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Kelsey

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United States
United States
Just a bag of bones trying to make a dent in the universe.
August 21, 2019
Columbus, United States

you are sunshine,
lighting the morning sky.
from early on you were a butterfly,
light and breezy and beautiful.
don't you let them forget, though.
butterflies were caterpillars once.
they've watched their entire world
fall and come again.
after a thing like that,
you could conquer anything.

SUNSET LOVE
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August 21, 2019
Columbus, United States

the wind bit our faces
& the dog nipped at our backs.
it gets harsh in Ohio in the winter.
we fell & climbed
more times than i could count.
the stark white
made me want to cry.
but when i looked at you,
laughing and falling and
laughing again,
i couldn't even feel the cold.

SUNSET LOVE
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August 21, 2019
Columbus, United States

the world is full of those
who will underestimate you.
do not let them sell you short.
you built your own world
from colored blocks and
your own two hands.
when they try to tear you down,
laugh in their face and
build yourself back up.
because you are a builder
in a world full of wreckers,
and they haven't seen
the last of you yet.

SUNSET LOVE
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August 21, 2019
Columbus, United States

i am a fraction
of a shadow
of myself.
then & now
bleed like a tie-dye shirt.
i am both
trauma
and
calm,
and you are a story,
villain and hero
all in one breath
none too real, all too real.

SUNSET LOVE
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August 19, 2019
Columbus, United States

warm, summer day.
two wheels,
two girls,
and a stubborn insistence
to conquer.
"you can, you will"
you did.
wide smile & shaky confidence,
you felt the wind at your back.
and, not once,
did you ever look back.

SUNSET LOVE
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August 19, 2019
Columbus, United States

life is an etch-a-sketch.
some days
are a beautiful work of art
and others are a wicked line.
in a single shake,
things go topsy turvy
and all is lost.
but from the empty sands
we can begin again.
and from nothing we make something
and from something we make nothing
and in the end,
all we have to show is the journey.

SUNSET LOVE
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August 19, 2019
Columbus, United States

don't let the sun & moon
distract you from the stars.
that's where wishes reside
& dreams are born.
we've all got a little stardust
in our bones.
the next time someone tells you
that you're not enough,
let yourself shine & show them
that you're a fucking galaxy
and all the best things
start and end with you.

SUNSET LOVE
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August 5, 2019
Columbus, United States

day
is almost as dark
as night.
i swear,
everywhere i look
is a nightmare
and i am
numb
to the terror.
i am trying
to shake myself loose.
god,
please let me
get loose.

DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY
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July 30, 2019
Columbus, United States

i use my trauma
to tie my tennis shoes because
it keeps my feet on the ground
better than a cement block
ever could.
i suppose i should thank you
for keeping me
grounded,
but all i've ever wanted
was to fly.

DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY
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June 18, 2019
Columbus, United States

this insecurity
is slicing the skin from my bone
like a hot knife through butter.
god how i burn
when i think of you,
of all the not enoughs in your eyes
and the words unanswered.
i don't know if it's fair to say
it all started with you.
but i do know
that i was shouting into a void
where your heart was supposed to be
and the darkness came for me
after you unscrewed the lightbulbs
for someone else's home.
when you held me in your arms
you promised me forever,
but you're both
the ghost in my camera lens
and the monster in my closet.

STARS
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May 31, 2019
Columbus, United States

i love the way
you love the world,
how you hold the sun in your hands
and still let it shine.
most would shield the light,
hide it from the world.
but you are not threatened,
you are sure and soft and
a lightning bolt in a rainstorm.
how can i not fall in love
with someone who both
bends the world to her will and
side-steps for the wind?
you are the most beautiful dance
i've ever known.

ENJOY THE LITTLE THINGS
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April 22, 2019
Columbus, United States

you are a jelly-filled doughnut.
your powdered face lured me in
like a moth to the flame,
and i begged for a taste.

nothing could prepare me
for the bitterness that lay
at your core. eyes scrunched,
face contorted,
i tossed you away to the trash.

i couldn't finish what i started,
and you weren't what you promised,
and we'll never really be the same.

HAPPY EARTH DAY 2019
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April 21, 2019
Columbus, United States

some days i am a black hole.
every breath i take
destroys a little more,
and nothing can fill my void.

HAPPY EASTER
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March 26, 2019
Columbus, United States

write me down
like a firecracker epiphany
through your muddled brain.
scribble me on paper
before my beauty fades.
shape me in the arcs and bridges
of your words,
spit me like a soliloquy
that you can't bear to go unheard.
tear me to shreds,
rip me limb from limb.
set my pieces on fire
just to do it all again.

GOOD THINGS TAKE TIME
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March 20, 2019
Columbus, United States

do
not
settle
into your skin
into your place
into your bones.
you are a rubber band
snapping from one to the next,
energy and movement and change.
in a world of potential,
be kinetic. be bold,
be challenging, be brave.
you are ever-moving,
and you cannot be destroyed,
only transformed.

INTROVERTS WEEK
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March 15, 2019
Columbus, United States

life
is a rubik's cube.
it will have you thinking
you're going the right way,
doing the right things,
just to tumble from your
exasperated hands unsolved.
do not let it beat you.
see,
you've always had a knack
for puzzles and a persistence
unmatched by the wind.
a block of colors
is nothing to
the light bulb that is your mind,
and though you may find challenges,
you'll find your way out every time.

WRITE YOUR OWN STORY
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March 15, 2019
Columbus, United States

the raindrops on the window
refract the light of the moon
into a sea of stars.
i swear,
when a tear falls
from your eye
an entire galaxy
crashes to the ground.

WRITE YOUR OWN STORY
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March 14, 2019
Columbus, United States

deconstruct me.
play my vertebrae
like a xylophone,
make my ribcage your home.
i am a jack in the box
wound tight,
each note brings me closer to you.
i am explosive,
and you detonate me like
the bomb-wrangler you are.
the stars are shards of shrapnel
from the big bang
that set me on my path
to you and i,
i would devour the universe
before leaving you behind.

ORIGINAL
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March 11, 2019
 

a porcupine has made its home
in my chest.
it prefers to be
lulled to sleep by
complacency.
when i step out of the box
it awakens,
its quills impaling my breast
until I return where i belong.
& even though
i go dizzy from holding my breath
so as not to disturb,
i find some kind of strange
pleasure in the company.

ORIGINAL
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March 13, 2019
Columbus, United States

you
are the stars and the moon,
shining in the darkness.
it can be cold
& lonely, lighting the world
on your own.
but darling you are not alone.
i am behind you,
eclipsed by your light
but looking upon you
with wonder, and love, and
pride.
i have told many stories,
but your success
with each day
is the greatest of all.

WRITE YOUR OWN STORY
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February 18, 2019
 

dive into yourself
like you plunged into the dark abyss
of the ocean.
taste the frigid bittersweet
on the tip of your tongue.
this world is full of wonders
to be explored, friends to be made,
questions to be asked
and answered.
you are the greatest enigma,
both an exclamation point
and a brief, unyielding pause.
in the quest for glory and greatness
do not forget to beat your own drum,
the thud-thud, whoosh-whoosh
is your greatest adventure of all.
-ka

ORIGINAL
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March 10, 2019
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strong women
don't start out strong.
they are grown by proud mothers,
scuffed by tough times
and cleansed by seas of tears.
their wide hearts
start out closed and timid,
until they are broken wide
and mended back together.
strong women don't always look
strong.
sometimes they go back
again and again
to a monster because
they are too good.
sometimes they fold themselves
like a paper doll because
the world has convinced them
they are not enough.
but never, ever
underestimate a strong woman.
because in that very moment,
when they are at their lowest
and they seem their weakest,
that is where you'll find
the strongest women of all.

HAPPY WOMEN'S DAY
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March 6, 2019
Columbus, United States

you double dutch
up and down my spine,
my vocal cords twirling
in your hands.
the playground cacophony
chokes me, and once again
i am standing outside
the jungle gym looking in
at your cheshire smiles.
"why don't you come in &
stay a while?"
they say fight or flight
is an animal instict,
but i am neither jaguar or crow.
you pull my veins taught,
don your bow and
play me like a violin.
i am a game
you'll always win.

-ka

LIGHT LETTRS LOGO
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March 3, 2019
Columbus, United States

oh, the words.
they are on the tip of my tongue
as i stare into your eyes,
but they'll never be enough.
how do you describe
stars colliding and sending tidal waves
across the black abyss?
how can you explain
a black hole filled with the sun,
no longer dark, or cold?
You
are an ocean,
a light storm,
a shooting star,
a meteor shower,
dew on the morning grass,
a dandelion on the wind.
darling, you are what they sing songs of.
you are light
& love.

MAKE YOUR MARK
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March 3, 2019
Columbus, United States

an elephant on my chest,
the room spinning when i move,
when i sit,
when i breathe.
"it's nothing."
but it is everything and i
am a top spinning out of control,
a short fuse
because i lash out
when i can't see straight
& some days i am more apology
than human.
god damn, i'm sorry for the way i am
and the way i'm not, and i'll try
to be a better ___________.
thank you -
for loving me anyway.

MAKE YOUR MARK
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March 1, 2019
Columbus, United States

there's a bright blue
bubblegum wrapper
at the forefront of my wallet.
every time i pay a bill,
i'm reminded of your baby blues
& just for a moment i'm lost
in an ocean of you.
your laugh, crashing around me like
the most beautiful melody,
your sunshine smile beating down,
your umbrella heart my home.
i think these little moments
are some of the most beautiful
i've ever known.

MAKE YOUR MARK
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February 28, 2019
Columbus, United States

Everything's not awesome -

it's like
a tsunami blew through
my soul, splitting me right in half
& everything i knew
is littered around me raining down
like ash from a dumpster fire.
the world that once was
of hope and change and progress
can no longer be,

My spirits are at the bottom of the sea.

how do i look in the mirror
and smile back when all i can see
is not what i have but what i lack?
& i beg to turn back time to
all of the remember whens,
but the fog around me pulls me back in
again and again and -
there you are. like a lighthouse you make yourself known
and guide me home.
take my hand, we'll start again and

Build it together,

we'll rebuild it together.
you and i...

MAKE YOUR MARK
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February 20, 2019
Columbus, United States

when you came into this world,
the sun smiled.
"That one's special,"
she whispered to the moon.
"I spent a little extra time
and a lot of extra love on her."
your first smile was an upside-down
rainbow, colors like the world
had never known,
and the sun shined a little brighter
on you.
"Just wait until you see
what I did," said the moon
with a wink.
when you laughed,
your eyes lit up like shooting stars,
illuminating even the darkest souls,
and all of my wishes came true.
But perhaps what makes you
most special of all
is the way you grabbed my heart
and made it your home.

WHITE CLOCK
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February 19, 2019
Columbus, United States

i am a twist tie
tossed to the floor
and kicked under the fridge.
what does it mean
to not feel alone?
color faded,
warped beyond recognition
i lay, holding on
for a faint brush of light
in the darkness - a cool breeze,
a quaint hum, and the slightest smell
of apple.
all i desire is to be known.

+ka

WHITE CLOCK
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February 17, 2019
Columbus, United States

he convinced you
that you were a used paper towel,
and threw you away.
you listened to his lies
so long, they became your world.
and now you're shaken,
questioning your very being
at the hands of this
Boy. he's just a boy,
do not worship him
by deeming yourself unworthy.
Baby,
you are an earthquake
that made his bones shake,
so he spit poison to hide his fear.
he never had the capacity to love
your wide eyes &&
sunshine smile.
do not let him take scissors
to your tapestry,
because you are a monsoon
in the dead of night and
a rainbow after a hailstorm and he,
he was never good enough for you
anyway.

-ka

LET'S FALL IN LOVE
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