"Howl when the pain comes.
Wake up the moon.
Send her hurtling towards the ocean
until she emerges orange and burning over the water.
Break the earth’s eardrums.
Scream so loud the sky bleeds.
Stomp your feet until the ground
moves from underneath you.
Make it take you somewhere
without a fist.
Do not let the sun fall asleep
until you have found your own.
When it all finally goes quiet,
listen for peace.
Run your hands along the silence
until you find an open wound, then
see if it matches your own.
Keep looking.
When your eyes close and you
still feel it, set fire to the stars.
One day, this will be easier.
One day, you won’t have to do this.
Until then, be loud.
Stay loud.
Don’t apologize.
Scare the ghosts out of the sky."

Caitlyn Siehl, On Healing (via vapourise)

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The American collegiate system in one gif set

it hurts

the saddest part is that this isn’t even really a joke

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"Today I am practicing not setting myself on fire. Today I am the match. Tomorrow I might be the smoke."

— Today | Lora Mathis (via cimmeriansun)

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Map of The United States Distorted by Population

Aww cute little wyoming


Jesse Parent - “To the Boys Who May One Day Date My Daughter”

"If you break her heart, I will hear it snap with the ear I pressed against her mother’s belly."

From the Coaches Slam at CUPSI 2014. This performance has the longest sustained break for applause we’ve ever seen a poet have to take.

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For my photography class I did series of self-portraits in which I attempted to portray culture and counterculture for the past 10 decades. This is the product of that idea…

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Every piece of us is a burst of something beautiful.

Every iota of our being is stunning, worthy, lovely, exquisite. Let this be known in your heart: you are art and art is not perfect, nevertheless it is completely and wholly breathtaking.

You must believe that being imperfectly perfect is spectacular.

~ S.A


— (via ladidadah)

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"I want to apologize to all the women I have called beautiful
before I’ve called them intelligent or brave
I am sorry I made it sound as though
something as simple as what you’re born with
is all you have to be proud of
when you have broken mountains with your wit
from now on I will say things like
you are resilient, or you are extraordinary
not because I don’t think you’re beautiful
but because I need you to know
you are more than that"

Rupi Kaur (via hanaflorence)

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