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Act like you're not
okay when you are and
that you are when you're
not. Run barefoot in
the snow. Stand out
in the rain for an hour
and think about anything
and everything you can.

Fall in love with
riddles and things that
aren't real and the
way some stars
shine. Cry when
you realize that life is
just one big sham and write
one hundred cliché poems
about it, and then write one
that you actually mean.

Use profanity. Be the
one fucking introvert
in a room full of
extroverts and scream
shit just for the fun of
it. Swallow every goddamn
metaphor you ever dreamed
of and write them down
with your own blood.

Eulogize your own
misery. Put a crown on
it and let it rule your
heart for six years before
you throw a coup d'etat
but just end up with
your head in a basket.

Ask yourself why
you feel so
empty and when
you forgot how to
laugh and where you
last left your smile and
who you even really are
anymore. Mean every word.

Don't cry at funerals. Cry
yourself to sleep every
other night for the
way you never felt right;
for the inescapable process
of growing up and how
you don't think you'll
ever be loved enough
to feel whole again. Forget
it all the next day.

Write it down. Write how
you don't know if you
believe in God and the
way no one ever understands
you and what it feels like
to be alone in the middle of
a crowd. Write it down and
then stand back and look
at yourself in the mirror one
last time and then

pretend you're a writer.
Inspired by *intricately-ordinary's piece "Before I Can Become a Writer," as well as others inspired by it, such as =ssolaris and =your-methamphetamine.

It's bad. I know. It's just a jumble of anything and everything. But I don't care. It felt good to write this down.
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psychosquatch Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014
Get out of my head, dammit! Seriously though, truthful, deep, and just plain good. Keep it up!
Ripplingwaves Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014
This poem is like prying into the innermost core of lonely emptiness...tragically beautiful
Ripplingwaves Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014
This poem is like prying into the innermostcore of lonely emptiness...tragically beautiful
Miistical Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Student Writer
tardisonameter Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Student Artist
This whole thing is wonderful and inspiring... and it melts into itself. I love that.
But the second verse is my absolute favorite.
It's wonderful how different people can relate to different parts!
Geraniumpickle Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
Dang it... yep... yeah that's me XD
Great poem, beautiful wording.
FAIRYTAIL1O1 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Student General Artist
i do most of this unsuprisingly
123ooopo Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Alright, I kinda feel like you are predicting my life, I do almost every thing mentioned in this... I do not know HOW you do this, but I ghuess it's going to be a running gag for awhile.
IGNITIONNINJA555 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderfully done, it makes more sense than some other shity poems I've read. I like how you said "pretend" instead of be. I want to say I can relate to it but I only , naturally, do half of this stuff.
thisnerdgirl Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I love this. This is just pure truth in ways that I am not capable of, and in all honesty, this might just be one of my most favorite things on this website. Bravo to you, and may you one day realize that this is fantastic.Clap 
ChaliceTheif Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Student General Artist
This the the most truthful piece of writing I have ever read. I applaud you. 
LadyBitterblue Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
"Eulogize your own misery" sounds like something I do all the time... Happiness just keeps me from writing. And I love how you say "pretend", not claim this is the one true way to be a writer. The only thing all writers seem to have in common is the thought that their work isn't good enough... I'm glad you wrote this because I'll sure come back to read and enjoy it (and live by it, maybe?)
DevianMONSTER Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This made me cry. Brilliant. This is not bad, it's painfully true and wonderfully written. I'm literally crying. Fantastic job.
DevianMONSTER Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
baconxeggsxandxtoast Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you for this's amazing... 
PrettyRad-PrettySad Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
It's great.
someonesecho Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
MsGeekNerd Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This describes me exactly..... Thank you for writing this....
roughkitty Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
this brought me to more than one most abrupt and painful realization of my own unstable soul! beautiful and skillful
Waffles-Of-Gondolyn Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
So if this is what it's like to be a writer, why does everyone want to be one?
JanuaryWolf Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist
This is beautiful. So beautiful I can't even think of words to say to express how a feel about this <3 (On a less serious note, I have actually run barefoot in snow. It stung like hell. I don't recommend it ><)
hetaliatardis Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You are a fantastic writer. 
ZombiePrincessSlayer Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This sounds like me, sort of. And it most certainly sounds like a great writer. :) Awesome stuff, I really love this.
EpiphanyBlue Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
I love the monarchy metaphors in particular.
DragonKeeper92 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I. Love. ALL. Your. Work. So. Much!!!! I love you, and you inspire me so much. 
haphazardmelody Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This isn't bad at all. It's raw and true. That's the best kind of poetry. :heart:
fallenfromthemoon Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is beautiful and inspiring. :)
mystifytheworld Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Student Writer
oh my freak gah ah... we are the same. spilling words to keep our sanity and it ending up being just whatever it does with not much actual thought about form. I seriously am in love with your style of writing :) good job!
Phan5everx2 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is basically exactly how I feel,and how I always imagined other people pretending to be writers feeling. Love the title to "How to pretend that you are a writer" amazing.
Mis-tl Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love your work, this is one of the few poems that have actually touched me.
Almost as if it ripped out my heart, poked holes into it then stitched it back in.

And just in case you can't tell,

I'm pretending to be a writer ;)
NekoNekoGirl997 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've always loved your work. You say the things I've always meant. Or it feels like it anyway. I wish I could find out how to word things correctly, like you've figured how to do.
koolkat2334 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Student Writer
Etsu-S Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
jajjajaja sounds accurate xD
I' midway to be a writer xD
13th-Program Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Student General Artist
I can already feel it TwT
lupus-astra Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
feel it with your sooooouuuuul
13th-Program Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Student General Artist
yes TwT
NeitoRibasGirl Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Student General Artist
This is really great! I actually felt something...and most peoples' writings don't usually affect my emotions, it's really hard for me to feel anything for these things. The sarcasm and pitifully honest thoughts really got to me. And how you say it's jumbled, it's a good jumbled to me. It feels very honestly written that way and how there is so much to state for this that a jumble only seems inevitable, unless you took time to write all these thoughts more eloquently, which would probably have made this much, much longer.

Okay, I'm done...
I'm no writer, but I'd like to try. I just can't keep track of so many of my thoughts, I have issues with properly abridging ideas. Even when I try, they become long-winded instead or it just doesn't feel right!
lupus-astra Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Omg thank you very much <3
NeitoRibasGirl Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Student General Artist
You're welcome! :)
BlueDiamondSnow Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This makes me laugh and makes me cry... it's so sarcastic.... but so true! I love it. And of course, why wouldn't I? I'm pretending to be a writer! 
lupus-astra Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
As am I <3
summerday27 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No. This is probably the single most wonderful thing I've heard in maybe forever. I've always wanted to be a writer and i can relate to pretty much every word of this. It's so tragic and beautiful and truthful and eloquent. I am just endlessly in love with this piece. :faint: :heart:
lupus-astra Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Ack, no, stop :blush:
Pereyga Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know how one pretends to be a writer, I think you are when you well just write xD
I really like this one, and I start to want to make my own.
lupus-astra Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much!
Pereyga Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome
Copperfrost Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Student General Artist
lupus-astra Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
no stahp
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