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I wrote this poem in the middle of a lesson at school with the rain pelting down outside. I remember feeling that there were many better things that I could be doing and experiencing, but at the same time I realized that the price paid for daring to do them is high. For me, this poem was a way into the kind of life that I aspire.
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You can live your whole life asleep,
Accepting the compartment, mirroring the stereotype.
It's easy and comforting and meaningless to be taken,
locked in by their love.
But desire is awake now in me;
My eyes are open.
with teeth as sharp as memory gnaws at my soul;
clear as starlight, real as dreams,
coaxes me out of the box.
I want to walk on wet grass with naked feet,
and chase morning from pole to pole.
If I go, will you follow?
I'm afraid to be alone.
Love in the dark always means more.
I'm ready to fall.
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