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I wonder how long it would take for anyone to notice if I just stopped talking.
Art without emotion its like chocolate cake without sugar. It makes you gag.
I watch the Eruptions. Mount Dad, long dormant, now considered armed and dangerous. Mount Saint Mom, oozing lava, spitting flame. Warn the villagers to run into the sea.
I have survived. I am here. Confused, screwed up, but here. So, how can I find my way? Is there a chain saw of the soul, an ax I can take to my memories or fears?
Too much sun after a Syracuse winter does strange things to your head, makes you feel strong, even if you aren't.
This is wonderful, wonderful! Be the bird. You are the bird. Sacrifice yourself to abandoned family values....
Censorship is the child of fear and the father of ignorance.
I just want to sleep. A coma would be nice. Or amnesia. Anything, just to get rid of this, these thoughts, whispers in my mind. Did he rape my head, too?
Me: "All right, but you said we had to put emotion into our art. I don't know what that means. I don't know what I'm supposed to feel.
I won't take a real nap. I have this halfway place, a rest stop on the road to sleep, where I can stay for hours. I don't even need to close my eyes, just stay safe under the covers and breathe.
I can see us, living in the woods, her wearing that A, me with a S maybe, S for silent, S for stupid, for scared. S for silly. For shame.
I want to make a memorial for our turkey. Never has a bird been so tortured to provide such a lousy dinner.
Gym should be illegal. It's humiliating.
It's easier to floss with barbed wire than admit you like someone in middle school.
IT happened. There is no avoiding it, no forgetting. No running away, or flying, or burying, or hiding.
It doesn't hurt. Nothing hurts except the small smiles and blushes that flash across the room like tiny sparrows.
When people don't express themselves, they die one piece at a time.
I pull my lower lip all the way in between my teeth. If I try hard enough, maybe I can gobble my whole self this way.... I didn't try hard enough to swallow myself.
I can't do everything for you. You must walk alone to find your soul.
I hate winter. I’ve lived in Syracuse my whole life and I hate winter. It starts too early and ends too late. No one likes it.
Mr. Freeman sighs. "No imagination. What are you thirteen? Fourteen? You've already let them beat your creativity out of you!
If I ever form a clan, we'll be the anti-cheerleaders and walk under the bleacher forming mild acts of mayhem.
I have never heard a more eloquent silence.