On Being Single

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By Mentalistatwork

I’ll eat chocolate for breakfast
and smoke a cigarette for lunch

I’ll wear pajamas all day
and mascara all night

I’ll swipe left and right
and kiss indiscriminately

I’ll bring home an unmemorable date
and kick him out before coffee

I’ll be the person you fell for
and I’ll be single.

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The Midnight Flower

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By The Story Hive

A place, where the sunlight

isn’t allowed to go,

and where the starlight

falls to ground, swimming

through endless dreams,

taking refuge to shadows …

A place, forbidden to the sun,

protects those unborn, unseen,

neglected and hidden.

The most beautiful flowers

bloom under the midnight sky …

The most unique blossoms

in the land of twilight …

You Didn’t Keep Me Close

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By Nelly Black

You figured me out, but you didn’t keep me close. My quirks, my wants, my wishes. All the appropriate high fives and “want to get some tacos?” to the moments of grand gestures.

And you found the door with all the secrets, but didn’t want to step inside.
Or maybe I kept it locked, knowing that someday you would leave, like they always do.
So now that part of me will still float in your head, the “what ifs” and “could haves” and “well, maybes …” will linger.

And then there’s me. Stuck here, wondering the same things too.

Butt Dialed

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By Barry Basden

An odd thing happened last Saturday. You somehow called my cell. Good that Tess was out shopping. I’ve been lucky that way. I don’t know why you still have me in your phone, though I’m glad you do. I kept saying hello? hello? but all I got back was vague noise.

There seemed to be several people in the room, so I listened awhile. Then I heard you ask Paul what he wanted for lunch. I kept listening because it was really nice to hear your voice again.

When I finally hung up, I didn’t say goodbye this time either.

Social Media

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By Daniel Cuthbert

He scrolled down.

His cousin smiled sweetly as she posed with her current beau for homecoming.

He scrolled down.

His former roommate had finally proposed to his girlfriend of three years somewhere out in the middle of the Tennessee woods.

He scrolled down.

His former friend celebrated the coming birth of his first child, posting a video of the baby shower held recently.

He scrolled down.

His former girlfriend got the new job she always wanted.

He gulped down the rest of the whiskey in his glass as the night’s shadows lengthened.

He scrolled down.

Spiders Don’t Write Poetry

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By James Blevins

“We’re here for only a short while,” Amy said out loud, sketch pad on lap, pencil poised over blank page. “Then it’s back to the spider.”

Her breath, a frosty, cloudy haze, emitted percussively as she spoke. “But as far as I know,” she continued with added emphasis, pencil dancing across her sketch pad, “spiders don’t write poetry.”

When she was finished, she looked down at what she had drawn, then back to its source, satisfied. Above her, the sun was young, far below its apex in the sky.

“Maybe they don’t need words,” she mused. “Not like we do.”

Killing Time

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By John Joseph Jacobs

People say they’re killing time when they’re bored, but time is – literally – the only thing killing everyone.

It’s only a matter of time before that driver who isn’t paying attention veers into you, that tumor in your brain turns malignant, or Time himself has decided your time is up.

You can win the battle, and successfully forget that every second you’re moving closer to death, but you will ultimately lose the war.

Next time you’re bored just remember you’re not killing time it’s killing you.