words with friends

Things I learned in art school:

  1. If you try to make words sound pretty all the time, they never will

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Aside from the mermaids

Beluga whales are swimming here

Carefully whispering sea songs

Dating back to the time of the Vikings

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2. Everyone hates literature that has to TRY so hard

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A hawk’s wing is the same size as:

a paper towel roll, three corndogs lined up horizontally, a stoplight, an airplane window.

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3. Don’t you ever put the word “sunflower” next to “beautiful”

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Quarters settle in can of a beggar

Resting outside of a 7-11 very far away from the

Sea and the islands

Trampolines with broken springs

Unscrew and fall right over

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4. If you try to make words sound ugly all the time, they never will

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There’s something so goddamn awkward

About trebleclefs

I swear

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5. Don’t you ever put the word “love” next to “scarred”

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My cat is crosseyed as fuck.

If I’m really a writer (I’m not)

Then why am I so bad at Words with Friends?

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6. Because then you’re just like everyone else, you boring cliché

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If dogs danced on roofs with their whiskers

Instead of their paws

Then the world would be a hell of a lot different

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7. The worst poem I’ve ever written was about a heart that was hurting

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The song Amazing Grace has the word wretch in it

So I just can’t take it seriously

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8. The best poem I’ve ever written was about my cross-eyed as fuck cat

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Mom bought me Kleenex for college

Used up all six boxes

And I didn’t even have a cold

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9. No one has a plan

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When sand consents to being made to sandpaper,

only then will I show you my first poem.

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10. When you run out of things to say about autumn rain, just stop goddamn writing about autumn rain.

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Go back home to Florida- you ran out of things to say.

Posted by Shelby Curran on Wednesday 3 December 2014