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the 7 most dangerous words i've ever met

December 17, 2017
By saltyranchers SILVER, Brooklyn, New York
saltyranchers SILVER, Brooklyn, New York
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i met Paranoia
on a sunny day
in january.
i tapped his shoulder,
he jumped three feet,
and then he said to me;
watch the skies,
watch the water,
watch the forest.
sleep with one eye open,
or never at all.
trust no one,
for there is no one
to trust.

next came Hunger,
with her willowy limbs.
she was sipping a cup of tea,
shivering in her seat.
her hair was thin,
her lips were dry,
but oh my,
she was beautiful beyond compare.
and then she said to me;
my dear,
my dear,
my ugly, ugly, dear.
hunger is but a feeling.
until you can count your ribs,
until you can barely stand,
hunger is but a feeling.

after that was Jealousy,
with his narrowed eyes.
i found him
with his arms crossed,
a greenish twinge
in his face.
and then he said to me;
she’s better than you,
he wants her more.
for who would want you,
for who could love you?

and then i ran into Loneliness,
standing in a busy street.
his cheeks were flushed,
his face was grim,
and then he said to me;
here are all these people,
i am all by myself,
no one to talk to,
no one to laugh with,
no one to love.

then i met Weakness,
her back hunched over,
her breath ragged,
her hands cracked.
and then she said to me;
my heart is soft,
i can barely hear it beat.
my eyes leak too much,
my voice is too fragile.
please help me.

after that was Love,
on a hot september day.
his smile was wide,
but it didn’t reach his eyes,
his eyes,
like chips of ice.
and then he said to me;
you must think
i’m handsome.
you must think

i’m kind.
i am cruel.
i am terrible.
am love.

finally, i met Numbness.
i stood over him,
his head was down,
his eyes were foggy.
i said.
he said nothing.

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This article has 24 comments.

on Apr. 5 2022 at 7:04 pm
jazzy214 SILVER, Grand Prairie, Texas
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I hate you and love you for writing this. please please PLEASE fill up my mind with more writings like this!!!!!!!!!!!!

on Apr. 5 2022 at 1:26 pm
swaggyserr SILVER, Paris, Tennessee
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Favorite Quote:
“A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

this is amazing beyond compare- phenomenal work!

on Feb. 11 2022 at 4:28 pm
dunsmores1 GOLD, Ledyard, Connecticut
12 articles 0 photos 18 comments

Favorite Quote:
There's a million things I haven't done, but just you wait."

~Hamilton (Via Lin-Manuel Miranda)

OH MY GOSH THIS IS SO GOOD! I lovelovelove how you did hunger and just how smooth and amazing this is. PLEASE NEVER STOP WRITING! ~Joy Dunsmore

on Feb. 7 2022 at 3:56 pm
ILiveToRead PLATINUM, Wailuku, Hawaii
24 articles 3 photos 150 comments
JESUS CHRIST. How the f!ck did you come up with this?? You're a genius. An absolute effing GENIUS. I idolize you. I can't believe you were able to portray such dark emotions in a way, you brought them to life. They become HUMAN. Which when you think about it, is really ironic. Top FAVE poem so far. Congrats, and I don't say this often but this poem is really underrated. You should be big already, on top for weeks. I would love to get in touch and collaborate a piece together because honest to god I am loving this and I only wish I had thought of it first..

lemon-girl said...
on May. 28 2020 at 11:10 pm
lemon-girl, Houston, Texas
0 articles 0 photos 1 comment

Favorite Quote:
"dream. though your beginnings may seem humble, may your end be prosperous." ~ agust d

i love this one!!! what did your writing process look like? any reason why you chose these emotions in particular?

on May. 27 2020 at 10:24 am
Funny_Fangirl, Festus, Missouri
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This is a very heartfelt and relatable poem. Good job!

Hanniemay said...
on May. 21 2020 at 7:02 pm
Hanniemay, Spring Hill, Tennessee
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This is incredible. I love your writing style and the characterization of the words. :)

on Mar. 6 2019 at 7:42 pm
isabellapopa BRONZE, San Jose, California
4 articles 0 photos 4 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The best way to fight problems and to fight against war is through dialogue." - Malala

this piece of writing is so incredibly beautiful. it's written so well!!

on Feb. 27 2019 at 12:47 am
lydiagerges BRONZE, Franklin, Wisconsin
2 articles 0 photos 21 comments
your writing voice is so beautiful. it would mean so much to me if you could read my work and give me feedback. keep writing, xoxo

on Feb. 26 2019 at 8:44 pm
californiapoppy BRONZE, Hayward, California
2 articles 0 photos 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
For whatever we lose(like a you or a me)
it's always ourselves we find in the sea
- ee cummings

this is one of the truest and most beautiful things i have ever read

on Oct. 8 2018 at 1:47 pm
sophiaeileen BRONZE, Wilmington, Delaware
3 articles 0 photos 1 comment
this is incredible

on Sep. 12 2018 at 2:26 pm
AlanaHopeFlores SILVER, Spring Valley Il, Illinois
8 articles 0 photos 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Come on kid, this is your dream!"

What. What! WHAT!? WOW WOW WOW! This is written so well, I think I have finally fallen in love! With these words anyway, thank you for presenting something so well!

Sharja BRONZE said...
on Sep. 7 2018 at 11:53 am
Sharja BRONZE, Cupertino, California
4 articles 0 photos 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
Hi im made form potatoes


on Jul. 24 2018 at 7:24 am
cataclysmix BRONZE, Silver Spring, Maryland
4 articles 0 photos 1 comment

Favorite Quote:
not everyone gets to be the pretty girl..

,,,this is heartfelt beyond compare. really great work!!

on Jun. 18 2018 at 11:35 pm
Coby_Thinks GOLD, American Fork, Utah
17 articles 4 photos 8 comments

Favorite Quote:
"now onto the future..." - Daniel Howell

Holyyyy wow. wow wow wow. Idk what else to say... this is... wow. WELL DONE!

on Jun. 18 2018 at 4:25 pm
Rhiannon_4 DIAMOND, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
62 articles 87 photos 200 comments

Favorite Quote:
If you chase two rabbits, you will lose them both.
- Native American proverb

Do not go gentle into that good night but rage, rage against the dying of the light.
- Dylan Thomas

What is past is past -- it is the present and the future that concern us.
- Hiawatha, founder of the Iroquois Confederacy

This is a great poem! You personified these emotions perfectly! Please keep writing!

on Jun. 5 2018 at 12:24 pm
Herine-The-Cat BRONZE, Waco, Texas
1 article 0 photos 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
"You can not change the past, but I daresay, you may learn something from it." ~Time

Yeah, love can be like that sometimes

on Dec. 24 2017 at 12:17 pm
alyssa0401 PLATINUM, Staten Island, New York
39 articles 0 photos 19 comments

Favorite Quote:
"In the end, we only regret the chances we didn't take."

Wow! This is a beautiful poem that personifies these emotions through dialogue and appearance. Your last line is phenomenal!

livfranz said...
on Dec. 24 2017 at 11:36 am
holy guacamole rolly polly that was wonderful

alsou BRONZE said...
on Dec. 24 2017 at 11:34 am
alsou BRONZE, Brooklyn, New York
3 articles 0 photos 35 comments

Favorite Quote:
everything will work out in the end!!!! if it's not working out, it is Not the end

wow i love ur personification of these emotions!