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Get out get out get out
Burst out of my head, please
If that’s what you need
Make it bleeeeeeeedddd
Make the ink run
All over the paper
Throughout the sea of my mind
Release the beasts
They’re stalking around their cages
And it’s making me nervous
Blow the bars up
Split them wide open
Make the wild
At one with the world
Just hold me tight
When the explosion burns
And we turn spinning
Round and round and round and round
I listen to you
You listen to me
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Moon Landing
Wanna fly to the moon,
Grab my girl along the way
Or maybe sometime after,
I cannot really say
Where I'm going
Or where I am
But I see it in my head
Around and beneath and above me
Are stars contained
In shimmering vessels,
Fleshy bodies just about to
Like the fire inside my mind,
Roaring, crackling, cackling at
The ones who see the marvelous Me,
The wizard with a wand stuck in their face
Threatening, prodding,
Piercing, transforming
The wish-rocks that
Orbit in my way
Over the moon,
Straight on till morning,
Across the universe,
Landing in my heart.
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My inspiration in the dark of night
Under heavy stones and notions light
Spins me across the plains of day
Everything blurs till I lead the way
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Seven Months
It’s been seven months
Since the time I last saw you
Fell to pieces that night
In the dying moonlight
Shared my feelings for you
Poured them onto the gritty concrete
Out of my mouth, away from my heart
Hoping with you they’d stick
I never thought the day would come
But the time was right
And I knew it well
There I was, shaking with desire
There were you, frozen by my words
Paralyzed, speechless in the new spring air
Then finally responding
“I’m not sure if I dare.”
Then relief
Then agony again
Followed by a slow burn
Down to bereavement
Over the loss of us
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This Girl
This girl’s on my mind,
An ache that sets me free.
The joy she brings is tough to find;
It lets me know I’m me.
Indeed, I’m alive
When I look into her eyes.
The spark goes on forever,
And the love bond never dies.
This girl’s in my mind.
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Thomas and the Gray Man
Thomas briskly paced out the front doors of his suburban office building. Sounds were flooding his brain – the ticking of his wristwatch, the beating of his heart, his shoes hitting the pavement, and the blood rushing through his head. He had to get home soon. And it wasn’t just because Greer, the terrier, had to be let out.
That day, every staple, each slam of the trash can lid, had startled him. It was driving him crazy. Usually, recuperation at home was enough to see him through. Today, Thomas wasn’t sure that’d be the case. Still… Just one more day. Repeatedly telling himself that was all he could do.
As he was marching past Trage Park, he spied a dark bird perched in a tree overhead. At first he just kept walking, but gradually, the bird seemed to slow down time itself, and Thomas found himself stopping completely in his tracks. And he just stared at it. Or did the bird stare at him? Which one of them started this?
Lifetimes went by before Thomas sho
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Things assumed,
Words unsaid,
The truth never told,
All in the head.
There are so many things
Unknown about me to others.
We laugh, we smile, we speak.
But if there are so many unknowns about me,
Oh how many about others can there be?
What's behind a laugh, a smile, a word?
How many secrets still remain unheard?
It goes without saying, no one knows.
We're all too absorbed in our fights and our woes.
We are all someone.
We are all full people -
Whole, unbroken.
Why does so much stay
The barriers,
The fences,
What are they?
Oh, how rare
For two souls to be together.
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Being alone,
Asking questions that have no answers,
People understanding,
But not one person.
Your work in you,
But you not in the work.
Creating something new,
Tragically letting go,
And setting it free.
Meeting that transcendent moment,
And then knowing it's gone - forever.
That's artistry.
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Push in My Back
I feel a push in my back.
I fall into a rocky wall.
With the people behind me, I can't turn back.
The surface of the ground has started to fall
And the people are gone.
From faraway I hear her voice.
I look behind me, but nothing exists.
I look up, and she is there, smiling.
I climb, punching the stone
And in that creating holds to use.
By the time I reach the top
I can't make that last stride.
I want to let go and glide
Serenely into the abyss.
I look down, and it doesn't look bad at all.
And then I look up -
And there's something even better.
There's her. She offers her hand.
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Mature content
Fishing :iconactingdude17:ActingDude17 0 6
An Actor Reflects
When I become a character,
Power resonates through my bones.
When I become a character,
Talent to myself is shown.
It makes me know
This is what I'm to do,
Destined to inspire
Others to do.
I pity the afraid.
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Letters Versus Me
Words floating through space,
The universe of a song.
No beat is that long,
And the song comes to a close.
The letters fall, and rise again.
They just be,
Unlike me.
I fit these words into a puzzle.
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Night Life
  I woke at four
Fell asleep at eight
  Passed hours four
And still my body waited
  From midnight on
I was gripped by wondrous dreams
  The seams are the fragilest thing
But beauty comes too it seems
  When I awoke, I knew naught
But I had dreamed the dream
  That was enough for me
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I Can Hear the Train
I can hear the train.
I can hear it heading somewhere.
If I was on that train, I could go wherever.
I wouldn't have a care.
The sound brings me comfort –
I hear it every now and then.
In the casual nights it creeps upon me,
And everything feels a little safer.
But there is no train,
And there's nothing I can do to change that.
I have no idea where the closest one is.
It's just the rain.
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Tell Yourself
So tell yourself to let go.
Things will never ever change.
Get out of there before your hurt yourself,
Get shot at close range.
It takes saying goodbye
To move forward and say hello.
See what's ahead, embrace it.
Oh son, it's so hard to believe.
More than that, it's hard.
It takes all the strength you've got,
And even a little more.
But in the end, you'll be better.
You'll be safer, you'll be strong.
You'll be free. And you'll no longer be let down.
You'll be able to fly,
Leaving that old body behind.
Progress comes at a price,
But you'll never miss the old.
It feels good, but it's tying you down.
The ropes aren't getting any looser.
Or do you even want to get out?
It feels good, doesn't it?
Just wallowing in your despair?
I know you can do it. Just break free.
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Growing Pains
When I was a little girl, my mother was beautiful.
I would climb off of the school bus at the end of the day alight with excitement at the prospects of seeing my mother and telling her about my day at school.
She would meet me at the door as she always did and pick me up into her loving arms and spin me around and around and around until my troubles disappeared and thoughts of the boy who called me names on the playground were no longer relevant because my mother loved me.
She would kiss me on the forehead and sit me on the kitchen counter as she cooked dinner for my father and I.
And she loved me.
And I loved her.
Daddy would come home with beautiful gifts for my mother even though he made just enough money to get us by and I would smile at him because he loved her.
Middle school hit me with reality.
As I walked through the halls on my very first day, my elementary popularity faded away from view because it no longer mattered that I was smart, or that I liked to write stories, or that
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Tumbling through the sky toward a summit uncertain
My nights are alight with a flourishing flicker
That burns in my bones with an ache I can't hide
Desire that damns me down to ashes unsigned
And it can't be right, but it can't be wrong
So I twirl on the tips of my toes like I'm told
While casting my head back to scream at the cold
Spinning faster and swifter with each star that descends
Defying the wheels of roulette that forget
That I always win out in the end.
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5,500 Degrees Celsius
Sometimes at night you would call me
and sing to me.
You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.
You make me happy when skies are gray.
You'll never know, dear, how much I love you.
Please don't take my sunshine away.
Now that you're gone, I've torn this song
apart, trying to search for a hidden sign
that I must have missed somewhere because
surely you must have been trying to tell me something,
but all that I can find are vague promises that I'm glad
you never made because you certainly didn't keep them.
You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.
Now this cannot possibly be true because we need
sunshine to live and if I were your only sunshine,
you would need my sustenance to survive. However,
you don't need me anymore, which only leads me to
believe that you are receiving your sunshine from
somewhere else entirely. I now reside in the dark
because the star in the center of my solar system
has gone missing.
You make me happy when skies are gray.
How am I to make you happy now? How am I to make
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The cracks in the sidewalk
Led me to a sacred place
In the back of my mind
Where old thoughts reside.
A gentle glow
From a time not so
Long ago,
When I still made you smile.
All that is gone,
And now I know
I expected too much
From fragile grounds.
Present times have shown me,
We cannot look to another
And presume that person
To be better than we can ourselves be.
Stressful times
Brought out the worst in me,
And no one deserves
That all the time.
No longer the holder
Of my heart,
You are released from the burden
I always was to you.
No anger in my thoughts,
No contempt in my heart.
Please, just let this be,
And enjoy a life free … of me.
Copyright © 2014 by Tonya Amos
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Keaton Brower
Artist | Student | Literature
United States
Obviously, I love to write. It's a passion, but theatre is my first. I live in North Carolina, but want to live all over the world. I like to think I'm a pretty cool guy. Get to know me, I hope you agree! Other than that, I hope you enjoy my work.
It's been awhile, hasn't it? I had some activity the early part of the summer, but then Governor's School happened and before I knew it I was moving into UNCSA. I've been looking forward to both experiences for years, deeply hoping I would be accepted to each program. The fact that UNCSA is now here, and indeed, Gov School has come and gone is surreal to me. It is in one sense, and in another, it's just life now. Every morning I wake up in my dorm room and learn my craft from some of the very best theatre artists in the world. I get to do what I love with other people, youth and adult, who love it, too. I will always be thankful for the friends made, experiences had, and truths learned at my old school, but I know UNCSA is where I'm meant to be right now and that feeling is simply amazing. Every day I learn new things about the world and myself and new possibilities are revealed to me. You can feel the passion in the air here the moment you enter campus. We have dancers, actors, musicians, visual artists, and filmmakers all practicing their artistry every day. There's so much to see and enjoy, so many people to know and love. I'm glad it's only October; there's still so much time left in the school year. Governor's School was only five weeks long - this really taught me the value of time and how every minute can be worth more than words can ever express. What I think I treasure most from Governor's School is the wonderful friendships I made and the people I will feel a connection with for the rest of my life. Right now I'm hoping to see them as soon as I can. We're all headed for exciting things though, because we're GOVVIES, and as I said earlier, it's only October - which means college admissions season is in full swing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Boy, oh, boy, oh, boy. College. The c-word. That monstrous consumer of time, mental energy, keyboard springiness, and restful bliss. But in the end, all that will be worth it and more. Do I know where I will be a year from now? Not a clue, but I truly have faith that if I give this process my best effort I will end up exactly where I need to be.

By the way, here's a list of movies/shows/plays/books I have enjoyed recently and would highly recommend to anyone interested:

- The Kids Are All Right (awesome indie starring Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, and Mark Ruffalo; dramedic look at the 21st Century American family)
- Once (it's actually been awhile, definitely in the first half of the year, but I have to mention it here; watch, watch, watch)
- Amour (I saw it in February I believe, and I imagined more people would have seen it by now; make sure you do; the direction, acting, and writing combine to create true tour de force)
- Gone with the Wind (watched it when I did the final scene from it back in May; classic for a reason)
- Pulp Fiction (Tarantino at his best; if you've seen any of his others and like his work, be sure you see this)
- Django Unchained (so well told and in the end, a plain good story; in the 2010 decade Tarantino remains one of the world's finest filmmakers)
- Mud (a great Southern film by UNCSA alumnus Jeff Nichols; McConaughey is in top form here; Tye Sheridan is a bright new talent to keep your eyes on)
- Dexter (series ended less than two weeks ago; I watched the first seven seasons last October-December, consuming multiple episodes every single day; the six-month wait for the final season was excruciating; controversial ending but I wouldn't have it any other way; thanks for everything, Dex)
- Modern Family (I've loved the show for several years now and always will but would say the last two seasons have felt slightly under par if I was being honest; the first two episodes of season five have me beyond excited for the future of the show; if you haven't seen it yet, start now)
- The Laramie Project (I've loved this play for years now, but recently saw a fantastic production at Wake Forest University; read it or see a production or the HBO version)
- Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes (watched the HBO miniseries when I was assigned a monologue from it my sophomore year; been spending a lot of time with it lately; one of my favorite plays ever)
- Biloxi Blues (read it a few days ago; haven't laughed so hard in a long time; second in Simon's trilogy on Eugene Morris Jerome)
- Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead (be ready for things to get very dark, but if you can handle that, check this out; it's an extremely important play and a strong recommendation for anyone who loves Peanuts, as I very much do)

How have you been since we last talked? I want to know. Leave a message and we'll catch up with each other.
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alTered-Affliction Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'm glad my poetry caught your eye!  Thank you for the fave.  :)
RainAtronach Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for the fave XD there's more where that came from :icondatsilverplz:
check out my page if you want :D

if you really like my stuff, watch me, and get my new things all the more quickly 
DylanSeto Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014   Artist
Oh hey there, I just wanted to thank you for the fave~~ ^.^

Also...a bit of a shameless plug, but if you'd like to follow my work, other than the work that gets put up on dA then you should head over to my Facebook page and hit "Like". It would totally make my day!

Also for my music:
...and Youtube:…

Either way, I really appreciate the support you've given me thus far! :) 
Ridderkvinden Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
Thank you so much for the fav on my poem "The girl in the pond" :D It is highly appreciated, and I am very happy you like it! :D I really enjoy acting myself, and do a bit of amateur stuff when I get the chance, as well as LARP's :D It is indeed a passion for life! If you intend to go pro with it, I deffo wish you the best of luck :D
ActingDude17 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Student Writer
Thanks for sharing the piece! It was a joy to read. Thanks as well for the well wishes. I do intend to pursue a professional career, obtaining a BFA in Acting during college, then entering the industry. It's going to take a lot of work, but I've been doing various projects for eleven years now, and it always has been. I wouldn't have it any other way. The rewards are just too sweet.

I was surprised to see on your profile than Danish is your first language. I must say, your English is very good!
Ridderkvinden Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Thank you very much, and you are very welcome :D And I should hope so, or I would have wasted four years at the Univeristy, studying the language :P I agree that the rewards of the work simply are too addictive to let go, in spite of the hard work that comes before :) Hopefully, I get to join more amateur performances! It's just an undiscribable magic that comes with being on the stage :D
JamieMaguire Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Student Writer
A young man after my own heart .. I too have an amazing love for the theatre, it is where I grew up, and would spend all my time ...

My greatest experience was going in to the theatre with a couple of mates after hours... we would improv, and swear, and smoke cigarettes whilst writing all over scripts .. screaming passages from King Lear like we owned it! Honestly people talk about losing their virginity, but there is nothing quite like the first time you lose yourself in a character on-screen-or-stage ...

Wow, don't know where that came from!!

You have a very nice gallery ... will definitely take a closer look at it when I get time.
ActingDude17 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Student Writer
I totally relate to that feeling, actually. Thanks for sharing it, along with your memories at the theatre. I really appreciate the compliment about my gallery! I hope you'll be kind enough to share your thoughts on the pieces in it after you take that "closer look". It'd mean a lot!
angelenroute Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Professional Writer
write something!!! ...that is all
ActingDude17 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Student Writer
Done. Thanks for always encouraging me, even when I'm not putting out any out any work. Hopefully I can start writing on a regular basis again.
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