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she's barely an inch taller - but still taller -
squinting at the horizon line and heaving tobacco smoke
through resin coated lungs that should belong to a
fourty three year old smoker, not an eighteen year old
graduate

she laughs the loudest when others cast glances
and hushed whispers
and never misses the chance to tell you
she couldn't possibly give less
of a shit

she likes convenience store mints;
the round white ones you'd find
at the bottom of grandma's purse that tasted like
dust and chemically sweetened perfume,
and home

she went to a school where "dyke"
was spat like poison at her feet
but knew exactly what to say when three girls
cornered her, knew exactly how to throw her
words like fists

she gets hives from cats and grass and
practically anything outside her door
so she spends most of her time inside,
only leaving to have another
cigarette

she listens to tool and radiohead
and smokes half a joint before bed to help her sleep
but she still doesn't; not for long
and she twitches as her brain drifts in and out of
consciousness

she will tell you if you will listen
accept her head space and back off
just enough for her to breathe
because god she needs to breathe as much as she
possibly can

I do not claim to know her,
after no more than 42 days do I have any idea
why she will drink a bottle of gin like it's water
or why it takes intoxication to show any kind of
affection

but I know what it's like to wake up at 5am
and find her sitting on the floor beside your bed
and in silence watch the sun rise
before going back to sleep
together

and I know what it takes to make her laugh
to stimulate and stir whatever is left
of the emotion she spent years destroying
and how her mouth tastes like fire and loss
and hope

I do not claim to know a lot
but I think I know how to make this beautiful ghost
of a person happy

and that
is enough
full title: how you can manage know so much yet nothing at all

I get my best inspiration from other people
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"In the simplicity of its words, but subtle strength and raw impact, how you can manage to know so much by alternativemeanings really grabs the reader from the onset and makes for a truly fantastic work of art." (Suggesters Words) ( Suggested by chromeantennae and Featured by IrrevocableFate )
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hopeburnsblue Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how you painted this individual's fragility in a loving and beautiful light.
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cleancolours Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
Reading the ending made my heart stop for a bit. Wonderful, humble words here.
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Adagiobunny Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Student Writer
one of those deep portraits of a poem. congrats on a DD well deserved!! :D
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ADimestorePoet Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Absolutely lovely and inspiring :huggle:
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StarlightComet Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Damn. This is seriously great.
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Phantomtigers Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Congrats on the DD :D 
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kev1000 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
I can't say any more that what others have said, so I'll humbly point out that this is an awesome piece.
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haphazardmelody Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is just amazing. Definitely deserving of that DD. :heart: I will read this again and again.
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chromeantennae Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
YES! WOAH, SHERIDAN, YESSSSSSSS!!!! :squee: Your first DD!!!!! :happybounce: Congratulations, lovely!!! :glomp:
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Demyier Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Student Artist
This was captured so beautifully.
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wordsfromreuben Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so beautiful! :'3 I can actually totally relate to this! :') <3
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Ari-Heart-Matsuri Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful. Genuinely stunning, touching, and more importantly, this is going to stick with me.
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Samiferismyotp Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
I liked it :)
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StarfallenWolf Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing. Reading that made me feel alive. Really well capture of what her life must be. Made me feel human. Beautiful.
:heart:
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LeftUnfinished Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful. :heart:
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Burning-Red-Sky Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Student General Artist
beautiful.
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mad-smile Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Professional
I love this, I find a little bit of myself in these words... Nice portrait anyway.
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introverted-ghost Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014   Writer
This piece is very simple, yet elegant and real. I absolutely love it. A well deserved DD, congratulations. :heart: :tighthug:
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sakpalamey Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I found my other half.
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ByronicJay Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing. I love how you've portrayed her. It feels so personal, so human. 
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EloreCohlt Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I wish I could write beautiful things like that. 

Thank you.
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AskJennifer-The-Cat Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow
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Lady-Yume Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014   Writer
Truly, a magnificent read that pulled me in with its first lines and had me loving it completely at the last words :+fav:!
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alternativemeanings Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Student Writer
thank you so much :heart:
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ArwynandCole Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Congrats on the DLR!  This is a great piece!  I like it's positive ending...
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alternativemeanings Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Student Writer
thank you!
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DailyLitRecognition Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
Your wonderful literary work has been chosen to be featured by DLR (Daily Literature Recognition) in a news article that can be found here. Be sure to check out the other artists featured and show your support by :+fav:ing the News Article.

Keep writing and keep creating.
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alternativemeanings Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Student Writer
wow, thank you so, so much! I'm honored :heart:
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LadyOfFrost Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is so insightful and well written that I can't even articulate my appreciation any more coherently than that. Love 
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alternativemeanings Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Student Writer
thank you so much!
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chromeantennae Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
"full title: how you can manage know so much yet nothing at all

I get my best inspiration from other people"

The author's comment after this entire piece. I just...wow. I don't think you know how much I love this piece, Sheridan.
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alternativemeanings Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Student Writer
:heart:
it's been so hard for me to write lately but I somehow managed to get this out and I'm pretty proud,
so I'm ecstatic that you love it so much :tighthug:
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chromeantennae Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
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I do love it so much. It's truly, TRULY fantastic. :tighthug:
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