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Locked Library MAG

October 21, 2018
By izzybeumer BRONZE, Saint Peters, Missouri
izzybeumer BRONZE, Saint Peters, Missouri
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Favorite Quote:
“Live the life your younger self dreamed, her create a world your future self can’t wait to see.”

You release your words

from your mouth

and deposit them safely into me

placing an abundance

of trust into me.

I carefully collect and examine

everything stored in me;

a library of everyone’s thoughts

weighing down on me.

Word after word,

line after line,

page after page,

I know every book you’ve written,

and I am honored

to be the only person to read

secrets upon secrets

chained deep within me

being restrained every time I speak.


It is a honor for you to trust me,

but did you ever think of asking me?


Stumbling on piles of books

that flood my mind

of your crimes.

Speckled vision as I try to face

the terrors of my own life

that you don’t want to embrace.

Trapped trying to heal

my wounds alone

because you are too selfish to ask:


“How are you?”


“How was your day?”


“Are you okay?”


I return to a library

of jumbled and slurred thoughts,

trying to sort through them all.

I find a home for each of your books

but none of mine.

Nowhere to go,

but day after day

I glue an empty smile

to my superficial face

so you don’t have to worry

about me today

or any day

because for all you know


“I’m okay.”

The author's comments:

This piece is about someone like myself who is one that a lot of people go to to share secrets or to seek comfort. Having that large amount of trust from numerous of people is amazing, but it can be very tiring and lonely when people only use you to rant. Everyone deserves a chance to have someone listen to them, this piece is about that need to be heard too.

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on Oct. 13 2022 at 3:30 pm
_ITSJEMMY GOLD, Lagos, Other
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I have felt exactly like this before, it was so painful how my friends trusted me with all their secrets and the only secret i told them was taking as a joke

on Aug. 30 2020 at 4:17 pm
FantasyManiac, New Delhi, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"No Mourners, No Funerals"- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
"Have you ever asked yourself, do Monsters make war, or does war create monsters"- An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir.
"We are the darkest acts made light" by Victoria Schwab

An amazing and beautify piece of work...even though I am not the kind of person described in the poem, I truly feel the emotion behind the words!! Keep it up!

on Nov. 28 2019 at 5:55 am
Inkinspires-Soul SILVER, Thrissur, Other
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This is purely relatable and written directly from the heart. Amazing work!

on Mar. 23 2019 at 9:17 am
nismasaeed SILVER, Rawalpindi, Other
6 articles 0 photos 6 comments
Firstly, your poem is beautiful! Also, my work has been chosen for print mag, i'd appreciate if you can tell how can i get a copy of magazine?

on Mar. 14 2019 at 8:16 am
ParkerRobert_B SILVER, Greer, South Carolina
8 articles 0 photos 26 comments

Favorite Quote:
“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see” -Mark Twain

@izzybeumer I LOVED this! It is so well written presents a unique perspective. Your writing style is like none I have read before. I like how you compared knowing all this information to being a library. Superb work!

on Feb. 8 2019 at 12:01 pm
lydiagerges BRONZE, Franklin, Wisconsin
2 articles 0 photos 21 comments
This is the first piece I've ever added to my favorites. This is amazing in so many ways. You are truly talented and have such a beautiful writing style. keep it up xoxo

on Nov. 1 2018 at 10:31 am
PoetPanda PLATINUM, Hanahan, South Carolina
23 articles 0 photos 7 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Either I will find a way or I will make a way."

This is an amazing poem and it's a point of view that doesn't get a lot of attention. I love this piece of work because I relate to it so much.