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Nobody tells you how lonely 18 is

Toka Siyam

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Nobody tells you how lonely 18 is


You buy your own groceries


You take the long way home because the therapist says walking is good for you


You don’t text your best friend when you cry at night


You stay in and forget what love felt like


You celebrate your birthday in the dark, no cake for you


You pick up your journal and


You try to write about it but the words never find a way


No one tells you, 18 is just picking up the kid you thought you left behind


Because the sounds that scared him are still there


And now, they’re harder to ignore


Because 18 is just lonely


18 is being stuck in a dark corner isolated from everyone you know


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