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Grace Tan

Why it hurts so

The world is a controversial place,
We don’t mean what we say.
Does yes really mean yes;
Are words just barbaric plays?

We create exquisite phrases
That inspires us, warms us within.
But it seems this hope is just fleeting;
And soon to collapse, all demolished.

We tell our young fairy stories,
Grotesque for real they might be.
But in life there are no fairy tales—
Stories are not modified for you and me.

The world is a controversial place,
Especially here, in the human world.
Sympathy is only practiced limitedly,
While self-intrest is our main goal.

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To my teacher

We were young and carefree,
Wild; never listening.
Try to conduct us to the right, its unmanageable.
Like standing in front of a towering wave,
We’ll flood over you, toppling down;
Your shouts slowly trickling away
With one sweep.

You were firm,
A determined teacher—
But look at us,
Peer through the tiny hole that we open once in a while
And look into our hearts.
If those burning eyes of stubbornness
Don’t steer you away,
Those cracked, dry hearts would.

I remember you once asked us:
“Dare you live your dream? ”
Had you changed us enough to believe;

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