A Life Worth Loving: A Poem

A Life Worth Loving: A Poem

When I first felt your fingers tug at my heartstrings, they wrote a song from my feelings.



When I first felt your fingers tug at my heartstrings,

They wrote a song from my feelings,

Each wordless melody a brimming wellspring,

Of all the things neither of us imagined speaking.


Soft-spoken words to lull you to sleep,

Gentle kisses to remember in your dreams,

Warm hands to hold you in nightmares,

And a promise for when I am not there.


Even when my bones into dust disappear,

And my hairlines bird's nests in winter,

No matter how far my atoms/being may scatter,

You have my heart/stories to hold onto forever.

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A Playlist From The iPod Of A Middle Schooler In 2007

I will always love you, Akon.

Something happened today that I never thought in a million years would happen. I opened up a drawer at my parents' house and I found my pink, 4th generation iPod Nano. I had not seen this thing since I graduated from the 8th grade, and the headphones have not left my ears since I pulled it out of that drawer. It's funny to me how music can take you back. You listen to a song and suddenly you're wearing a pair of gauchos, sitting on the bleachers in a gym somewhere, avoiding boys at all cost at your seventh grade dance. So if you were around in 2007 and feel like reminiscing, here is a playlist straight from the iPod of a middle schooler in 2007.

1. "Bad Day" — Daniel Powter

2. "Hips Don't Lie" — Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean

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3. "Unwritten" — Natasha Bedingfield

4. "Run It!" — Chris Brown

5. "Girlfriend" — Avril Lavigne

6. "Move Along" — All-American Rejects

7. "Fergalicious" — Fergie

8. "Every Time We Touch" — Cascada

9. "Ms. New Booty" — Bubba Sparxxx

10. "Chain Hang Low" — Jibbs

11. "Smack That" — Akon ft. Eminem

12. "Waiting on the World to Change" — John Mayer

13. "Stupid Girls" — Pink

14. "Irreplaceable" — Beyonce

15. "Umbrella" — Rihanna ft. Jay-Z

16. "Don't Matter" — Akon

17. "Party Like A Rockstar" — Shop Boyz

18. "This Is Why I'm Hot" — Mims

19. "Beautiful Girls" — Sean Kingston

20. "Bartender" — T-Pain

21. "Pop, Lock and Drop It" — Huey

22. "Wait For You" — Elliot Yamin

23. "Lips Of An Angel" — Hinder

24. "Face Down" — Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

25. "Chasing Cars" — Snow Patrol

26. "No One" — Alicia Keys

27. "Cyclone" — Baby Bash ft. T-Pain

28. "Crank That" — Soulja Boy

29. "Kiss Kiss" — Chris Brown

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30. "Lip Gloss" — Lil' Mama

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The 'After' Movie Is Hollywood’s Next Big Romance

"Whatever the hell our souls are made of, they are the same."


Popular Wattpad fanfictions have been known to be lucky enough to get published, and the "After" series by Anna Todd is no stranger to this. Having previously started this series as a fanfiction modeled after Harry Styles, "After" may seem like your typical romance story about a good girl who meets a bad boy whose tattoos and piercings just scream, "ENIGMA!" But the story is much more than that. After all, it didn't get over 1.5 billion reads worldwide and a movie deal for being cliché.

I remember being thirteen years old and reading this fanfiction every second of the day like it was my air. It was, and remains, the most popular fanfiction on Wattpad. Soon after, Anna Todd was offered a book deal and not so long after its success as a New York Times Bestseller, the series was optioned for a film.

Many of the readers had opinions about the main characters, Tessa Young (Josephine Langford) and Hardin Scott (Hero Fiennes-Tiffin), and how their relationship seems to be portrayed as toxic in the novels.

People do need to understand, though, that the characters are aware of this toxicity and attempt to improve and change for the better. It does take most of the series but it's this character development that makes the book series so worthwhile. The upcoming film, to be released on April 12, shows that perhaps it has improved in that aspect.


The "After" movie has a crew of producers and directors that are composed of mostly women and with Hollywood slowly but surely becoming more progressive towards gender equality, the film is promised to hold true to Tessa's independence, rather than making her so dependent on whatever Hardin does or want.

The producers of the film have also taken the big step in changing a character's gender to allow a greater female presence on the cast. The creators of the film are aware of how much has changed over the course of the past few years and seem to have taken the big steps in allowing this movie to progress along with everything else.

A trailer was recently released, already racking up over 1.5 million views on YouTube. Many fans are spreading the word and getting the film more promoted and advertised than ever. The movie holds high hopes and anticipation, from everyone and me. Hollywood may have another great adult romance to put in the books!


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