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Silver Circle

Sophia M. Echavarria (SEED Public Charter School, Class of 2004)

 

A little silver hoop, he didn’t want anything too big, just enough to make a statement.

Metal in a scar still sensitive; like a bullet wound.

 

In his room with the play station on CD mode stirring out what sounds like Counting Crows, his finger nails make a soft click as he reaches for it testing for pain.

 

Eyes are lost in its iridescence from countless alcohol swabs, smelling like a new box of staples, a chain link fence.

 

Slippery and waxy from the oil in his skin puts the bitter taste of metal in my mouth, my teeth hurt.

 

Feels like I could slide through the hoop, get lost on the other side.

Find new facets in which to see myself, my world.

 

A dictatorship in sterling. A manifesto in gunmetal.

 


 

I

 

I do my best work in the afternoon, that’s usually when I wake up.

 

Being with people most of the time is important to me because I’ve been bored with myself.

 

I share easily, if I trust you.

 

I’m talkative because I want you to remember me.

 

I like people to like me when I need them.

 

I value my time when it’s running out.

 

I have a goal, I think.

 

I admit my mistakes only when the pride price is low.

 

I believe the world is wonderful, when it’s not pissing me off.

 

I respect others, with good reason and evidence.

 

I believe I control my life, but only its pace.

 

I can handle any situation, when it’s mine to handle.

 

I’m okay asking for help, so long as it’s needed desperately.

 

I have what it takes to succeed when I want to succeed.

 

I always set priorities, when it’s for someone else.

 

I “forgive” easily, if I like you.

 

I believe people are good to me, I can’t always tell, though.

 

I use technology to help me because it doesn’t judge me.

 

I can do without friends when I’m dead.

 

I’m prepared most of the time if I know what’s going on.

 

I like myself when I’m pretending to be someone else.

 

I get angry easily when I can’t figure it out.

I am confident…until it comes to boys.

 

I’m a “last minute” person because I work harder under pressure.

 

I act quickly to resolve a problem that could swallow me up.

 

I like to try new things, but only with a reference.

 

I’m shy most of the time because I don’t know you people.

 

I like to be alone most of the time because you can’t lie to yourself.

 

I like being late because it flips time the bird.

 

I’m a good listener, if I like what you’re saying.

 

I get things done when they’re important to me.

 

I get along well with most people who don’t have their heads up their asses.

 

I make my own decisions, when I can.

 

I know what it takes to succeed; cash.

 

I plan to finish, down the line.

 

I feel like I’m a loser when I hit the snooze button.

 

I believe in a higher being, but not church.

 

I have a god, sort of.

 

I communicate well on paper.

 

I recognize the good in others, in a less shallow mood.

 

I am motivated, rarely.



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