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"ALL-ACCESS?"

Information jumbled-up requiring double, triple-checks even as all floods right into your brain and heart The clock is ticking You’re still losing time and perspectives with some potentially bad apples consumed, poisonous and troublesome Are you starving for knowledge or just trying to keep you safe? Why are you constantly on the edge? It’s like picking foods from the menu Not all is meant for you Check your brain and heart What’s the stat? Have they been overfed with what’s bad for your h...

24 April 2019, 01:50 AM
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"ALL-ACCESS?"

Information jumbled-up requiring double, triple-checks even as all floods right into your brain and heart The clock is ticking You’re still losing time and perspectives with some potentially bad apples consumed, poisonous and troublesome Are you starving for knowledge or just trying to keep you safe? Why are you constantly on the edge? It’s like picking foods from the menu Not all is meant for you Check your brain and heart What’s the stat? Have they been overfed with what’s bad for your h...

24 April 2019, 01:50 AM
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"BEHIND THEIR SILENCE"

The world is becoming more of a noisy place. Chatter, chatter, chatter. Everyone’s got something to say, even when not all of them are talkers. How does that work? Try to notice some subtle, not-so-obvious cues. Those are the signs not many can really tell. Their micro-expressions, body language, gestures. The things they don’t say, but their actions and attitude show. You have to be sensitive enough to notice. Don’t Be Fooled Many still believe that silence means submission and agreement. T...

23 April 2019, 03:59 AM
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"THE MONSTERS WITH ALL THE RIGHT WORDS"

I met a monster who said all the right words sweet and convincing making me believe we had something That monster wasn’t scary He looked so lovely but something was sinister the moment you got to know him better It was just a matter of ‘when’ before he used his looks as a weapon a hypnotic voice, like a snake-charmer pulling me into his death-chamber How did I get out? A mixture of mind games before abandonment I shouldn’t have ignored my skepticism I’ve survived and made it through It wa...

20 April 2019, 08:51 AM
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"THE MONSTERS WITH ALL THE RIGHT WORDS"

Sometimes you know it, yet you (choose to) delay the inevitable. You do that until you can’t take it anymore or others give you the reality check. (Other times it’s both at once.) Most of your reasons usually involve others besides you, when in fact you should prioritise YOU first. “Taking care of yourself first is not always selfish. Sometimes it’s necessary, not just to save yourself, though. It’s to save others too.” Where and when have you heard that? The last time you did hear that was p...

19 April 2019, 04:38 PM
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"THE MONSTERS WITH ALL THE RIGHT WORDS"

Sometimes you know it, yet you (choose to) delay the inevitable. You do that until you can’t take it anymore or others give you the reality check. (Other times it’s both at once.) Most of your reasons usually involve others besides you, when in fact you should prioritise YOU first. “Taking care of yourself first is not always selfish. Sometimes it’s necessary, not just to save yourself, though. It’s to save others too.” Where and when have you heard that? The last time you did hear that was p...

19 April 2019, 04:38 PM
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"THE YELLOW LIGHT"

a pause a question for a cause a bouquet of flowers a colour represents a message that says: “let’s just be friends” warm enough not too hot like red maybe it isn’t so bad not too cold like blue even when it’s chilly but true what else can you do? if this were a traffic light, would there still be any fight? a hesitation: should I stay or go? will I ever really know? not green, so no speed just take it slow a subtle warning sign a smile from a troubled mind eyes so cautious at the complim...

17 April 2019, 05:46 PM
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“TO SOME, EXPERIENCES AND MEMORIES ARE MORE PRECIOUS THAN MATERIAL THINGS”

You probably wonder about this sometimes. You see some people loaded with money and stuff. They buy a lot of fancy stuff and manage to look impressive. They do want to impress others, while some just want to feel good about themselves that way. (Others want to do both altogether.) Well, as long as you can really afford it, then that’s cool. That’s your personal choice and responsibility. Meanwhile, there are others who choose differently regarding money. To spend or invest? You decide. The mo...

16 April 2019, 02:00 PM
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"THE DYING SPIRIT"

Like a vehicle with a quarter of petrol in your tank or the last 50 in your bank account Like a tired athlete after a marathon, groaning at another round Like an endless conversation with a narcissist who demands that you agree with them Like a weary street fighter noticing enemies at every corner when all they want is to just go home How do you explain best about the state you’re still in? The smile you fake, despite this restlessness Perhaps you need another vacation Should you carry on,...

13 April 2019, 04:40 AM
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"THE DYING SPIRIT"

Like a vehicle with a quarter of petrol in your tank or the last 50 in your bank account Like a tired athlete after a marathon, groaning at another round Like an endless conversation with a narcissist who demands that you agree with them Like a weary street fighter noticing enemies at every corner when all they want is to just go home How do you explain best about the state you’re still in? The smile you fake, despite this restlessness Perhaps you need another vacation Should you carry on,...

13 April 2019, 04:39 AM
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"BEING SINGLE AMONG YOUR MARRIED FRIENDS"

Perhaps this is not much of an issue if you live somewhere else besides Indonesia. As usual, correct me if I’m wrong. If you have valid data to support your opinions and personal experiences, then that’s even better. To a plenty of people in Indonesia, this can be seen as ‘problematic’. They are also more critical towards single women, especially in their 30s. Many are still shameless when asking such intrusive, rude questions: “All of your friends are already married. What about you? When i...

12 April 2019, 01:56 AM
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"DE-VALUED"

“Oh, but I respect you.” While at the same time, you turn us blue keep us homebound, while you’re free to roam around. What humanity? We’re treated more like properties only seen at face-value though we have thoughts, feelings, and opinions too “Oh, but I do respect you.” Then why aren’t you listening? Why do you keep second-guessing whatever we say? You don’t really care anyway questioning our ‘rationality’ yet you demand that we do as you please We’re sick to death of your superiority. “O...

06 April 2019, 05:08 PM
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"THE TRUTH REVEALED"

My mother is one of the most patient ones I know. I’m not being biased about this. I have plenty of proofs. For starters, she can put up with a tomboyish, rebellious daughter like me. (I’m not being proud about this either; it’s just the way it is.) I’m like the female version of my father, always with a quick temper when it comes to injustice. It is no secret that I truly despise bullies and manipulators. (It’s even worse if they happen to be both!) Bullies, cheaters, and liars always refuse...

06 April 2019, 09:03 AM
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"QUESTIONS WITH QUESTIONS"

Questions with questions That’s how you answer Not much you mention, ‘though you’re such talkers How to expect you to understand, when faith has become a marketable item? Just big words in conversations, more polemics than solutions You’ve liberated more question marks up in the air, but they’re no stars no sparks, just more potential future scars Questions with questions...and more questions Trust issues are here Oh, so severe! Why can’t you just answer them, like common people do? Damn!...

02 April 2019, 01:21 PM
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"TIGRESS" (A Book Review)

How’s life through the eyes of the 'Tigress'? Luckily I was introduced to the works of this writer, Ayu Meutia. Of the 52 poems on her anthology debut, "Tigress", it's rather difficult to choose the poem that I really like. "Travel-Post Blues" is one of them. The majority of poems in "Tigress" are written in English. However, there are also those in Indonesian. The language style is honest, tends to be outspoken - but still subtle and plays well with images. For those who like the old literar...

31 March 2019, 10:42 PM
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"NO MORE LOVE POEMS?"

Go ahead and ask me to write you something happy as I stare at a page so empty I can write something trivial mundane, daily activities but what’s the difference with my regular schedule? There’s no artistic soul Just me, on an autopilot You may ask me to write you a love story Probably, yours is so much better while mine’s like, whatever I can write something true but perhaps it’ll turn you blue What can I do? Do you want me to pretend and lie to you? Perhaps you need to stop asking me in...

31 March 2019, 05:46 AM
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"THE DOMINO EFFECTS"

It takes one massive tragedy to create a domino effect. Just one push on one block at the corner. The rest of the file then collapses. Just like that. The domino effect can last a while, depending on the number of blocks. It also depends on the length of the file. The damage is usually badly-done. Even when almost everything is in ruins, it can take forever to rebuild. You can’t control everything and everybody. They will come up with different opinions, some even more extreme than the others...

30 March 2019, 01:51 PM
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"THE PRICE FOR MY LOYALTY"

(Note: This is not about me. I accepted a poetry challenge from a friend through someone else’s story. The one given to me is about a young woman who grew up in poverty and with lack of (or limited) educational opportunities. She grew up and married a man who turned out to be a drug-dealer. When he fled, she was left with his stash and got arrested by the police – pregnant with her third child. Her other two had to be taken care of by grandparents. The husband had been a fugitive for a while,...

26 March 2019, 11:53 PM
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"SLEEPLESS NIGHTS"

How do you cope with your sleepless nights? Do you force yourself by closing your eyes? Do you try to control your breathing, while clearing your mind? Do you pray to God at night? What if you still cannot sleep? You probably try to keep yourself busy until you’re finally too tired to stay awake. You read or write. You watch TV, surfing the channels to find the most boring program that can possibly put you to sleep. Some of you may prefer listening to music. Does that help you? I hope so too,...

25 March 2019, 11:54 AM
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"THE LAST WORD AND SILENCE"

There’s the child and the adult a heated argument involved You think the child’s always being told but not all adults are the grown-ups It’s funny when you see how some define victory by having the last word to say while others are forced into silence nothing new to this form of violence You confuse silence with agreement You assume you have won the argument Others are much smarter than you think No point in pushing when you’re all about winning instead of focusing on finding the solution ...

20 March 2019, 12:39 PM
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