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High school can be difficult.

The classes,
the homework,
the cliques and cliches,
and the pressure.

Oh, the pressure.
To drink,
to smoke,
to have sex,
to fit in,
to know your direction in life.

Everyone around me as well as I are experiencing them. Yet, I stand alone, left to battle solo with another pressure.

The pressure to come out.

Walk straight on out of the closet, into an unforgiving world consisting of
stereotypes,
discrimination,
dirty looks,
and secret sneers.

I envy those who are not faced with this dilemma.  I envy those who do not have to keep secrets and love behind closed doors. Most of all, I envy him.

He, who has her.
He, who can wrap an arm around her waist, freely.
He, who can kiss her, any time he desires to do so.
He, who holds her precious heart.


And I, who never will.
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Klara999 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
It's beautiful :heart: and the end is sad.
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TheAmericanAverage Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
Thank you.
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Scared-For-Life Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
That is beautifly writen.
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TheAmericanAverage Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
Thank you.
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Netherling Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is wonderful. :heart:
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TheAmericanAverage Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
Thank you very much.
:D
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ThermadorianGrey Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
I'd like to start off by saying that after high school, it gets better, but at the same time it doesn't. Moving on to the actual piece and stuff, I think the lines are pretty hit or miss. The title grabbed my attention right off the bat. The next few stanzas I give credit for directness, but I feel like that particular cluster of words comes off as kind of cliche. I like the couple places you put in somewhat prosaic lines. I feel they do a good job of directing the movement of the piece. I kind of object to the statement that you stand alone in that, because there's a lot of people out there experiencing the same. Unrelatedly, I feel the last line is implied, so you're somewhat overstating it. Your choice if you wanna make any amendments or not, since pieces this personal are often hard to edit. Keep writing, and keep in mind that even though drama, gossip, and prejudice never leave life, soon you'll be way more free to choose who you interact with.
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TheAmericanAverage Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
Thank you.
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ThermadorianGrey Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
Any time.
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xXOtakuChanXx Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
*SOB* Stuff like this goes on with me, and I'm still in middle school. :cry:
EVERYTHIN' IS CRAZY. The minute I said something about my bisexuality, nearly everyone got their own ideas.
"Oh, that's why her hair is short...."
"She never DID have a boyfriend."
"blahblahblah"
One kid keeps calling me "lesbian". *I'm bi, I'm a friggin' HALFSBIAN!*
My parents still don't know. TT.TT
....srry for the long comment. >.>'
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TheAmericanAverage Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011
It's okay. Just stay strong. It'll get better, it has to. No where to go but up.
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frostmarine Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
Good lord. this is like my life condensed into three paragraphs. man, i love you for posting this. XD
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TheAmericanAverage Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
Oh wow. Thank you very much. :D
I hope it gets better.
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frostmarine Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
yours too :3
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Dreamgifter Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This is beautiful. I feel for you. So many of my friends are homosexual or bisexual and I applaude them everyday for being who they know they are. There are so many cruel things out there in high school that kids say and even the adults do, it hurts. It makes me feel sick that other people cannot accept others for who they are. Keep up the great work and I am so sorry for ranting at you.
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TheAmericanAverage Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011
I agree. And no, it's okay(: Thank you very much.
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Dreamgifter Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You are most certainly welcome! :tighthug:
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KingAkatar Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Magnificent. It speaks loud and clear.
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TheAmericanAverage Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011
Thank you very much.
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scarsandtetris Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
Goodness, this is exactly how I felt before I came out at school.
But don't do it before you're ready, please, I beg of you.
It will be hell. I know that isn't very encouraging, but it's very important to be comfortable enough, strong enough, to do it slowly.
<3 Great work.
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TheAmericanAverage Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
Thank you for the advice, and thank you(:
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scarsandtetris Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
yup! you're welcome; keep it up! :)
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Jez123 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Student Writer
I wanna come out soo bad, because this is who i am, and i don't want to pretend throughout all of high school. After all, i'm only a freshman - 3 1/2 years left to go.
Sometimes i wish i realized i wasn't straight when i became a senior or something. That'd be a lot easier :shrug: but whatever. I feel for you ):
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TheAmericanAverage Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
I'm a freshman too. I want to come out, but everyone is saying it's better to come out once you get to college.
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Jez123 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Student Writer
i'm thinking about coming out either after basketball season ends (since i'm on the team) or next year, since i'm not taking gym next year (lol). My school is pretty accepting overall, it's just the sports things i'm worried about...
What's it like at your school?
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TheAmericanAverage Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
Well, my town in general is the fiery pit of hell when it comes to discrimination and harassment. I personally don't mind it, since I'm used to being harassed for being the "emo" kid. Of course it will be worse when I come out. But I'm in the GSA at my school, so hopefully that will take some sting away.

My girlfriend is a year younger than me, so she's still in middle school. I'd probably have to wait to come and make us public until next year.
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Jez123 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Student Writer
I wish you the best with all that, then. It sounds to me like it'll probably be rough, but nothing you can't handle(: And dang, you're lucky your school has a GSA! What kinda stuff do you guys do? :D

Is she out yet?(:
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TheAmericanAverage Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
Kind of. She came out years ago, but no one really took her seriously. They judged that by the fact she didn't have a girlfriend.

And we only meet once every other week, so we don't get to do too much. And I was bad and missed a lot of meetings :( But we've discussed important issues such as the recent suicides, and what time we think is the best time to come out. We promote all the different awareness days in the school, and on Nation Coming Out Day, we handed out rainbow awareness ribbons we made ourselves(:

I wish you the best of luck as well :3
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Jez123 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Student Writer
Seriously? Dude, a girl doesn't need to have a girlfriend to be into girls. People are stupid ):

Well i think you guys got a good little thing goin on there(: as long as you're happy with each other, and neither of you mind that you guys are in the closet, well, i think everything should be damn a-okay(:
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WolfLAF Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
ahh, yes is very hard specially in highschool
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TheAmericanAverage Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
Agreed.
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Mahlyenki--Dyavol Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful.
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TheAmericanAverage Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
thanks love(:
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TheAmericanAverage Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
it's so hard to come out during high school, even if you want to come out and have a close group of friends who accept you. it doesn't get too much better after high school either, maybe a little, i hope.
and thank you :D
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pegasis17 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
im with you completely on this one high school can be really unforgiving and cruel; and i had my fair share of crushes in high school as well so but didnt act on it because it would have been much worse coming out in a christian school but once i got to college it was a better so i hope things get better for you
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TheAmericanAverage Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
Thank you very much.
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pegasis17 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
you're very welcome hope high school doesnt get you down to bad; it can be a drag but it does get a little better in college
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TheAmericanAverage Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
I hope so(:
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pegasis17 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
well my thoughts on high school is this if your going to talk bad about me at least their talking about you which means your important enough to them that they could be jealous; and its the strong willed that survive high school; i just kinda to the "I dont care what you say about me cuz it doesnt matter when i'm out of here" approach to high school and its worked well for me i still use it today
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TheAmericanAverage Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
That's good to hear, I think. :D
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pegasis17 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
if you dont let what people say affect you then high school doesnt seem so bad really; but other than that i cant say much cuz i dont know why its such crap for you
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kinikijap Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
My thoughts exactly. Beautiful piece.
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TheAmericanAverage Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
thank you very much.
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chibi-chocolate123 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
Wow.
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TheAmericanAverage Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
Thanks(:
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chibi-chocolate123 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
lol
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Lonely-Wizard Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I teared up a bit.
Great poem.
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TheAmericanAverage Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
aww, thank you.
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LunarMancer Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
Beautiful.
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TheAmericanAverage Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
thank you(:
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