A Love Letter To October

A Love Letter To October

September is just starting, but I'm already over it.
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For three months I have longed for September, yet now I think only of you.

My excitement built from June through August as my colander shrunk, but I eventually realized that September is not what I want. I want you, October.

September is the final chapter of summer, a season I never loved. As much as I try to pretend I enjoy the sweltering heat and the sun poisoning, I will never truly like it.

My love will always belong to the fall. Fall may begin in late September, but you, October, are the one that brings the aspects of the fall that I love.

You bring a sweet somberness to the world that no other month can match. The orange and brown that covers the green of the world is sad and delicate, but it is more beautiful than the depressing brown of November and the desolate grey of February.

You are the balancing point between the seasons. As you progress, the weather will become colder and the days shorter. Long summer nights will fade from our memories as we prepare ourselves for the harsh winter winds of December and January.

Sports are at their pinnacles during your reign. Baseball teams play for pennants, NFL & NCAA football teams play the games that define their seasons and NBA & NHL teams begin their quests for championships. Not even the madness of March basketball can compare to your schedule.

Your rains are colder than the showers of April and your blossoms aren’t as breathtaking as the flowers of May, but your crops make up for your shortcomings

Orchards overflow with apples and patches become strewn with pumpkins. The July crops become available for us to enjoy. Peppers become ripe for picking, clementines go onto grocery store shelves and Brussels sprouts grow into baby cabbages.

A lot has changed since the last time I saw you, October. Last time around, I didn’t get to enjoy my time with you as I had wished I could. A force ignorant toward your presence and apathetic toward my happiness cut me down and prevented me from making the most of our short time together.

This time things will be different. I’m going to make the most of my 31 one days with you. I know you can’t stay forever, but I’m not going to let that ruin our time together. After you’ve gone, I’ll miss you, but I won’t let that ruin my spirits. We only get a short time together; that’s the nature of our relationship.

I may only get one month a year with you, October, but there is no one with whom I’d rather spend it.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.
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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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Infidelity

A nursery rhyme to demonstrate the negative implications of jealousy, insecurity, curiosity, and infidelity

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Jealousy, overwhelmingly, increases insecurity

& curiosity, if you ask me, breeds infidelity.

So, jealousy and curiosity could destroy a family

If infidelity, eventually, or potentially, comes to be.

Emotionally, physically, cheating has a few degrees

But simply, curiosity, kills not the cat, instead the peace.


The inspiration for this poem came from the way the words jealousy, insecurity, curiosity, and infidelity sounded together. Despite their negative denotations, they have an almost sing-song quality and from this sprung the idea to write a sort of nursery rhyme about infidelity and its consequences. I wanted each line to have a similar rhythm much like a traditional nursery rhyme. I also used the "ee" sound throughout the entire poem, with each line rhyming with the other, to make it sound even more sing-songy. The message of the poem is not incredibly complicated, much like any nursery rhyme. With this poem, I am essentially saying that although curiosity in and of itself is an innocent emotion, it could lead to cheating and all of the negatives associated with it. Furthermore, jealousy which often goes hand in hand with insecurity, can further exacerbate the situation. I enjoy combining styles and themes in different and not necessarily traditional ways. For instance, writing a sonnet about getting drunk or, as we see above, a nursery rhyme warning against infidelity and how easily it can stem from mere curiosity. Additionally, the format of a nursery rhyme provides the additional layer to the poem that not cheating on one's significant other is (or at least should not be) a difficult concept to understand. It is so easy, even a child could understand it provided my handy-dandy nursery rhyme. It is not exactly hard to not be a bad person, but sometimes people may need a little bit of assistance.

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