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In the summer,

when the air was bright with the scent of nectar and sunshine,

she was called fat.

Her friends stood away from her,

and eyed each other with discomfort so palpable that it hung,

suspended in the Gothic hues of the warm evening sky.

She laughed,

as it was all she could do to hide the

pain that gnawed so badly inside

almost immediately, it was joined by that of her friends.

It was there,

she crafted her first mask;

imbued with betrayal and hurt.

She named it confidence

and put it on

 

In the fall,

when the carnival left sweet aftertastes

reminiscent of a fragrant dream,

she was called ugly.

The fragile and furled leaves cascaded over the dying summer breeze

and as she closed her eyes,

she wondered to herself,

"Where are my friends?"

When no answer came to her,

she slowly took out a blank mask,

from the hollow expanse inside of her.

She poured her sadness into it,

slathering it with the color of frustration.

She called it "desirable",

and she made it hers

 

In the winter,

when the land rested under a blanket of snow,

frozen in slumber,

She was called stupid.

Sitting in the brilliant white of a surrounding as pure as her heart had once been,

she was reminded of the halcyon days,

Lingering in the past,

and a ghost in the present.

As of tomorrow,

it all will be forgotten,

except the raw scars hacked into her heart's arteries,

In a way only words can.

She trembled as she molded the her third mask;

with the clay imbued with loneliness.

She would name it 'independence".

Although it was uprooted all too prematurely,

but still she wore it, wishing it was armor.

 

In the spring,

when pastel blooms burst out of the buds,

and the tender points of the leaves curl out,

she was called disgusting.

Her old friends turned their gazes away,

looking to the floor.

She thought she heard

a small snicker chortled out from one of them.

In the season of life,

a life was taken.

When they found her,

she was curled up on her bed,

with an empty, semi-opened pill bottle

nestling beside her.

After they lifted her up,

they saw that

underneath,

were three shattered masks resting idly,

over the ridges of the crumpled bed sheets.

And no note.

People say capricious things. And they don't know the sheer, terrible power left as an imprint of their words. They don't.
They never will unless they experience it for themselves. That moment when the words curl out from their tongues, the damage is already felt. It doesn't matter if they hesitantly add a "no offense" or "just joking!" to pretend to soften the blow, because there is no way to make it "hurt" less. There is no "right" way to describe the sensation in words. People were born with the ability to speak. We can change countries with our tongues. Bring tears with our touching speeches. Create new philosophies. We are given great power with our voices. And with great power...comes great responsibility.

Guise. A D.D? 
Guise. I'm crying.
Guise. My mom is asking me if I'm alright.
Guise. Thank you.
Guise. I love you all.
Guise. I need to get back to my homework.
Guise...I'm so happy.
Guise...Just thank you.
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Given 2014-03-28
Masks by MaroonLynx uses the seasons to show transition not only in character but time itself. ( Featured by inknalcohol )
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Crazyartist78708 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is definitely going into my favorites... it's incredibly well written!
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RadioSilence19 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow, that is very powerful...
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Mathaholic11 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
Wow. I read the earlier version of this (remember? :)) and I am so impressed/proud. I'm really glad you wrote it and I'm sure that by this time it's touched lots of girls and guys (and men and women). YOU ARE A LIFECHANGER <3 I love you!!
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MaroonLynx Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
:,) thanks boey!
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CrazyMai Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Student Writer
Oh wow really touching...
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MaroonLynx Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you! :) 
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CrazyMai Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Student Writer
You are welcome :)
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InsanePacladyFriend Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
Absolutely inspiring. This is incredible, well done.
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MaroonLynx Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Glad you enjoyed it, thank you for reading! Oh my, I feel so flattered...Hggnnnnnn.:happybounce: 
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InsanePacladyFriend Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
Haha, you're welcome! Keep up the good work because...wow. It's amazing :)
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Rose-Kira-chan Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, this poem was really touching ... I can't imagine writing something is emotionally moving. :thumbsup:
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MaroonLynx Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Yes I believe you can. Just put your heart into the writing. I believe in you ! :)
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Firefang500 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Some friends....
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MaroonLynx Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
:| (Blank Stare) 
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artbyfieldsofsage Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Powerful!
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MaroonLynx Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Really? Thank you!
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artbyfieldsofsage Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are so welcome:)
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TylerdaWolf Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a beautifully written piece of poetry. You are a very talented writer. :D
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MaroonLynx Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I feel like crying. Thank you so much for saying this...
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TylerdaWolf Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome ^^
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ChaosReach Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thats a sad story! is it true?
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:iconmaroonlynx:
MaroonLynx Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Aside from actually dying...yes
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6packgod Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
nice picture. i really like it a lot! btw, did you know that Dolphin Codes gives away riot points exclusively to dA users? thats where i get my skins from... the website has dolphin drawings made by dA users! :)
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AllVideosOwn Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Student Writer
Link doesn't work, IDK if scam or stupid.
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MaroonLynx Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Lol, no. 
It seems to be working for me. I can message you the poem if you want.
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AllVideosOwn Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Student Writer
What 'poem'?
I'm talking to this penguin guy and his scam powers.
But yeah IDK why the link isn't working.
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FLUZZARD Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
This is real good. Made me sad. Like...real sad.
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MaroonLynx Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Sorry! But thank you so much...wow. I really shouldn't be happy...
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FLUZZARD Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
No. Be happy. You, my friend, have a gift. Use it.

YOU'LL GO PLACES IN THIS WORLD, SEE?
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DefectiveThylacine Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Most people have enough self esteem and common sense to know that the people who insult are not worth the trouble.

For everyone else, I suppose they liken their exaggerated emotions to real physical pain, and make a huge deal about it. But reacting to it in this way is like confirming it to the people who call you names.
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MaroonLynx Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Lol, this was a few years back.
Sadly the people who did call me names back then are in their own heaps of trouble
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Very true. You're really just giving in.
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MaroonLynx Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Yes. A few years back I was.
But I guess this poem is kinda like a reflection of mine from the images that still are vivid from the past.
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Well, you pulled yourself out of it.
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MaroonLynx Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
best choice I have ever made.
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killlyourdarlings Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Student Writer
this is truly brilliant, good job
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MaroonLynx Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you!
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EmeraldKeefe Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
This is a gorgeous poem. Well done!
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MaroonLynx Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
You think so? Thanks!
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EmeraldKeefe Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
I do! You're welcome!
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lovely-in-black Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Student Artist
it makes me think of myself... damn that was good and deep.. i wondered how to put my life experience into a poem but u just did it for me. great job!
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MaroonLynx Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Feel free to use it :). Remember, you are beautiful, smart and full of talent!
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lovely-in-black Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Student Artist
aw thanks :')
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IanabelleIsaK Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
Great job, great message.
Congrats on your DD.
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MaroonLynx Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you!
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DeriveAnemone Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
A brilliant use of the seasons as an extended metaphor. :clap:
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MaroonLynx Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
:) thank you so much! 
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silversongwriter Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
I love the use of seasons as transitions, but I really love how you take the metaphor and make it literal.
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MaroonLynx Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
AWWW. You're too sweet ;), Thank you!
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keelo15 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
Such a good read and good that you got a DD.
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