The Arrangement Pt.4
Athena woke with a start and sat up, looking around herself in all directions. The room was dark and empty, but she could have sworn that she had heard something. Trying to ignore the shiver that ran up her spine, she suddenly remembered her plan and scrambled out of bed. Quietly flipping open several of her trunks, she found the gold jewelry she knew her father had sent with her--four armbands, a golden headband, five bracelets, five rings, and three necklaces. Next, she grabbed two of her favorite dresses, one a light blue color and the other a dark green, and an extra pair of sandals. She wrapped all of this up in one of the white sheets of fabric she’d found earlier in the other trunk. Securing her bundle with two crisscrossing knots, she stepped out onto the balcony and took in her surroundings. She guessed she could probably climb down from the balcony to the ground. It was terribly high up, so even if she fell, the worst case scenario might be a broken leg.
Thanks to years
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Literature
The Arrangement Pt.3
Atem was at war with himself. Half of him was burning with curiosity to see his bride, while the other half of him was ready to jump into the Nile and swim away to safety. A small part of him had always held on to the hope that he would choose whom he would marry one day. All that came crashing down with the proposed alliance with Athens. He had seriously considered abandoning everything several times whenever he thought of marrying a perfect stranger. But, honor had won out, and he had remained true to his responsibilities. For the good of his people and his kingdom, he would square his shoulders and play his part in uniting the two nations.
But now that she was officially here, in the flesh, and possibly only a room away, Atem found himself fidgeting and fussing. Quite literally, the only two things he knew about her were that she was very beautiful and that her name was Athena. It wasn’t much to go off of. What if she hated him? What if they couldn’t stand one another? A
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Literature
The Arrangement Pt.2
Greece had always afforded Athena all that she could ever want, by way of luxury and comfort all her life. But at the awesome sight of the white-walled temples, the impressive columns and statues, the impossibly large pyramids, and the exquisitely painted frescoes of the royal palace, she couldn't help standing agape at all the magnificent splendor that was Hwt-ka-Ptah. The royal palace sat on the banks of the Nile river, where bathing pools had been constructed. Athena and the whole caravan were received by her majesty the queen and her many ladies-in-waiting. Hundreds of servants came pouring out of the palace to assist in bringing in the many gifts from Acroneos, as well as all of Athena's possessions. She noticed that neither the great pharaoh nor the young prince were anywhere in sight. Damned kid is probably off picking his nose somewhere she thought bitterly.
The queen greeted Athena formally, and Athena bowed to her politely. Athena had steeled herself for every pos
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Literature
The Arrangement Pt.1
His majesty, Acroneos, signed the final agreement with a flourish of his quill, Ακρονεοσ. He smirked, obviously very pleased with himself. It pleased him greatly that an alliance with the most powerful kingdom in the modern world had been achieved through such simple means. No wars. No slavery. All it had cost him was the hand and dowry of one of his daughters.
She knew nothing of her upcoming marriage, as of yet. But then, you couldn't tell Athena anything without causing an uproar. Had it been any other nation, he would have chosen one of his less attractive but more compliant daughters. But this was Aegyptus*. Nothing less than the best would do for his offering. The ambassadors of the pharaoh had all been in agreement that Athena was, indeed, the fairest of his daughters. Though her sisters were not at all unattractive, Athena was an exceptional beauty. Long, dark hair fell in natural wavy curls to her narrow waist. Her build was slender and
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I had a random streak of inspiration recently and spent two straight days writing this story nonstop, and I'm very pleased with it. If you like ancient Egypt and romance, enjoy!
The Arrangement Pt.1
So.... I kinda got the inspiration to write a story about an arranged marriage between an Egyptian prince and the princess of a foreign nation. Here's the synopsis for you:

The King of Athens and the Pharaoh of Egypt have arranged an alliance through a marriage between an Egyptian prince and an Athenian princess. But this princess has other ideas about her fate...

Even though all of her possessions have been moved into the palace, making her effectively married to the prince of Egypt, Athena decides to take matters into her own hands and make an escape into the city. However, she makes an unexpected encounter as she's making her way out of the palace...

*"Aegyptus" was the name commonly used to refer to the land of Egypt by the 8th century B.C.
**Ancient capital city of Memphis - now part of present-day Cairo
***Greek equivalent to hell
They told me as a girl
Not to let strangers in
How I thought they were wrong
Till it stretched me so thin

All the lies, the excuses
Broken promises, abuses
Kept me waiting, strung me along
Said I asked for too much, told me I was wrong

I give all I have
All for nothing
Don't say it
No one can

The scared boys who didn't know
What they really wanted
The ones who ran away
And left me haunted

The ones who told me to jump
And vanished when I'd fall
Those pieces I pick up
The one's I don't want at all

That near-perfect storm
On the other side of the fence
Looking back at this form
Without any pretense
But I'm out in the cold
In the dark, and all alone

And the daydreams playing
On the stage within my mind
Are a farce that lights up faster
Than a Barnum-burned demise

I used to write poetry
Now it's just lines on a page
That don't capture the feelings
Of the heartache and rage
I've driven so many times
Down long stretches of highway
In the dead of night
Staring wide-eyed
Through the traffic lights
Trying to stay awake to keep me alive

At 1 am when I was grocery shopping
At 2 am when I do the laundry
At 3 am when I finally get to sleep
Just to be there
Just to show that I care

So many nights I'd drive with blurry eyes
Down darkened streets, while I cried and cried
Wondering if he'd live or if we would die

I never thought my life would bring me here
Standing alone, with nothing very clear
Still banging my head against a wall
Re-learning lessons I already know
Wondering what I have to do
To make things change and get my life to go

I haven't crashed yet, but I often swerve
As I fight for control around every curve
I wish someone would take the wheel for once
And let me enjoy the ride in peace
I wish it wasn't always me
In the driver's seat
Alone
When it comes to bringing us home
I lean on your shoulder
and reach for your hand
when you don't have time
I try to understand
But if you still want me, let me know
Or else I will think you are letting me go

'Cause you can get to me when we get to be
Alone in the kitchen and watching TV
Falling asleep with my head on your heartbeat
Will you still get to me? Don't stop trying.

On that first night you read my palm
And predicted my future, you knew it all
And I rolled with it, but don't you see,
How could that be? When did you get to me?

We're like fire and ice
Not sure it's a choice this time
Tell me what to do, with your lips
I'm losing my grip
Ask me to stay, but with your hands
Till I can't see where we stand

Hold me close, but not too tight
I might break
Keep your distance, but stay in sight
Or I'll disintegrate
I just want to hide, but I'm
Putting it all on the line
It might be best to cut you loose
But I'm already falling into you
Going out tonight
Driving I-89, I ask myself
Are we broken?
I feel torn, but that's nothing new.
It's not so bad
Are we broken?

Are these cracks, or just laugh lines?
Will we last through time,
or are we about to fall apart?
Are we broken?

Everything's changing
My whole world's rearranging
But does that mean we're broken?
Are we broken?

People don't have maps
There are words you can't take back
But are we broken?
Are we broken?
Are we broken?

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Whoa...
Thank you so much for all of the faves! It really means a lot to me. Thank you!
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Thanks for the fave! I really appreciate it! ^^
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