School has started once again, and
Every student knows what that means:
Monotony, repetition, recitation.
But this above all (never forget):
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The days are measured by cram sessions,
The weeks by quiz and test dates,
And so on and so forth (etcetera, etcetera).
However, once in a while,
There comes a special day.
This day is not marked by homework,
This day is not defined by lists of terms.
For some this day is special because they rest;
For others it is because they see family or friends;
For me it is because I get to write.
Not analyses, not essays, not theses;
But instead fanfiction.
Perhaps it seems strange-
I will not fault you for thinking so.
But when I write fanfiction, I am free.
I can weave tales of shapeshifting dragons,
Or recount the tale of a prince in 1863,
Or tell of an amnesiac mechanic in NYC
(All of which I have done).
As the words flow out of my fingertips
And onto the page, I notice:
I notice how I grow happier with each word,
I notice how my hunched shoulders straighten,
I notice how I feel genuine love for my readers.
So I continue writing
Although it may seem strange to others.
And I never use
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