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Window to the Soul


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We all feel alone at some point in our lives. It occurs for a lot of us in high school. We feel like outcasts, always trying to meet everyone’s standards. Most the time those standards never really matter, all that matters is that you’re happy with yourself. Let’s all just put on our brave faces and don’t let other people’s standards get to us.

I see trees only trees.

There is also a dog.

Yet I only notice trees.

The trees all stand together yet one tree stands alone.

Reminding me of myself standing in a crowd.

I hear wind.

The blowing wind.

Seeing the tree on its own triggers feelings.

Feelings I haven’t felt in quite some time.

I understand how the tree feels.

All on its own even if there are several others.

The tree still feels alone.

The wind, the wind is the voices of all the other trees.

The voices are judgmental, saying hurtful things.

Making the tree wonder if it’ll ever meet their standards of being as tall as them.

Yet the tree doesn’t want them to notice so it stands up straight.

Puts on a brave face and gets through the day.


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2 Responses to “Window to the Soul”

  1. Lanie Miller on May 3rd, 2017 8:38 am

    Josie I absolutely love this. You did an amazing job of portraying how it actually feels to be alone. I really like how you compared yourself to a tree on the side because even if there are people around it is still very possible to feel alone and you showed that with this. Great job Jos!

  2. Brooklynn Fye on August 7th, 2018 6:58 pm

    This article is one that almost every high school student can relate to. You did such a great job at describing the emptiness inside someone when they are feeling alone. I love how you described that everyone stands tall and puts on a mask so nobody knows. This is very good jo jo!

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Window to the Soul