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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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"5 LAME WAYS TO APOLOGISE"

When we realise we have made mistakes – either big or small – we apologise. That’s what all real, sensible grown-ups (should) do. Only narcissists don’t, because they don’t care about offending other people. Or, do they? Even if they do, is that for real? Do they really mean it? Do they do that because they realise they’ve done wrong – or is it just to save their own faces? “But at least they apologise. Doesn’t that count for something?” Sure, they do. Still, you have to watch out for some – ...

20 March 2019, 08:28 AM
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"SAFE?"

Have I told you that comfort zone is temporary? Go ahead, call me crazy. Have I told you that a safe space is an illusion? It’s our own creation. It’s just like us. It doesn’t really last. You claim that women are safest at home, but many are assaulted in their private rooms by family who should be protecting them and these women are forced into silence in the name of family honour? Don’t you get their horror? The houses of worship have been tainted by blood prayers taken by bullets Nobody ...

17 March 2019, 08:28 AM
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"A FEW SMALL CIRCLES"

You know what they say. The older you get, the fewer friends you (tend to) have. It’s just how it is. Keep your circle small. All smart people (should) do that. I’ve heard this so many times before. In a way, there’s some truth in it. It’s not just about allocating your time and energy wisely. It’s also about choosing to stick with people who won’t ruin your life too much with their drama and toxicity. It’s nothing like when you’re still in your teens and twenty-somethings. You still have it ...

17 March 2019, 07:31 AM
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"HOW TO IDENTIFY MONSTERS IN THE CROWD"

Is this paranoia – or are you simply being realistic? Last year has taught you really damn well. Not only that, unfortunately. You look around you and realise the world is getting crazier. The monsters are out. In fact, they have been all along. The problem? It’s getting harder to spot them and tell the difference. Most of them look completely human. Some seem harmless from the outside. It’s their dangerous minds. It’s what’s inside you can’t really find. It’s the teachings and the shared – a...

10 March 2019, 05:33 AM
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"I FOUND YOUR OLD LETTER"

I found your old letter while removing some clutters I read it again and felt a slight jab of pain You said you were sorry when we agreed we could no longer be You’d even thanked me for all I’d done for what we’d had back then even for a short time It took me a while to gather all I wish I’d said back then, before it was all too late: I’m sorry too Have I given up on you a little way too soon? You said I knew how to reach you A part of me wanted to, yet I paused like a statue What should ...

05 March 2019, 03:08 PM
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"MY BODYGUARD"

Aidan. That’s how I call him – a six-foot-tall, handsome-looking droid, created by my late father. Yes, he was a mad scientist. Slightly mad? Maybe. So cliche. Somehow, Dad had left Aidan to be automatically activated by the time I turned 18. A surprise birthday present for me. “Hello. My name is Aidan. I have just been automatically activated by your father, Professor D, as your birthday present. I am here to serve as your bodyguard. Happy birthday, Darla.” “Uh, thanks. I guess.” I didn’t kn...

04 March 2019, 03:32 PM
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"TO THE ATTENTION-SEEKER(S)"

Make sure you have something worth watching for because you demand your audience’s attention, taking up their time absorbing their energy just to notice you You could be an entertainment a source of real education or just an annoying distraction Take your pick? I’m afraid not You don’t get to decide how the world should respond to you Why don’t you just ditch your expectations before you face another moment of painful embarrassment? But hey, at least you get noticed Shouldn’t that be your ...

02 March 2019, 03:31 PM
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"THE SEVERE TRUST ISSUES AND MORE UNANSWERED QUESTIONS"

How do you believe in someone who makes you have severe trust issues with them? It’s not always about you being paranoid and perfectionist at the same time. You don’t just have your reasons – whether they are yours or else. You have your valid proofs. How do you believe in someone who answers your questions with more questions? Unless we’re in Philosophy 101 or we would like to keep our personal matters our own (from nosy, judgmental people), it is a serious issue. Why do you answer a questio...

02 March 2019, 08:29 AM
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"NO (REAL) BREAK FOR NOW"

No break for you now, ‘though it seems unfair somehow You have to keep on working, no matter how exhausting Others with less or zero effort seem to earn more including those open doors lots on silver platters For you, no break It doesn’t matter your heart aches Hunger can drive you crazy Anger might turn you into a killing spree Somebody’s taken away your rights You’ve had it with the same old fight They’ve moved on with something new as if they’ve never harmed you It doesn’t matter No, n...

25 February 2019, 11:27 AM
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“MY DIGITAL COMPANION(S) – An Ode To ASMR* Audio-Video Listeners”

That night – just like most nights – I returned to my room, feeling completely exhausted. I dropped my backpack on the foot of my bed. I started charging my phone and turned the TV on. Same old shows. Same old life. While my phone was still charging, I turned it on. I know it’s a bad habit. I just can’t seem to stop. I mindlessly made a selection there. That night, I just wanted to escape the silence. I brushed my teeth in the bathroom and washed my face. Then I changed into my PJs and sat do...

18 February 2019, 11:51 AM
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"KEEP HIM (BUT STOP COMPLAINING!)"

Love is weird Sometimes it ignites my fear Maybe it’s often mistaken confused with a sad obsession You think he’s the one even when he keeps fooling around Still, you insist on staying in order to keep him What’s so good about always getting hurt? He’ll never feel enough with just one girl He needs more die-hard fans He does so, just because he thinks he can So you love him despite everything It’s the life you choose even with a lot to lose Your friends have grown tired He’ll always be a ...

09 February 2019, 07:46 AM
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"(MORE BRUTAL) HONESTY IN FICTION"

Sometimes, especially these days, some people are more open and honest in the world of fiction. How come? Does that always mean they’re such filthy liars? Does that mean they’re tricksters that must never be trusted? Some people are like that, indulging themselves in the world of fiction. If it still just involves reading and writing, then it’s all cool. There’s nothing wrong with doing such. It’s all in the name of pure, harmless entertainment. Obviously, I do that too sometimes. If some p...

06 February 2019, 05:22 PM
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"THE BLISSFULLY, IGNORANT YOU"

It’s true, I guess Ignorance is bliss Your life is perfect How come they don’t get that? Why is it always bad? So you’ve found the love of your life Your oh-so-perfect little wife You think the whole world has always been beautiful The complainers are nothing but ungrateful, such annoying fools There’s no empathy for the unlucky You flaunt your fortunes yet you give the wrong impression too proud but ignorant Through your eyes, you barely realise life isn’t just unicorns and rainbows There...

02 February 2019, 10:38 AM
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"7 PEOPLE I'D RATHER DISMISS AND IGNORE FOR GOOD INSTEAD OF ARGUING WITH IN 2019"

I have to admit; I’m not too crazy about debates. I used to and I’d do a whole lot more to fight for what I believe in. It wouldn’t matter if people hated my guts for it. Well, I still don’t care if they still do. I just choose my battles wisely. Instead of wasting my precious time and energy arguing with people who are not even worth it, I prefer dismissing and ignoring them completely. I know that sounds cold, though. However, for the sake of my own mental health, I know that sometimes I ...

02 February 2019, 05:07 AM
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"I'LL NEVER BE YOU"

I’m not sorry for keeping my distance from the very beginning You’ve already showed me your false courtesy your later cold hostility You may be the life of the party Many guys might find you sexy Perhaps I do have the slight envy However, I’ll never be you I don’t even want to I ain’t got nothing to prove You may interrupt rudely the conversation between him and me running your fingers through his hair and jaw disregarding my whole existence as you demand for his attention I know he’s no...

24 January 2019, 12:19 PM
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"THANK YOU, BUDDY!"

Hi, I never thought you’d suddenly greet me on social media. We haven't talked in like, ages. You're busy there, and so am I here. "Do you know something?" you suddenly asked, cheerfully. "We have been friends for 12 years, you know. Never expected this, huh? " True, I thought. I still remember when we first met. We met in one of the community sites for students around the world. At that time, I was a 25-year-old freelance blogger and writer who was still looking for a permanent job in Jaka...

22 January 2019, 08:40 AM
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"THANK YOU, BUDDY!"

Hi, I never thought you’d suddenly greet me on social media. We haven't talked in like, ages. You're busy there, and so am I here. "Do you know something?" you suddenly asked, cheerfully. "We have been friends for 12 years, you know. Never expected this, huh? " True, I thought. I still remember when we first met. We met in one of the community sites for students around the world. At that time, I was a 25-year-old freelance blogger and writer who was still looking for a permanent job in Jaka...

22 January 2019, 08:40 AM
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"I'M NOT HER"

You’ll probably see me an offbeat character at this party a plain, simple girl-next-door wondering what she could possibly offer What? Who?? No, no way I’m wondering if you do see me like I see you too the one who’s not really into this crowd a phone in your hand, so distracted I love how we talk ‘cause I’d love to interact Perhaps we both stand out slightly detached from this current crowd Still, I’m not her I’m not insecure nor a slut-shamer I’m just not into being flirtatious not even t...

20 January 2019, 05:41 AM
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"I'M NOT HER"

You’ll probably see me an offbeat character at this party a plain, simple girl-next-door wondering what she could possibly offer What? Who?? No, no way I’m wondering if you do see me like I see you too the one who’s not really into this crowd a phone in your hand, so distracted I love how we talk ‘cause I’d love to interact Perhaps we both stand out slightly detached from this current crowd Still, I’m not her I’m not insecure nor a slut-shamer I’m just not into being flirtatious not even t...

20 January 2019, 05:41 AM
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