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How Hard it is to be a Drama Queen

How hard it is

to be a

drama queen

and give your all

so much to


this mediocrity

the everyday

the must be done?

So focused

must you

have to be

upon this

heaving mass

of vast exaggeration

aghast refusal

the commitment

not to

go gentle

into the tepid

every day

Do you know

because you have

learned it


enough to

even the edges

smooth the hair

out of place

lift your finger

to your lips

do not cry out

in alarm

do not wear

fake lashes

to bat furiously

in blank


wring your hands

and ask:

what shall I do

and when?

But oh

the sheer drama

of it all.

how not to

come undone

be set loose


How not to


wave your hands

flap your arms

like flying

and fly even


towards the sun



just because

what fun.

Art: Modigliani


If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence. 

George Eliot



I live in hazard and infinity. The cosmos stretches around me, meadow on meadow of galaxies, reach on reach of dark space, steppes of stars, oceanic darkness and light. There is no amenable god in it, no particular concern or particular mercy. Yet everywhere I see a living balance, a rippling of tension, an enormous yet mysterious simplicity, an endless breathing of light. And I comprehend that being is understanding that I must exist in hazard but that the whole is not in hazard. Seeing and knowing this is being conscious; accepting it is being human.

John Fowles, Aristos


“To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.”

Arundhati Roy

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