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A Life in 25 Lines

Reflecting on my 25th birthday

By Kay HusnickPublished 6 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - September 2023
A Life in 25 Lines
Photo by Giu Vicente on Unsplash

Hello, world.

I'm learning you exist,

learning I exist,

and I am happy,

but you keep changing.

I'm not sure I can keep up.

The other kids are mean,

and I'm hiding from you in books these days.

I dream of elsewhere.

I'm making friends, but I feel alone.

"Can you have depression at 11?"

I think I need help.

I know I need help.

"Mom, I don't want to be alive anymore."

What if I bury myself in a to do list?

What if I bury myself in a boy?

What if I move to Cleveland?

I didn't have friends before, but I do now.

Hello again, world. Aren't you full of possibilities?

I'm going to be a writer.

What if I move to New York?

What does it take to put a life on pause?

What does it mean to love someone?

What if they leave?

What if I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be right now?


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  • Joseph N.6 months ago

    "What does it mean to love someone?" is a question that I am still searching for the answer.

  • Atomic Historian6 months ago

    Excellent!! And the last line encapsulates one of life’s harshest realities. No matter how bad it is, sometimes we’re exactly where we’re supposed to be

  • Thank you for sharing your life with us so far

  • Ashley Pushkin6 months ago

    These words express a mix of hope, confusion, and struggle. Faces the challenges of growing up, feeling isolated, and seeking purpose. They contemplate various coping mechanisms, but the underlying desire for connection and a sense of belonging shines through. Ultimately, it's a poignant exploration of youth and self-discovery.

  • Kendall Defoe 6 months ago

    These are the questions we all ask ourselves. Your imagery is fantastic and I like the form this took! Top Storyville? Of course! ;)

  • Sugan Ya 6 months ago

    Nice written , relatable to me . I love it.. Congrats 🤝...

  • Missclicked6 months ago

    completely relatable thoughts! happy belated birthday and congratulations on top story!

  • Mattie :)6 months ago

    So sweet! Really enjoyed this poem, Kay.

  • Alexander McEvoy6 months ago

    This was a very touching poem :) I'm glad you ended it on a hopeful note, even though it's a little bittersweet. "I'm making friends, but I feel alone" hit especially hard since it's been my whole life. A very well-deserved top story :)

  • Gerald Holmes6 months ago

    This is just beautiful writing. Your last line is so important in your life but only time will tell. Congrats on the Top Story.

  • Melissa Ingoldsby6 months ago

    Very good!! I love your honesty

  • Melissa Ingoldsby6 months ago

    So relatable

  • Nice💖😉✨✌️Congratulations on your Top Story🎉

  • Suze Kay6 months ago

    I remember turning 25 and having a lot of the same thoughts. I love the hopeful note you ended this poem on - for me at least, life kept getting better! Happy birthday, here's to many more.

  • Jazzy 6 months ago

    Wow, some of the same thoughts I've had! Well done and congrats on top story!

  • Congratulation on a well deserved top story. I absolutely love the impact of the final line after the build up… great work ✨🫶✨🫶✨

  • Sarah D6 months ago

    sounds alot like me ... Read mine? https://vocal.media/fiction/fuchsia-and-her-podcast

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