Poetry On Odyssey: The Quiet Game

Poetry On Odyssey: The Quiet Game

Sometimes, no response is a response.
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when I was a kid, I used to play the quiet game

whether it was on long road trips or during a fire drill

it was a game

if you talked, you lost

as I got older, graduated high school and went off to college, the game still continued

and it sounded something like this

although, silence doesn’t usually make a sound


“Good morning.”

a greeting, often exchanged in the morning hours between friends, family, or lovers

but it’s something we never said

because unlike the sun that rises after dawn

you’re always hidden

like a new moon


“Have a great day!”

a wish, a hope that one gives to another

each day is a new opportunity to go out in the world

and make it better than it was the day before

each day is a new day

and I hope yours is great


“How was class?”

a question, that I would ask if I didn’t already know the answer to

because maybe you slept in, forgot to set your alarm, or just didn’t feel like it

I try to find the courage to ask

but we both know the answer

and we’ll both never know how class went


“Why are you ignoring me?”

a genuine concern, because I can’t stop thinking

I need to find peace of mind because my heart is in pieces

my hearts racing

it seems like all you want to do is replace me

and I wish I could forward my thoughts just as easily as you forward me to voicemail


“I miss you.”

a statement

you’ve always been my person and it’s just now hitting me

I have no idea how to live without you

so tell me, what am I supposed to do

the spot where you used to park your car now vacant


“Goodbye.”

a dead end

words that we never said

at least now you had the truth

but we both knew

things were over between me and you


the hardest thing about our quiet game

is that nobody really won

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13 Quotes For All Of Us Empowered Female-Identifying People Out There

For the days when you need to be reminded that you are really doing the dang thing and doing it well.

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For the days when you need to be reminded that you are really doing the dang thing and doing it well.

1. Do you really need someone else's permission, acceptance, wink, or nod, or are you ready to give these to yourself? -The Universe

I get notes from the Universe everyday and all of them are so amazing and inspiring. There might be a few of them on this list. You can sign up for your own notes from the universe here.

2. The princess saves herself in this one. -Amanda Lovelace

The quote is based off a book called The Princess Saves Herself In This One, which is a collection of poetry about resilience, you can get the book here.

3. I'm made of more than you think. -Snow White, Mirror, Mirror

4. Other people's perception of you ain't none of your business. -Lisa Nichols

CLAPPING HANDS EMOJI.

5. Do you realize how many events and choices that had to occur since the birth of the universe leading to the making of just exactly the way you are? -Mrs. Which, A Wrinkle In Time

I love this because it really hits home how so many right and wrong decisions led to the creation of you and how you should appreciate the good and the bad because without either of them you wouldn't be exactly who you were supposed to be.

6. You can't stop what's done to you. You can only survive it. -Rachel, Georgia Rule 

This brings up an important theme of my life that I'm still trying to figure out. The only thing you can control in your life is how you react to what happens to you.

7. Don't let anyone ever make you feel like you don't deserve what you want. -Patrick Verona, 10 Things I Hate About You

8. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. -Queen Clarisse, The Princess Diaries

9. No trifling of the past, no matter how great, can tarnish the brilliance of eternity. -The Universe

10. People who are insignificant to your future shouldn't have an impact on your present.

Someone once told me this, and although I can't remember the person, this quote has always stuck with me.

11. Talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique, completely not ever been done before. -Lady Gaga

You know what... I think she was talking about you.

12. Tell yourself it's easy. Tell yourself often. Make it an affirmation. Eat, sleep, breathe it, and you life shall be transformed. -The Universe

13. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. -Mark Twain 

Go on then, be empowered and trust your instincts, you've got big things coming... I can tell.

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