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Clap your hands! Or don't. I'm not a cop. 

I recently (as in about 5 minutes before starting this journal) wrote a poem about how I keep seeing lists about "The 10 Things Happy People Do" or "Things People Who Love Their Lives Do." 

UGH. GOODNESS GRACIOUS GREAT BALLS OF FIRE. SHUT. THE. F****. UP. 

Are we at a point where people REALLY need chintzy articles about self-discovery to guide them through self-discovery? Which, by the way, totally negates the idea of "self" discovery. I started reading those articles looking for nuggets of wisdom, once upon a time. After reading just one of those "Those who are _______ do _____!" pieces, I could feel steam coming out of my ears. 

You know what those who are _____ really do? PRETTY MUCH WHATEVER THE HELL IT IS THAT THEY FEEL MAKES THEM _______. 

Granted, it's good to see different perspectives on what makes others happy. But can't we start a discussion about it, rather than making oddly specific statements about what you should be doing to live your life to the fullest?
Why do we seem to need these kinds of articles to validate who we are and why we do what we do? Why do we keep propagating the belief that one specific laundry-list of qualities, actions, or experiences point toward "real" contentment?

What makes ME happy is walking to work in the fall, teaching kindergarteners, hot drinks, fuzzy socks, cute animals, trust in God, and knitting, among other things. If we have that in common, great! Far be it from me to dictate to you that this is how to achieve personal bliss. 

I am curious, though, to know what makes all of YOU happy! Please, I'd love comments on things that float your boat, whether they're one of "10 things" or not. :heart: 

Little Things: 
1) Beautiful day, and we had frost last night!
2) My dogs are wonderfully floppy this morning. 
3) Excited to hear what my PM Kindergarten students have to say today!

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Hello everybody! My name is Lizzie, and I'm proud poet. =) I started really writing poetry my senior year of high school. I had an amazing Creative Writing teacher...under her instruction, I became a Scholastic Gold Key poet, and was invited to read alongside Taylor Mali at the Sunken Garden Poetry festival. I am an alumnus of UVM, with my degree in Elementary Education, History, and Special Education. I'm a busy lady, but I still write on the side. Nature provides plenty of inspiration. :heart:
I'm trying to get my poetry published in a hopeful attempt to pay for college. I know it's a really long shot--so much of my poetry is in dire need of edits!! There are so many amazing voices here, I'd love to learn from you! Constructive criticism is appreciated, but PLEASE be sure to include what you think needs editing and how it could be better.


Feel free to send me a prompt, or a poem request. Sometimes I run out of ideas and I love getting new ones.

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I want to press my
lungs,
hands
into ink and make
rorschach prints.

If I held them up,
would they resemble
dreamscapes,
or night terrors?
There were birds in my chest.
Plucking out feathers
and making me choke.

I could not spit them out.

They had names that I swallowed,
coughed.
They nested in my ribcage
until my lungs cracked,
and when I opened my mouth
I cawed.

They were hiding in my lips
and chipping my teeth.
They clipped my tongue.

Perched on my sternum,
drawing me into the earth,
how their wings stretched
into the hollows of my eyes.

She recognized their plumage,
plucked a feather from my wrist
and showed me how to use such barbs
to write.
Quills
I can say, without a doubt, that without my creative writing teacher and theater teacher in High School, I would've completed a suicide. Encouraging me to acknowledge what I was going through with writing saved my life. 
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Mellow lamp-glow,
soft light,
whispers,
quilted hush.

Moon-washed walls
blue-white tinted,
crickets shiver,
starlit cantata.

Pillow rustles,
gentle turning,
slow breath
resting.
The piano plays
like January dusk,
light coming through the grey
to roll off the crusted hills,
pines dark against the monochrome.

Likewise, the violin
moves like birds
lost in the wind and snow.
Duet
Inspired by the Pride and Prejudice sound track, wouldn't you know. Particularly the piece "Darcy's Letter" after about the beginning 30 seconds. 

youtu.be/aL6oZDB2nTo?t=38s
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I know that
not every poem
will inspire my readers
to overturn
things as they know it,
and that perhaps
that poem will never happen.

But at ten o' clock at night
with frustration burning my eyes
and my window staring me down
I feel poised
to kick the world in another direction.

I can feel my chest tighten
around the words--
they are so tangible I want
to choke on them--
but halfway up my throat,
they turn to empty breath
and the taste of disappointment.

Was there ever a writer
who knew which piece would define them?
Or did they all begin
with staring at their open palms
grasping at thoughts
they had no name for?
Blocked
I want every piece to be the greatest piece written, and not only is that totally egoistic, but it's really quite intangible. I think about poets like Dickinson, Frost, Hemingway, William Carlos Williams, and Billy Collins and wonder if they just sort of knew when it was right to run with it, or if they stumbled onto success by the right mix of sheer talent and luck. 
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Thank you so much for the watch. :heart:
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We all know you're wonderful, but in case you've forgotten for a moment, here's a reminder--

YOU DID SOMETHING AWESOME TODAY! 

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callerofcrows Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Oh goodness!! This brought tears to my eyes--I'm very touched! You deserve the thanks, lovely, you do so much for everyone all the time. All the same, thank you so much for thinking of me! :heart: 
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:iconheartglompplz: You are so very welcome--keep being wonderful! (I'm sure you will!)
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You're very welcome!
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Adieu dear - I predict that the anxiety etc will wane...
take care..
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callerofcrows Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! It comes and goes, is still crippling at times but I'm pushing through and fighting hard to get better. 
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