“You Spend Your Life” Fiction. Based on a True Flight.

“It’s very difficult when you’re young and you have to hide your identity, and you’re carrying so much pain. You were someone and [now] you’re no one.”

-Jelveh Pedraza

“You Spend Your Life”

Fiction. Based on a True Flight.

By Starry Teller

All journal entries are inspired by true events. Some of the characters, names, businesses, incidents, and certain locations and events have been fictionalized for dramatic purposes. Any similarity to the name, character or history of any person is entirely coincidental and unintentional

You spend your life dreaming

Awake only when sleeping,

Dead to those who can’t hear

Your throbbing heart resounding clear. 

So you run away at night

To your dreams that hold you tight. 

 

You spend your life exploring

The vast and open clearing. 

The places golden, places green

Everyone touches, yet no one sees. 

And you climb through the clouds, 

Your toes graze the mountain ground. 

 

You spend your life painting

The sky that’s never waiting:

For birds to fly, or gales to blow

Or trees their drifting leaves to show. 

The brush strokes always bring to life

What no one else sees by eye. 

 

You spend your life reading

The letters written, bleeding

Off pages, that you always search

For in them, the mirrors lurk. 

You gaze upon them, glimpse your soul – 

In your heart there gapes a hole. 

 

You spend your life. And trying, 

You grasp for it while fighting. 

For birds in flight and golden green 

Can never stay the fleeting dream, 

That lives at night and dies at dawn

And so, you follow, when night is gone. 

 

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