on unlearning how to diethe space between intention and
inaction has been redefined. they say
the first step to sadness is
to be happy. the second step
is learning loss. they tell us
depression is an abundance of emotions
but everyone here is a balloon
deflated with time, a sun
dimming as years eat away years
and everything changes but
nothing's really different at all.
we drowned before we even saw
the sea, dreaming of that cemetery
a million miles deep; and still,
I cry for the people worth forgetting:
the girl who couldn't take enough
sleeping pills to live her dreams,
the boy so doped out on an inability
to live that he told us about his trips
to Jupiter and back, and
expected us to believe him. the girl
with a ghost smile named after the prayer
she was born to forget, the boy
who slept like an angel and cried like
a fallen, and me, me
choking on gravity and the ever-growing
weight of my own fucking inadequacy
tied tightly around my neck like a noose
not quite designed properly, right,
because I survived.
.and god-.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
i saw the moon
leaking into the sea,
a great big silvery slick
on the waves
and as i held my hands up
to the hole in her side,
she smiled and soaked
(gentle, gentle, she doesn't have long)
.i feel in a language.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
i don't understand,
and the wings of the bird in my kitchen, they
won't get to feel the sky anymore -
and sometimes doesn't it feel good?
to put two fingers round the neck
of a flower and
hear the petals scream for
their withering limbs,
then start choking
Everything that kills me makes me feel alive.I'm tired.Everything that kills me makes me feel alive.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I can't remember the last time I slept
- when the cogs stopped turning.
I've been drowning in coffee mugs,
to get that 'boost' so I can face the day
that I don't want to see
Will I drown if I don't stop;
would it be such a bad thing?
There is no flow,
no cosmic fate
awaiting "lost, little Becci."
How I wanted to shatter her teeth,
watch them make
in the red splatters on the floor.
But I... won't.
I will never be what I am in my
I'm just halfway,
halfway through eating myself,
biting my fingers
- how I wish they didn't tremble -
whilst turning into
hoping that the same songs will fill this hole that
.the stars rock themselves.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
there is nothing left;
they have peeled the moon
like a ripe fruit, coils
of pearly skin draping the hills,
only god knows
what they did to her core,
where they buried her seeds
in the earth
(i put my ear to the ground now and listen, for her children in their wombs of dirt)
Special Sundae Treat- Sammur-amat's Sunday FeaturePLEASE this feature and these wonderful works of art, thank you!Special Sundae Treat- Sammur-amat's Sunday Feature3 years ago in Personal More Like This
The amount of artistic talent here on dA has always amazed me, I feel like it should be a privilege to be able to feature such amazing pieces as these. Therefore, without further ado this Sunday's Specials
Comatose by intricately-ordinary Save it for your Priest by JJ-Lit
:thumb340407434: My Husband Tried To Make Love To Me by emilygolightly :thumb321960869: Where Spirits Meet by ArthurCrow
What are you doing? by ExistenceWeSummonYou Totems and Godhood by AzizrianDaoXrak white by antonfrost :thumb341435320:
How one Dead Views the Living by Somnolent-Droid Teatime by anapests-and-ink weak willed and weaker breathed by ohsparrowsong Do Not Call Him by otherwiseunbroken
i begin and end with you. by thefireflyliberation Infinite Infinitesimal Infinities by artistic-foolishness Expunge by autumnlit Flights of Fancy by xlntwtch
Red eye by ozzla I build by consolecadet
.the world is protesting;.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
screaming and shouting and
shaking and heaving, pouring
it's molten red heart out
and i do not want to be laid
to rest with a great grey slab
weighing me down, and i will
not be burned again, so i think
i'd like to sleep in nature's
bed, yeah he can take me, remove
my layers one by one and powder
my bones with lichen
(the world doesn't like waiting for anyone)
Round-up - JulyHere you go, some lovely pieces from our group! Just to inform you, admins agreed that after this round-ups will be posted on the last of the month.Round-up - July3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Stars by WitheredPages :thumb389475387:
Under the rug by kushamisaru at the foot of the infinity tree by indigo-mouse April's Ashes - FFM Day #22 by DirectionOfTime the zodiac thief. by momo-madness Nature Games by MorganWolfram Weather Witch by TheLunaLily Kyra by DaSkysTheLimit Laughter by TheStoyTeller
Some of them I thought were amazing, and others I just really liked. xD Congrats to everyone - especially those who were picked twice. Good job !
.at night, something mad.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
climbs into bed with me and
i go to war with myself -
words i do not want sit on the tip
of my tongue, so i bite the whole
thing off - crimson droplets fall
from the sky, and i start bleeding
rain - dead babies, their heartbeats
slipping through the cracks in my
floorboards - kettles abandoning
pots and then finding that neither
can function properly - white sheets,
pillowcases, walls and white faces -
a rabid cat clawing at the inside of
my temple, let me out - krill in the
bellies of whales, their hearts like
empty lockets - suffocating in the
silver lining - secrets giggling like
children in my mind, a game of hide
and seek i don't think i want to win -
a lamb frolicks around the body of a
lion and i reap something i never
even sowed in the first place
(you idiot, you idiot, what have you done)
Saturday Spotlight for May 18th, 2013Guidelines | How to Suggest a DLD | Group Administrators | Affiliation | Chatroom | Current Staff OpeningsSaturday Spotlight for May 18th, 20133 years ago in Art Features More Like This
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Toss into the bright waterSend out your poems. Don't be afraid. It'll make you better.Toss into the bright water3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Send something out everyday. Spare yourself the sense of never doing enough by at least doing something.
You may regret the feeling that comes from rejection, but you won't regret the action that brought you to it.
Don't fold up when they turn you away. Unfold even harder.
Think "how DARE they?" then open a slightly larger, slightly richer vein when you next sit down to write.
You'll think "i'll show them," but really you'll be showing yourself.
It'll make you better. Trust me.
Here is the link to the Poets & Writers database of magazines that I use. http://www.pw.org/literary_magazines
I have about 140 poems out right now, to 40 places. Along with a manuscript out to half a dozen publishers.
Magazines, fellowships, prizes. There are so many chances, so much lightning is flashing.
As an "Emerging Writer", I send out about 50 poems a month, to maybe two dozen places.
Which comes to getting publishe
A Call to Conversation(6)-:devpursuingthecerberus:Welcome to the sixth article focusing on featuring and getting to know the deviants behind the work! This series will be posted every Wednesday. If you have a deviant you'd like to see included, please send betwixtthepages a note with the subject "Call to Conversation"--make sure to include the deviant's name as well as a reason you think they'd make a good interview subject! Also, feel free to send along a question or two you'd like to have answered by them!A Call to Conversation(6)-:devpursuingthecerberus:3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
This week's featured deviant is PursuingTheCerberus!
My name is William. I'm a 34 years old and reside in northern New Jersey. Working in third party sales for Amazon.com and being my own boss affords me the time to write every day, which I consider the greatest possible gift EVER. I've been a reader my whole life and a writer most of my life. I have a black cat named Eleanor Rigby. I love Quentin Tarantino movies, cats, Autumn, dragonflies, and skeleton keys. If I wasn't a writer, I'
.my mother said it's rude.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
to write in red, i said well
please tell that to my skin
and please, take a look at this
rose on my wrist, at the eight
pints that flow through the stem
(can't drag myself out of my body, so i won't drag myself out of bed)
BeEveryone has a new nameBe4 years ago in Personal More Like This
I don't know who I'm talking to anymore
Maybe I'll just
Write poems about the joys of fried chicken
and steal office supplies from Wal-Mart
Walk a mile for a Camel and die of lung disease
Pretend that everything left is all right
Jump out of the darkness and bark at lovers
Eat fried chicken and explode on the fourth of July
Crawl home drunk and try to order a pizza
Sundae Treat- Sammur-amat's Sunday Feature + MOARPLEASE this feature and these wonderful works of art, thank you!Sundae Treat- Sammur-amat's Sunday Feature + MOAR3 years ago in Personal More Like This
The amount of artistic talent here on dA has always amazed me, I feel like it is a privilege to be able to feature such amazing pieces as these. Therefore, without further ado, this Sunday's Specials
13. by sense-and-stupidity :thumb289352749:
:thumb351412645: coefficient of fiction by toxic-nebulae Of Bliss by Concora and I still keep running into parked cars by Hfeather53
:thumb349231213: Waiting for You by SilverInkblot Smokin' by TheMoorMaiden on loving lengthwise by AlloenDreams
Water by otherwiseunbroken Hemispheres apart by ozzla we are all waiting to be found. by momo-madness days by glossolalias
CLAYMATION CONTEST RESULTS
1st Place Framed by BloodshotInk by :devkathrynodrisc
remedies for those suffering from writer's blockI was gonna title this "prompt journal" but since I'm listing full-fledged strategies and I'm weird you get this lovely little thing, my own personal Chicken Soup for the Literary Constipated. These are all tactics I use frequently or thought would be fun.remedies for those suffering from writer's block3 years ago in Personal More Like This
1. Create the prettiest, most unique imagery you can imagine and then write a poem around those words and phrases. (I once wrote a whole poem around the phrase cereal box savior )
2. Write dedications you plan on never letting anyone see. It can range from two lines to twenty stanzas, but sit down and tell everyone what you think of them in as poetic a way as you can. This is really cathartic and a good practice for those who don't write dedications well (*cough* me)
3. Write a diary entry in verse. Take your own emotions and stories and fictionalize them; make them close enough to the truth that it's easy to write but far enough from yourself that you still feel it's beautiful. This is also really cathartic.
4. Take a com
MemoriesI've been in China for almost a week now, and all the memories I have of this place is flooding back. Unfortunately, many of those memories are quite negative. A lot of people commented on my last journal asking why my stepmom and half brother had tried to kill me. It's not a secret and I'm in a weird mood right now so I'll retell the story.Memories2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I last visited China almost five years ago. I was unfortunate enough to be stranded at the LAX airport for two days. During that time, I met another girl my age who was also returning to China to visit family. We talked for a long time and I found out her parents are also divorced like mine. She told me how her stepmom would regularly burn her with cigarette buds. I was horrified but I felt lucky that my stepmom is kind to me. I told her I was lucky to have a nice stepmom. I had never been so wrong.
When I first arrived, my stepmom greeted me kindly, and we talked, joked, and hung out like a regular family would. But her mask was quickly cracking a
Daily Deviations for April 19th, 2013Daily Deviations for April 19th, 20133 years ago in Art Features More Like This
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.i have followed you, night.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
followed your voice, those silvery
ribbons of air -
led me to the black gates
where you lay,
i sit on my roof,
and the darkness sticks
out it's tongue
(it says make sure you smile, they'll think you're not glad to be here)
The Declaration of Rights of the BulliedYou have the right to feel pain and hurt when someone says or does something that hurts you, even unintentionally.The Declaration of Rights of the Bullied3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
You have the right to brush off someone else's words and actions and not allow them to affect your life.
You have the right to lose respect for someone who hurts you.
You have the right to be empathetic, and choose to understand that their words don't necessarily mean who they are.
You have the right to believe that someone is bullying you out of sheer sadistic cruelty.
You have the right to believe that sometimes the meanest people are those who are the most hurt inside.
You have the right to stand up for yourself in the heat of the moment. To call out behaviour that hurts you or others. To point fingers and say "This is wrong. This needs to change."
You have the right to stand up for yourself days, weeks, months or years after the fact. Sometimes you graduate from school and you and that bully are both in your 30s. Maybe they've matured. Maybe they haven't. You ha
Short Story Checklist(link found via tumblr)Short Story Checklist4 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
As if it's hard enough doing what we do as prosemonkeys,
here's MORE STUFF to consider in order to be the best at what we do:
We've got work to do if we're going to win the war on mediocrity.
I know I printed this out and will be using it in the future.
I did a thing!I told you guys I was going to do it, and I did.I did a thing!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
It's my graduation/Christmas present to myself.
My emotions are all over the place; I can't stop crying.
This means so much to me.
I suppose I'll write up a better explanation and story behind this later. I just feel like I'm floating right now.
Dear Poetry isn't just my username, it means too much to me to be only that. Poetry has honestly saved my life. Sometimes people ask me where I would be if I wasn't writing, and I tell them dead. There has been so much wrong in my life, and always kept it so hidden before someone told me to write it all down.
And last night, everything just seemed to click together. It was spur of the moment, and I walked into this tattoo parlor only seeking a price quote. The owner asked me how much I had on me, and personally did my tattoo for 25 dollars. I wanted to cry right then and there because he was being so nice to me. I think he could tell how much this simple tattoo meant to me. A
I can't believe everyone doesn't watch......these people.I can't believe everyone doesn't watch...4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Upon reflection there are a few everyone watches... there's some with moderate followings... and some seemingly unwatched. whatever the case may be these would be the artists that inspire, challenge, and delight me.
I can't believe everyone doesn't watch them.
Barcelet Shadow by ArtOriginal Weissspitze from below by alban-expressed
tx3a by Campo-Diaz Aching backs by brunette-from-oz :thumb284408713: ps38 by Campo-Diaz
Greenhouse by CrazyMurdock1 Lazy Morning by 1001G PARIS V by CountessBloody Calling From the Trees by Corvidae65
Trees of Winter by 1001G The Importance of Blue by Corvidae65 Naer by CrazyMurdock1 SCHIZOPHRENIA , ACT V by CountessBloody
Funkadelic - the ShoutoutsRecently, there have been people who have been outstandingly kind -- either to me or the community, and I wish to highlight them here.Funkadelic - the Shoutouts2 years ago in Personal More Like This
imaginative-lioness -- Okay, maybe not so recent, but she deserves a shoutout! Her Literature Roadtrips are so carefully put together, and the feedback she gives is always so kind and helpful. I thank her so much for all the time and dedication she has put forth in her Roadtrips. She also has a group LiteratureRoadtrip and you should all check it out!
anobrain -- Ella is such a kind and lovely person. I'd like to say that we've become good friends, and her kindness never ceases to amaze me. She recently read my recent poem, a collaboration piece with marlboroblacks, and uploaded it to soundcloud. You can read it here. https://soundcloud.com/ellathepirate/moor-by-ssolaris-and Thank you so much, Ella!
insomniaplague - Who has always been so kind and sweet to me since we
The Meaning of 'No' and Where to Go From ThereFor my AP Language and Composition class, we were supposed to write an essay on a controversial topic. I chose Rape Culture.The Meaning of 'No' and Where to Go From There3 years ago in Personal More Like This
An important line that seems to be blurred when it comes to sexual advances and the act of sex itself is the idea of "when does no mean no". If a woman is blackout drunk yet still asks for sex, even though she might not remember it in the morning, surely it isn't against her will? Or if a girlfriend says no, maybe she's just playing hard to get, right? Wrong. No matter the innuendos and no matter the situation, 'no' does in fact mean 'no'. Regardless of how drunk the person is or what they are wearing, there is never an excuse for rape or an 'invitation' for sexual assault. But the question is where did this mindset begin and why is it acted upon so often and without reproof?
The catalyst and the enabler of rape is much more complex than just a man's lust: the crux of the issue lies in the idea of "Rape Culture". Rape culture is a society in which people of all a