"Today I learned that
you don't have to
take a letter to the post office
to mail it.
That's what the little flag
on the mailbox is for.
I don't think anyone ever
told me otherwise,
I just assumed that nothing in the world
could be so easy
as putting a letter in my own mailbox."
@prophet_goddess the poem that won that contest in high school was about getting mad and nude while trying to whittle
@prophet_goddess lmao i looked it up and i forgot that second And third place were both friends of mine who were actually serious about their poetry
@catalina there's nothing that will make you worse at poetry than being a teenager who is incredibly serious about poetry
@prophet_goddess another of our mutual friends was like 'i've actually never read her stuff because i'm afraid i'll think it's trash and lose respect for her'
@catalina this is a real fear. i get scared to listen to my friends music if they're not like primarily musicians for this reason.
@prophet_goddess fortunately hazel's stuff whips
@catalina i would consider hazel primarily a musician. they're at least like a very experienced musician. but like if you released a song i would be scared to listen to it.
@prophet_goddess oh yeah it would blow chunks
@catalina what if you're a savant. a late-blooming musical genius. "the thirty-year-old mozart," they call her.
@catalina i don't know why music and poetry are the two things that it's incredibly embarrassing to be bad at. nobody cares if you make a bad painting, it's just funny. but if you write bad poetry though it's like deeply embarrassing and you must leave town
@prophet_goddess well since you posted yours i guess i'll pre-cancel myself https://www.independent.com/2007/04/26/farewell-teenage-wasteland/
@catalina yours is definitely better than second place.
@prophet_goddess get dumpstered, fellow teens
@catalina third place was also better than second place. second place was just kind of bad.
@prophet_goddess poor hannah
@prophet_goddess was third place better than mine
@catalina yes, but if you cut out the worst parts of yours to make it the same length as third place yours would probably be better
@prophet_goddess Also this is a good poem