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[one] i just hope that you know that you are beautiful.
i hope when you’re looking into the mirror and are
bemoaning pale cheeks and angled eyes that you know
these are the things that make you the most breathtaking.
and when the ones you trust turn their backs, realize that
they are the ones lacking: not you. i hope you know that
you are intelligent and compassionate and all together
lovely. you are every single thing that every single person
should aspire to be.

[two] i wish you knew how i would fold at the knees like
faded denim if you weren’t there to hold me up. i wish
i had the words to tell you that you’re the one mirror i can’t
stand to look at when my own lies are fogged back into my
lungs. you’re my strength when i’m tired, you’re my comfort
when i’m crying and swearing that i’m not enough, that i’ll
never be enough. you call me brave, but i know it’s only
because i managed to swallow and borrow your courage.

[three] we are not what people like to label and call best. we
are laughing too loud in the middle of a crowd, you are
throwing me on your back and racing down the pier. we
are fighting in the middle of the restaurant and throwing
fists in the parking lot. we hug with split lips and ignore
phone calls during the middle of the day. you know i love
you, but there are times i can do nothing but hate you.

[four] if there were words, i’d tell you how you’re making me
swallow my spine. i’m driving with shaking hands and picking
up my confidence to only throw it on the concrete and let it
shatter. you’ve turned me ten times on my heel so i’m dizzy
and falling to my knees, not knowing which way to turn but
wanting to follow you anyways. you’re making my tongue swollen
and my elbows ache and i can’t find it in me to walk away.

[five] we’re sending reassurances across the phone lines, telling
each other it will be alright through cell phone screens and
blinking messages. when i’m scared, you’re letting my fears
out of the box to run out the door. and when you’re lost i’m
letting you use my eyes because maybe distance really does
offer a clearer perspective. know that i’ll always be here
for you, know i’ll never turn you away when you’re in need.

[six] when i scrape my knees, you are the first to pick me up off
the pavement. when i am standing with broken bones, you are
the first one to cast my arm and kiss my temple. you are shielding
my heart from the worst of the breaks, a fist and a steady eye
keeping me from swallowing my lungs. i don’t think i thank
you enough, but i never want you to think i don’t appreciate you.

[seven] you’re running off with my heart in your pocket. you’re
oblivious to the fact that you’ve almost ruined my chances of giving
away what you’ve so aptly tried to take and make yours. and when
you smile, you don’t seem to realize that my pulse is wound
like wires around your tongue and every time you move it’s
jump-starting my nerves in the most uncomfortable way.

[eight] when we fight, i want you to know i am acidic only
because i can see my face in yours. i want you to know that
i am slicing at you viciously only because i know that we are
both stubborn enough to take it. and when your fist is slamming
against my nose, when my words are tearing at your limbs,
i know that we are related in so many more ways than blood.

[nine] we were ruined before we had a chance. we were a sparkler
in the middle of the night, taking a few days and spinning them
into something more. we were building up laughter in steamed
breath and fingers touching angled cheekbones. we weren’t
forever, but you were teaching me the beauty of the now. you
were teaching me to take joy in seconds and not in centuries.

[ten] thank you for being there to support me when i wasn’t sure
i knew how to support myself. thank you for standing behind me
when my spine collapsed, for holding my hand when i didn’t know
where i was going. there are so many ways to say thank you and
i don’t know if i can find all the words to let you hear them all.

[eleven] i am hiding my heart and stealing it back from greedy
fingers. i am running behind locked doors and looking through
parted blinds. i know you think you can carry my heart, but i
can’t find the words to tell you no. so know i mean it when i say
i appreciate your friendship, but i can’t give you what you want.
if i could let you know, i’d let you know who already has it, who’s
stealing it from under your nose. but i don’t have the words so
just know i mean it when i say i’m sorry. trust me, i do.
{"i took a walk in the rain one day
on the wrong side of the tracks
i stood on the rails till i saw that train
just to see how my heart would react
now some people say that you shouldn't tempt fate
and for them I would not disagree
but i never learned nothing from playing it safe
i say fate should not tempt me"
--mary chapin carpenter

lyrics are just important to me
not really having anything to do with this piece:]
this is personal, therapeutic and something i needed to do.
there are so many things i need to say
and so many things i need to hear
but until i get my answers, this will have to do
:heart:


[this is for eleven different people, just so you know.]
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:iconinsanitykeepsmesane:
InsanityKeepsMeSane Featured By Owner May 10, 2010
Help me please.... I am making a collection folder on DA for these... so if you know anyone else who on here who has written one link it to meh please >.<
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:iconthefireflyliberation:
hm, i'm not sure of who else did one, i'll give it some thought though!
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InsanityKeepsMeSane Featured By Owner May 11, 2010
okay just let me know if you see any around ;)
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WithinMyGrasp Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010
this made me cry, it was so beautifully sad in it's way.... and that's saying something, i'm a guy and I NEVER cry.
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:iconthefireflyliberation:
aw, thank you so much :hug:
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siccave Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
either way, this was something i couldn't really ignore.

do you have any pointers to people who want to be as pro as you?
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:iconthefireflyliberation:
thank you! and i'm hardly a pro :P i would just say to keep writing.
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peridot-magelette Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009
i faved at one.
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peridot-magelette Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009
i lurve that emoticon! it so cute!
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InsanityKeepsMeSane Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009
Everytime I read one of these I become even more amazed the very concept. I hope you felt as relieved to write your as I did when I wrote one. If you feel so inclined as to read mine as well I would be honored, and if you already have I hope you enjoyed it half as much as I enjoyed yours!
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:iconthefireflyliberation:
it was so ridiculously therapeutic.
[and i really really enjoyed yours]
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InsanityKeepsMeSane Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009
Thanks I really enjoyed yours as well :D
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MsShai Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
I am not an educated person, I do not know 'literature'- but your words can reach out from the page touch the heart. You have an amazing gift, Thank you for sharing it.
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thefireflyliberation Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
thank you soso much :]
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Twilightjunkie94 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
i love how all eleven things seemed to tie together. wonderful job.
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:iconthefireflyliberation:
thefireflyliberation Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
thank you!
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Twilightjunkie94 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
you're very welcome!
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cherrichan13 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I think...this is amazing. I find these usually read like one story, even thought they aren't. I'm glad you wrote one if it helped you as much as writing one helped me. :heart:
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:iconthefireflyliberation:
thank youu :heart: and it did help, it helped a lot
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platinummyr Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
:hug: it always feels good to let these things out. :heart:
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:iconthefireflyliberation:
:heart: it's therapeutic
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tsuki22 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009   Writer
its too wonderfulll..ni swear it takes a lot of courage to write your life like this for all to read....
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:iconthefireflyliberation:
it's kind of a vulnerable feeling, but it's also liberating
:heart:
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tsuki22 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009   Writer
yeah i know...infact most of the times such feelingshelp us move n with life and become much stronger than how much we think we really are.....:)
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Five-flowers Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009
Mary Chapin Carpenter- I love her, and that song!

Oh, and your poem's lovely too. x3
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:iconthefireflyliberation:
haha thank you :]
i love her toooo
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HamletCell Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009
your writing speaks so much to me.
i need it like i need oxygen.

:heart:.
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:iconthefireflyliberation:
that means so much, thank you
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CheckeredPanda Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh honey :heart:
I almost cried at the 11th =\
I wanted to do that thingy too,but I realized I don't even know eleven people,not eleven people I have something to say to,anyway.

this made you life seem so complicated.
but at the same time,showed that you have some great friends who are there for you to help you through it all
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:iconthefireflyliberation:
life is complicated regardless :P
and you should write this. just write however many you have.
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Chibi-Risu Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009
Very good, i love it
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:iconthefireflyliberation:
thank you!
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KJ-Illustration Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
This is beautiful... :heart: Wonderful gifts to some wonderful people; it tells you care for them very much :aww: ~ :huggle:
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:iconthefireflyliberation:
i do :heart: i'm so glad that translates
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zLustre Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009   Writer
hey do you mind if i do something like this? short little letters of confessions to different people. because i'm in need of such therapy right now.

and lovely, this is beautiful.
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:iconthefireflyliberation:
oh i don't mind at all :heart: enjoy yourself
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zLustre Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009   Writer
thank you. :huggle:
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Iniquitire Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009
I'm curious as to who are the 11 lucky people are lol. But its a beautiful piece :) it really is. I love the way I can tell your heart went into it :) excellent
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:iconthefireflyliberation:
haha they are just people in my life :heart:
some have been there for a long time, some are very new.
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Iniquitire Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009
very cool, i think I love stories that have actual characters existing in it..feels more genuine ^.^ good work :)
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happymegs81 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009
AH.

I was confused, but when I read your comment it all made sense.

This is a really amazing piece, you did an awesome job on it!

This is one of my favorites of yours! :D
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:iconthefireflyliberation:
haha yeah, reading it as one piece would be confusing :hmm:
but thank you!
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happymegs81 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009
your welcome
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Wildfire222 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009
This definitley made a little bit more sense when I read the author's description and found out it was eleven different people. haha but that was incredibly deep and touching.
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:iconthefireflyliberation:
haha yeah that'd be confusing
but i'm glad you liked it :heart:
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halfie-redpanda Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009
i like it a lot ^-^ [one] especially. it reminds me of the song "Tied Together With a Smile" by Taylor Swift.
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:iconthefireflyliberation:
ohh i love that song! thank you :heart:
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KnockMeOutt Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009
I love this so much. It shows many sides of you and the various relationships you have been in.
Easily lovable and definately relatable :heart:
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:iconthefireflyliberation:
i am soso glad you liked it. that means the world to me.
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