Jessica Swoyer

Hello Real World

We were welcomed to real life.

There we sat wrapped up in rose-colored Saran wrap
We sat delicately
On a clear plain
That separated us from what we didn’t want to see

The second it happened
It tore
It tore a large hole in our artificial intentional bubble

A bubble we knew was present
A bubble that we kept there for comfort
Even as much as we complained, we liked it there

The sound of hundreds of tearing hearts
Became audible
Audible to every weakened soul

We all sat in arrogance

Until a tragedy forced us
To open our eyes
To what we had shut them to
Open our eyes to what we were taught never happened around us

Hello Real World

You didn’t knock
You made yourself at home
And you will kill us all silently
Sooner or later

Hello real world
There is no shutting you out anymore
Now that you have resided in our hearts

You can’t say goodbye to life.


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