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Review by Dominique
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Rated: 18+ | (4.0)

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Hello again, K5Rakitan !!
Thank you for sharing the rest of your story with me. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your words!
Keep in mind; I am not a professional, my suggestions are just that, suggestions. Do what you feel is right for your writing! Any advice given is with love and a desire to help you become the best writer you can be.

GRAMMAR & SPELLING:
I didn't notice any glaring grammatical errors or spelling mistakes, which is awesome. Good job!
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I did notice some spelling mistakes.
I did notice quite a few grammatical errors in your writing. I suggest going back over your writing and remember to edit, edit, edit!

-- "Oh gee. [comma after oh, ]
-- ...so log your time through the Clockify app [ADD COMMA] and I'll check in with Mokuba periodically to make sure you're reporting accurately."
-- She did so [ADD COMMA] and Roland swabbed it with alcohol...
-- "I don't know [ADD COMMA] and I don't want to know."
-- They rode an elevator to the top floor [ADD COMMA] and Roland quietly opened the door to an executive parlor.
-- Kaiba shoved Joan backwards and pinned her to the bed. [THE WORD IS BACKWARD. NO S]
-- The room burst out clapping [ADD COMMA] and Seto strutted up the center aisle, his white trench coat swishing with his stride.
-- He's been on the front lines since day one [ADD COMMA HERE], proving to me that taking risks pays off.
-- "I did, [REMOVE COMMA] for tomorrow night. It was her earliest opening."
-- "OMG! You were right, [SEMICOLON BELONGS HERE, NOT A COMMA] he's sooooo cute!"
--I know you're doing the whole 'pretending' thing [ADD COMMA] but obviously I'm not convincing you.
-- "Bye Michelle, don't wait up for me," --> [SHOULD BE WRITTEN: Bye, [COMMA] Michelle. [PERIOD] Don't wait up for me.]
-- They made their way down to the parking lot [ADD COMMA] and Mokuba opened the passenger door to an electric blue Tesla Roadster.
-- ...a giant neon guitar neck sticking out of the first floor awning. [SPELLING: first-floor]
-- He then scanned Joan's ID [ADD COMMA] and they were ushered inside with minimal delay.
-- Once inside, Joan handed her purse over to the coat check person [ADD COMMA] and Mokuba pocketed the ticket
-- Joan waved, [REMOVE COMMA[ but had forgotten the cosplayer's name,
-- "Yo [COMMA HERE] Mokuba! How's it hanging, man?
-- Mokuba sat down [ADD COMMA] and Joan plopped beside him. --
-- "Someone stole my bicycle [ADD COMMA] and Mokuba offered me a ride home," Joan said.
-- "Aw [ADD COMMA] that's sweet.
-- Some stud's gonna knock them up anyway [ADD COMMA] and it might as well be me!"
-- They have too many unmarried women already [COMMA] and I don't have the skills most of them want in a wife.
-- "Hey [ADD COMMA] boss!" she yelled.
-- Laura gave them two thumbs up and then danced away backwards, blending into the crowd. [BACKWARD]
-- They then ordered fresh [ADD COMMA] fizzy drinks and headed upstairs.
-- He kidnapped me when I was a child to lure my brother into a duel [ADD COMMA] and stole our souls in an attempt to resurrect his dead wife."
-- ...and offering him the position of [AN] art director?"
-- "Yes, well that's [AN] established fact. The other established [REMOVE ESTABLISHED THE SECOND TIME] fact is that you hired
-- The shock had worn off [ADD COMMA] and the violation from so many absolute strangers was sinking in.
-- "Ah [ADD COMMA] ha! It's Joan," Seto said.
-- He helped Joan into it [ADD COMMA] and buckled it tight, tucking her wayward breast out of sight.


WORD CHOICE:

The word choice fit for the genre and type of story. You did slow down SLIGHTLY on saying 'whore' this 'whore' that every other sentence like you did in Part 1. It was still scattered into the story, but it was nice to at least have it toned down. The story is meant to show prostitution in a positive light, so throwing around a demeaning word every sentence doesn't exactly do that. I mentioned all that to you in the Part 1 review.

SOMETHING ELSE TO LOOK AT: Your writing is flooded with adverbs! Especially ones ending in -ly. Adverbs and weak adjectives can ruin writing.


CHARACTERS:

The characters were believable to me because I know how the sex industry is. But they seem like anime characters or something, I don't know if that's what you were going for. If this is anime then you depicted them perfectly.


POSITIVES:

What I liked most: I like how Chapter 10 was an action scene. The beginning was great then it started losing my attention in the middle. The ending action scene brought me back.


CREATIVITY:

The story is unique and has a set of qualities that differ from regular fiction or Erotica.


HELD MY ATTENTION?:

You held my attention in the beginning and the end. The middle lost me for a moment.


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Review of The harsh life  
Review by Dominique
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Rated: E | (4.5)

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Hello K.HBey !!
Thank you for sharing your poetry with me, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your words!
Keep in mind; I am not a professional, my suggestions are just that, suggestions. Do what you feel is right for your writing! Any advice given is with love and a desire to help you become the best writer you can be.


GRAMMAR & SPELLING:
The description of the poem is filled with errors, so I'm assuming you filled it out in a rush. I always tend you rush through those without much thought as well, but it's the first thing many people see and often determines whether they will continue reading. For example, it wouldn't be difficulties hardens - it would be difficulties harden. Also, within is spelled wrong. The actual poem is written well! The one spot in the poem I couldn't help but stumble on was -- you wrote a hash life but the poem is titled a harsh life so I wondered if it was a typo as well.


WORD CHOICE:

Your words are chosen well. They have a strong effect on the reader.


RHYME & FLOW:
Obviously, rhyme is not a topic here, but it flowed well.


APPEARANCE:
The cover image is incredible. I love it. It grabbed my attention long before I read a single word. Also, centering the poem and adding italics, made the words stand out. I was much more inclined to read them when they appear interesting.

POSITIVES:

I love this poem. Even though it's a bit darker, it drew me in from the first sentence. Lost within such maze jeopardizing paths - I love that line. It sounds like someone stuck, trying to find their way in life. The mind in foolish, rejecting wisdom -- this is another powerful line. So often people reject wisdom and stray to less sensible paths in life. The ending is strong. Tomorrow has no sun -- the present fades - that line stuck with me as well. Great use of literary tools throughout the poem .


CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM:
My Suggestions: Proofread because you're an excellent writer!


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Review by Dominique
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Rated: E | (5.0)

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Hello Lisa Noe~Kittylove !!
Thank you for sharing your story with me, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your words!
Keep in mind, I am not a professional, my suggestions are just that, suggestions. At the end of the day, do what you feel is right for your writing! Any suggestion I make is done with love and a desire to simply help you become the best writer you can be.


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GRAMMAR AND SPELLING:

There was quite a few grammatical errors in your writing. I suggest going back over your writing and remember to edit your work! My comments are in square brackets.

1. I grew up knowing my grandma was a Native American [period]

2. She is from the Cherokee tribe, [either a period or a semicolon belongs here] I am proud to be descended from her.

3. She had a hard life, [this comma should be a semicolon instead] people were rude and mean to her because of being what they considered as different.

4. I loved to hear the stories she would tell about her brothers and sisters, [remove the comma here] if I recall correctly [and add the comma here instead] there were about thirteen in the family.

5. She was a Christian of the highest standard, [semicolon belongs here, not a comma] I was so truly [consider removing 'truly' and remember that many -ly adverbs may seem like they'll strengthen the meaning, but they really weaken your writing] proud of my mamaw.

6. People would try to make her feel less than others because she was a native American. I will never understand that. [you don't have 'native' capitalized here]

7. She had that beautiful thick black hair, brown [add comma] perhaps black eyes and that wonderful dark skin.

8. But of course [add comma] I didn’t.

9. [Consider removing the word 'as'] As I looked like my father, who had blond hair, blue eyes, although he did have nice dark skin, but it just wasn’t as dark as mamaw’s.

10. She died in 1993, [you guessed it, semicolon] I miss her greatly.

11. It should go without say [saying] how much I miss him.

12. I am glad to be descended from the Native American people , They, in my mind, are a good and descent lot of people. [spelling: decent] [Also, you have a typo with 'people They' It seems you either meant to put a comma after people - which would then mean there's an extra space and they should be lowercase, OR you intended to write a period which would then need to be changed to a period and an excess space removed]

13. They are kind to our earth, and to Nature. [you have nature capitalized here, but it's not a proper noun]

14. In the past, when they killed a Buffalo, [they should not be capitalized] They would use every single piece of it to survive, [this should begin a new sentence and added on with the sentence after] they used the meat for food.

15. [this should be connected to the previous sentence] The skins for clothes, blankets, hides, for tents, and so on.

16. They took from [the word 'the' is necessary here] earth what was needed to survive and no more.

17. I am surely proud to be part of their heritage. ['surely' weakens this sentence.] [A stronger way to end this, would be I am proud to be part of the Native American heritage.]

** SOMETHING TO REMEMBER: When you go to put a comma, check to make sure you aren't separating two complete sentences. In those cases, it calls for a semicolon instead. **




WORD CHOICE:

The major thing that stood out to me was your excess use of adverbs. Adverbs and weak adjectives weaken our writing and could turn an award-winning piece into a mess. [I do NOT mean your writing is a mess, I'm just using it as an example]. I struggle with losing adjectives, so I understand. It's why I can point it out - I spend hours researching how to improve my writing.

A sentence that stuck out to me as weak was "They do not waste what they use to survive." Now, this is such an important sentence. You don't want it to sound weak or boring. Even changing it around slightly can change the impact. Maybe consider: The Native Americans value their belongings. Never wasting resources, they cherish life's gifts and are awarded natural survival instincts. ---> It doesn't have to be that at all, but you understand the point.


POSITIVES:

What I liked most:
This was an inspiring story about your life and family. Your love and emotions shine in this story! It doesn't mention in the genres that it's a true story, but I would assume it is. Right from the start of the story, you mention being proud of your grandma. She sounds like a strong woman, and someone to be proud of. Wow, thirteen in a family is a large family! Your great grandmother wasn't mentioned, but she was a saint!!! haha. I have one child and wear myself thin; I can't imagine having thirteen! Your grandma sounds like a wholesome lady who deserves great respect.

Another reason I appreciate this story is because of the message about not mistreating people. This is a lesson on discrimination and the true character of those that people judge.



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Review of Cookies and Magic  
Review by Dominique
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Rated: E | (5.0)

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Hello Jacky !!
Thank you for sharing your short story with me, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your words!
Keep in mind; I am not a professional; my suggestions are just that, suggestions. Do what you feel is right for your writing! Any advice given is with love and a desire to help you become the best writer you can be.

GRAMMAR & SPELLING:
For the most part, everything was written well! There were only 4 small spots I'll point out to you. Great job.

1. Mom laughed, “Honey, they’re made with flour not flowers!
-----> There should be a comma after flour to read as Honey, they're made with flour, not flowers!

2. Come on, we’ll make them together!”
-----> Come on can be considered a full sentence which would mean the comma after it would really be a semicolon.

3. “You have to do me a big favor Honey!” Grammie said.
-----> Before Honey, you should have a comma just like you put a comma after honey in the sentence example before, at the start of the sentence. The ending makes no difference and should still be set off with a comma.

4. “No, Grammie. I wasn’t expecting to see the fairies, like you said, but Mom still doesn’t make cookies like yours.
-----> There shouldn't be a comma after fairies, only the one before 'but' is necessary.


WORD CHOICE:

Your word choice and tone matched the story perfectly and everything flowed well into each other. I read the story with ease. You captured my attention and kept me interested.


CHARACTERS:

The characters were believable and likeable. The little girl was adorable. The closing was cute and I can totally picture that part happening in real life. Grandma's cooking usually is better haha


CREATIVITY:

This truly was a unique story. A plus on creativity. For such a small piece of flash fiction, it captured so much in such few words. You've truly managed to achieve flash fiction which can be difficult.


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Review by Dominique
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Rated: E | (3.0)

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Hello The Man From The Arch !!
Thank you for sharing your story with me, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your words!
Keep in mind; I am not a professional, my suggestions are just that, suggestions. Do what you feel is right for your writing! Any advice given is with love and a desire to help you become the best writer you can be.

GRAMMAR & SPELLING:
Here are areas to be noted:
1. As the Sr. Louis Blues won their first Stanley Cup [ ADD A COMMA HERE] I couldn't help but reflect on my childhood.
2. You see [ADD COMMA HERE] I was in grade school when it was built.
3. Of course [ ADD COMMA HERE ] one of the things people were curious about was many wondered what they would do if that got to the top and they were 20 ft or so off?
4. It does actually move and can stand up to 150 mile an hour winds. [mile-an-hour]
5. If St. Louis ever gets those kinds of winds [ ADD COMMA HERE ] they will have more to worry about than just the arch coming down.
6. My life has taken me hundreds of miles away from my hometown [ ADD COMMA HERE ] and yet there are still those childhood memories.


WORD CHOICE:
The sentence, "Of course one of the things people were curious about was many wondered what they would do if that got to the top and they were 20 ft or so off?" is a bit wordy in my opinion. There's nothing wrong with it grammatically aside from what was pointed out, but reading it is a mouthful. By changing around the wording slightly, you could make it into a smoother sentence for readers.

POSITIVES:

What I liked most: This is a short yet sweet paragraph of your reflections. This could really be added onto significantly and turned into something great -- even a memoir.
My Favorite Part: My favorite was the closing sentence, where you mention how life has brought you many places yet your childhood memories will always be with you, in other words.


CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM:

My Suggestions: I suggest using Grammarly, a grammar checking software to proofread your work. Grammarly is incredible and my extra set of eyes when writing.


CREATIVITY:

It was creative and original in the sense that it was your own life and memories.


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Review of Sweet #9  
Review by Dominique
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Rated: E | (5.0)

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Hello Fivesixer !!
Thank you for sharing your story with me, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your words!
Keep in mind; I am not a professional, my suggestions are just that, suggestions. Do what you feel is right for your writing! Any advice given is with love and a desire to help you become the best writer you can be.


GRAMMAR & SPELLING:
With poetry it's always a bit difficult to comment on because people do things a particular way and in poetry, it's not right or wrong to use/not use proper punctuation. If you did mean to use punctuation throughout the entire poem, you're missing commas. If not, everything is perfect.

WORD CHOICE:
You had an excellent word choice, avoiding boring, dull language. Your words drew me in and grabbed my attention.

RHYME & FLOW:
Your poem was not a rhyming poem, which is fine. It flowed naturally and freely. *Smile*

POSITIVES:

What I liked most: The positive, motivating message. It was an inspirational poem.


EMOTIONS:
I love how you say you will boldly live with the consquences and how you are basically the reason for everythnig that happens in your life because you have the power to make your life better or worse. This is a strong message.

CREATIVITY:

It was extremely creative and original


HELD MY ATTENTION?:

You held my attention from the first sentence until the very end.


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Review of Summer Falls  
Review by Dominique
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Rated: 13+ | (4.0)

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Hello beetle !!
Thank you for sharing your story with me, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your words!
Keep in mind; I am not a professional, my suggestions are just that, suggestions. Do what you feel is right for your writing! Any advice given is with love and a desire to help you become the best writer you can be.

GRAMMAR & SPELLING:
I didn't notice any glaring grammatical errors or spelling mistakes, which is awesome. Good job!


WORD CHOICE:

You had an excellent word choice for the theme and age group.


CHARACTERS:

The characters were believable. They were young girls trying to find themselves and their sexuality. Their parents are upset and kick them out and they run off together. This is very believable as it happens literally every day out there, in ALL relationships - not just same-sex ones. Their immaturity and youth shows in their character with their personality and actions.


APPEARANCE:

The warning up top was good for those who wouldn't want to read this topic or genre. Spacing and formatiing was done well.


CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM:

What I liked least:
My Suggestions: I think this may have to be rated a bit higher, especially since you used the F word and as you mentioned, there's implied underage sexual activity. There's nothing wrong with these things at all, but it should just be rated accordingly.


EMOTIONS:

This story was perfect in the sense that this is exactly what it is like for many couples in same-sex relationships and the intense struggles and emotions they encounter. You portrayed this excellently without it seeming overdone. Even down to the couple feeling overwhelmed by the relationship moving at a rapid pace for their age. Great job.


CREATIVITY:

I love this story. Yes, there are many stories out there about young couples finding their sexuality, but this help a sense of uniqueness because of the real feelings which shine through the story.


HELD MY ATTENTION?:

You held my attention from the first sentence until the very end.



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Review by Dominique
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Rated: 18+ | (4.0)

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Hello K5Rakitan !!
Thank you for sharing your story with me, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your words!
Keep in mind; I am not a professional, my suggestions are just that, suggestions. Do what you feel is right for your writing! Any advice given is with love and a desire to help you become the best writer you can be.

GRAMMAR & SPELLING:
I didn't notice too many glaring grammatical errors or spelling mistakes, which is awesome. Good job! I did make a list of things I did notice. I just want to say first, it may seem like this list is huge, but they're all such minor errors or simple fixes. Don't get overwhelmed by the 'length' of the list.

Chapter One:
- Polyamory too. ---> Polyamory, too.
- It was their fifth date and he had invited her to meet him at work,... ---> fifth date, [add comma] and
- familiar face in the room: his wife Laura. ---> it should be written as his wife, [comma] Laura
- Marc kissed Laura [add comma] and Joan exchanged nods with her.
- “I wasn’t. That was just for . . .” they passed a few technical phrases ---> They should be capitalized

Chapter two:
- it’s a historic landmark ---> historical
- Rob shook a wavy lock out of his eyes. ---> I'm not sure, but did you mean 'look' instead?
- guest appearance on our next livestream, bro?” ---> live stream
- her confidence faltered [add comma] and Matteo put a reassuring hand on her...
- “Practically [comma] the entire staff does.
- “Actually, kinda. It’s May Day and that’s . . . never mind, ---> capitalize never mind and add a comma after May Day
- ...dramatic entrance with his arms crossed [comma] and his death glare...“Thanks -- for giving my brother a warm welcome [comma] everyone.
- “Oh that? We need to get permission from the city... ---> Generally, after the word 'oh' there should be a comma when used in cases like this.
- Seto took a step forward [comma] but Mokuba caught his arm.

Chapter Three:
- That’s the base price [comma] and you charge extra for
- who was completely at ease and in fact [comma] seemed to be enjoying the show.
- I work from home and stay ahead of schedule [comma] so I don’t drop behind if something comes up.”
- “You came all this way [comma] and you have no words
- Seto obliged. “Hello [comma] Marc.
- “Oh [comma] I’m so doing that for Halloween now.”
- “Do a good job [comma] and you just might get a
- She offered her hand [comma] and Roland shook it.
- Mr. Kaiba may request of you will be performed ---> that* you
- “In any case [comma] madam,
- ! Seto Kaiba your boss?” Laura asked. ---> depending on meaning and intent this should either be 'Kaiba, your boss' or 'Kaiba, you're boss'
- “Well, we’re polyamorous [comma] and it’s not like it’s some big secret.”
- closer to the bodyguard, offering challenge. ---> a challenge
- “So you mean if he was diagnosed ---> were
- eto’s limo pulled up [comma] and the driver handed

Chapter Four:
- her dirty clothes into her backpack [comma] and they headed out the door.
- an aspiring author, a vlogger, and one of his art students. ---> blogger?
- They were about Joan's age, twenty five, not Marc's forty four. ---> twenty-five, forty-four
- She did so [comma] and her green polka dot panties popped into view.
- Oh [comma] isn't that cute
- tell my wife how rude you were to me and my girlfriend." ---> my girlfriend and me
- "Hello [comma] Mr. Aurelio.
- "Hello [comma] Ms. Saunders
- o was ask nicely [comma] and I could have helped him with that problem."
- th multicolored butterflies [comma] but Marc wasn't satisfied. Joan bought the dress for herself [comma] and they continued searching through other stores.
- Marc bought the blue dress [comma] and they settle
- Are you sleeping with him [comma] or do you need to crash on my couch?"
- He has my number [comma] but I don't have his."
- Then his finger froze [comma] and his eyes darted rapidly over the text.

Chapter Five:
- Joan slipped her hand into Mokuba's [comma] and they began strolling
- Laura a try [comma] and it worked out. Then she introduced me to a friend who became our video content manager [comma] and he's amazing
- He's a frontrunner in the industry [comma] and we
- afterwards --> afterward
"OK [comma] then. There are lots
- walked beside her, feeling awkwardness in the swing of ---> the awkwardness / awkward


WORD CHOICE:

You had an excellent word choice, avoiding boring, dull language.
I learned a few new words, including 'glom' which I thought was possibly a typo at first. An extensive vocabulary (which I unfortunately lack in some aspects) is key to writing well. Although it was a slang word as I learned, it fit well within the piece.

Suggestion: huge seemed to appear many times, and I saw you did a great job of trying to switch it up. Another synonym which may or may not work for certain places could be colossal

Also, I understand you were trying to shed light on sex work, but I was having a difficult time understanding how using the word 'whore' a million times accomplished that. As someone who is an ex-escort myself, I know that at least in America, the term whore is derogatory for sex workers and represents a woman who sleeps around for free. In America, sex workers do commonly go by the term 'hoe' but 'whore' is disrespectful to them. Could be a cultural difference, I'm not sure, but I figured I'd point it out as I have a past with the lifestyle.


APPEARANCE:
Author's notes are great, but I suggest using a dropnote for them.




CREATIVITY:

It was extremely creative.



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Review by Dominique
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Rated: 13+ | (3.5)
Hey horserider !

EMOTIONS:
The emotions in the words were felt through my reading. Especially with 'a few days have passed since the last desperate thoughts'. I can relate to this feeling. Those breaks, however small, within a time of despair can be bittersweet... because you feel a little bit better but it's almost like you know it's not going to last. It can be overwhelming.

MESSAGE:
So throughout the entire poem, you capitalized Hope. I assume it's a person since you wrote you saw Hope walking BUT I also can't help but think you're using the word hope as the actual meaning as well. If so, it was well played within the poem. I think that was brilliant. In each place the word is used, it literally can mean (and makes sense) as both a person and the meaning 'hope'.

CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM:
- I think it would sound better if you wrote: "downward spiral" rather than 'spiraling'.
- I suggest instead of leaving a space between the first letters to make them stand out, to bold them instead. you can even bold them with a color but adding a space and breaking up words doesn't look right.





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Review of Yes and No  
Review by Dominique
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Hey Halloween the Echidna !

I completely understand what it's like to be on the edge of a relationship with a family member. It can be so difficult to hold on yet just as difficult to let go. Sometimes it's better to just silently distance yourself rather than burn any bridges, especially with someone as close as a parent. Just a thought.

I completely agree that it's all in your mindset as far as the makeup. Even the fact that you think wearing makeup and looking pretty will get you further in life. That's irrational thinking. While it may be a common theme and many people may believe it, it's not a rational idea. Working hard and advancing in life will get you places, not putting on makeup.

I 100% agree that you need to forgive. Not for the s***bags that disrespected you, but for your own sanity and peace of mind. He sounded like a really big jerk and what he said to you was so wrong. I'm going to play devil's advocate for a moment though- have you sat back and examined your own actions within the disagreement? While it won't change what he said and did, it may help you forgive him. Try to sit back and observe what he said to you and really look at the situation from his shoes. I'M NOT SAYING WHAT HE SAID WAS RIGHT. But I'm saying to try and see things from his perspective. It may help you forgive and it may help you understand why he said nasty things.

Learning to trust others is so difficult. I struggle with this as well. The way I see it though, you have to give people a chance. For example, say you meet a new girl, we'll call her Amber. You have no reason not to trust Amber until she gives you good reason. This is what I try to do: I meet Amber and I give her a chance. Test her a little bit. I mean don't play games with people either, but tell her something that you don't ACTUALLY care about but make it seem like a huge secret. She what she does with that. If you find you can trust her with that one situation, then maybe you can work towards confiding in her with actual secrets. If someone breaks your trust, I say give them one more chance unless of course it's something HUGE. But everyone makes mistakes. If they screw you over again, then you know what it is but you have to give people a chance and let them in.

Aww, it must be hard allowing your daughter the freedom she deserved. Letting go as a parent must be the most difficult and conflicting emotion. My son's still a toddler so I don't have experience of an older child but trust me, I understand. My fiance and I almost broke up over arguments about our son about a year ago. I never wanted him to be babysat. I would change my entire schedule or work out that he came to all my appointments before ever considering a babysitter. My fiance got offended thinking I didn't trust his family. It's not even that. Why let him stay with ANYONE if I can have him with me? I had a lot of difficulties letting go. But it was ruining my relationship and plus, I realized that my toddler is happy going out all the time. I lost my license so I can't always bring him everywhere. I can't just wake up and decide to go to the park. Letting go is hard but sometimes it's best for our children and their happiness.


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This was a very interesting analysis. I remember doing this assignment. I can totally relate to eating alone growing up. My family has always been a fend for yourself when it comes to food. My parents didn't cook so unless we ate or ordered out, nobody ate together. Even when we did, my dad would wander off and stand in front of the TV, nowhere near the rest of the family. Now that I have my own family, I make it a point to go down to the kitchen 3 times a day and eat SOMETHING. When I say something, I don't care if my toddler only wants to eat a few bites of cereal then go upstairs and drink his bottles. It's more for the routine and the family bond. I never had that as a child and am beginning to see how important it is. My fiance of the other hand is a huge family man and if we even walk into his family's house, they automatically start cooking.

About body image, it's hard to imagine how these two concepts would connect but after reading your report and everyone else's assignments, there appears to be a direct correlation between the two.

You actually had the exact opposite yet same self-conscious dilemma as I did growing up. You had a large chest and I didn't have anything up there just about until adulthood. I was pathetically flat. All the girls had a chest and I kept wishing mine would grow but they were so tiny it was sad hahaha

You did really great on this assignment and clearly spent a ton of time and effort with it. I enjoyed reading your ideas and thoughts and even experiences. Thanks for sharing with us!


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Review by Dominique
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Rated: E | (5.0)
Hey 🌜 Huntersmoon !


Message: wow. This poem holds such a strong message. Thank you for spreading awareness on this issue. You're 100% correct, not all abuse is obvious or committed by adults. And the thing is, so many times it's looked past and ignored. You mentioned how the bus driver turns a blind eye and it's so true. Bullying gets ignored-- by bus drivers, teachers, counselors, other students. It can feel very hopeless for the child. I wouldn't necessarily say I was bullied or singled out in school but kids are mean and yeah, there were absolutely times when I was picked on and not part of the "cool crowd" because I did my own thing and didn't care about being popular. But I've been it and I've witnessed people really getting the worst of it. And even with me, when I was in school I was a really sensitive kid so when I did get picked on, I'd come home crying. I can't imagine the kids who are severely bullied and beat up at school, how they feel.

Appearance: I love the cover image. It was such a great representation of your writing. Even though it's obviously not a pleasant photo, it works perfectly for the poem and shows the violence among the younger generation.

Favorite: I absolutely love the stanza "kids will be kids at least that's what they say but I don't want to be a kid if this is the price I have to pay." That was a really strong stanza.

Rhyme and Flow: You used the rhyme scheme of ABCB throughout your poem. I liked it because it wasn't too much. At first, I actually didn't even pick up on it. It flowed well.

Overall, this was an excellent poem and a powerful message! Thank you for sharing this with the community!



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Review of Jobless  
Review by Dominique
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Hey! I found your poem under the read a newbie section. Welcome to WdC and I hope you enjoy our community! Get involved!

Title: I suggest instead of having the title in parentheses and on top of the poem like that, I would make it a larger font and bold the title and then add a space or two in between the title and the poem.

Grammar and Spelling: You used a ton of slang and not proper grammar. I suppose that's your style.

Terminated and now he's jobless period
How do I tell my mom I don't have next months rent because I'm jobless?
How do I tell my kids with their birthday around the corner that daddyis jobless?
He hasn't progressed on what he set out to accomplish period
Better off being sober comma if [capitalize->i'm being truthfully honest period
On the road to recovery with a little less mileage period
He doesn't get it period or semicolon remove x->while<-x he's still acting childish period
Saving money just to keep my balance period
Change is everything comma and I hate new challenges period
Ass kissing on these interviews just to show my talent period
Should I turn my poetry into rapping because my account ain't -> isn't having it period
ChildSupport wanted 600 a month without dividing the factors period
Is he a father or was he just there when it happened ?
Should of -->have stayed--> kept his ass in college period
Financial aid is better than nothing when a nigga is jobless.

Remember consistency. At the end of the poem, you had a period but didn't use them anywhere else. I suggest either removing all the periods or adding them everywhere needed. Either way, when question marks are called for, I would definitely use them. I changed it to proper English but if you prefer the slang, that's fine too. It's your preference. It read more like a rap than a poem though, so I would consider switching the label to lyrics. Also, you have it rated E yet you used the word "nigga" and ass kissing. I highly suggest changing it to 18+. There are little children on here and I wouldn't want your work to get deleted over labeling it wrong. There's absolutely nothing wrong with cursing or talking about darker topics (most of my writing is dark) but it just needs to be labeled properly. You can't curse under the E rating or talk about controversial subjects such as drugs, alcohol, violence, things like that.

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Review of Her Evil  
Review by Dominique
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Rated: E | (4.0)
Hey Ranthen I found your poem under the read a newbie section. Welcome to WdC and I hope you enjoy our community! My best advice is to jump in head first and get involved!

Content:
I love the meaning behind this poem. It holds a strong message about judging others based on assumptions. Great job.

Rhythm and Flow:
So the poem was a little choppy but I believe that's how you intended it to be. The line "While others watch, unknowing, wary" didn't flow for me at all. I felt that it disrupted the flow that you had going. Also "They tell each other and watch and whisper" that line didn't flow well either. Other than that, it had its own little choppy rhythm and flow to it but those two lines just sounded out of place based on the rest of the rhythm.

"She'll waste away in hell she'll stay and pay for all her sins." They say
But no one knows how deep inside the troubled world her own resides
^^^^ Those two lines, I suggest breaking into 4 lines instead of 2. It would match the rest a bit better. All your other lines are short lines, then you have 2 random really long lines and they just stand out.

I love the ending, closing line: We tend to judge too easily.

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Rated: 13+ | (3.5)
Hey! I found your poem under read a newbie. So first, let me welcome you to WdC. It's a wonderful community and I hope you enjoy it.

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His name was Miles Deck, the that boy I met [one of those words should be deleted] add period
Our first talk [was] a long one, I won't soon forget add period
Three long hours add comma we bickered back and forth.
See --> capitalize the m in miles --miles had a problem, gnawing at his heart add period
Miles was drowning inside, spiraling to death add comma
And one last thread he hung from was all that was left add period
He handed me the scissors, told me add comma
"Push me off the edge."
He beckoned me to take the sheers and snip away his thread add period
Both empathy and horror mixed with shock repulsed my hand add period
Recoiling from his offer, I chose another stand add comma
"Tell me I am nothing. Nor will I ever be" said shouldn't be capitalized - Said he - add period
But I told him just the opposite and that he meant to me.
"Stop it, don't lieadd period"
The hurting boy accused add period
"Now look me in the eye," He said add comma"and with your words abuse."
See Miles needed hopelessness to weaken up his hold add period
Miles knew with one last hit, he'd finally let go comma--> semicolon plus add period
My heart sank as I heard his words and all the more replied add comma
"Before I'll say those words to youadd comma I'd first have rather died."
"Enough of all this nonsense talk, now tell me Please I beg,please is randomly capitalized in the middle of the sentence
that I am but a worthless thing and much better off dead." every other line begins with a capitalized letter other than this one
"You're so much more than just a thing," I earnestly replied add period
"And if to no one else you mean then I'll gladly call you mine."
"Alas [comma] you make my heart to grieve you daft and stupid girl. you make my heart grieve you flows bettter
All I ask is easily given in few and simple words."
He begged the more I cut his cord and thrust him to his death add comma
But I could not and stood my ground for I would not have left.
Three long toiling hours I made attempts he fought against add comma
And by the end exhaustion hit for both of us were spent add period
But I would not let go of him and told him one last thing add comma
"Sir, I may not know you that well, but to me you hold meaning."
Now a little less than four moons later that very same sad boy
Was pulling me back from the edge and holding while I cried add period
He told me like I'd said to him, his words began to bore
Into my heart where now he stayed as never a soul before add period
And so we saved each other's lives and kept ourselves afloat
For in this land of broken ice and weary battered souls,
Is it not hard to find someone who will never let you go?
And always fight for what is right in the way you both know?
See many scold a waste of time and awful company
That I'm too young to save a life or stress and be worried
But if I had not stayed and tried to pull the poor boy back
Me [my] second best friend would have died and that would have been that.
I don't believe in meant-to-be's or nature taking course add period
For life is what you make of it for better or for worse add period
Now to the ones who left to die the boy that I call friend add comma
I hope one day the hurt you caused comes back in recompense add period
So those of you who beat and scourged with venom from your lips
Will one day find the same dark deeds upon you when you slip add period
The scars you made upon his bodyadd comma God won't soon forget
And pay you back for all your deeds to him you are in debt add period
It's not my place to grudge you all, [semicolon ; ] I'd better off forgive
But know that though I'll let it go, It's not for you but him
And to those of you who told me off for getting "Too involved"
I hope you know by doing naught no problem's ever solved
And Miles Deck to you I say as my words come to end add comma
I'm glad that I met you that day, remove comma and proud to call you friend.

So the reason I added all the periods is because in half the poem you added periods and the iother half you did not. Remember to stay consistent throughout. If you don't want any punctuation in your poem, that's fine too but stick with one or the other.

Rhymes: friend and recompense don't rhyme. That and back don't rhyme. Worried and company don't rhyme. Souls and afloat don't rhyme. Cried/boy meaning/thing forth/heart me/edge don't either. For most of the poem, your rhymes were in couplets but then some of them don't rhyme at all, confusing the flow of the poem.

I loved the poem and the content of it but it just needs some touching up on grammaticalv errors or flow . Keep up the good work.



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Review by Dominique
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Wow. This is a beautiful poetic expression about yourself. I love it. It flowed right out of my mouth wonderfully without any flaws at all. It rhymed well and nothing felt forced. The one spot though and this is something so silly but each time I read this poem, I kept adding in (without meaning to) the word "so" where it says is a tiny frail girl who's not doing [so] well. I'm not saying you should run and change it but I don't know.... my natural instinct kept adding the word there and even when I tried to read it without it, I kept accidentally adding it there. So maybe it flows better with it there or maybe I'm nuts *Laugh* that'll be for you to decide. I hope you have come to the conclusion that you didn't do anything wrong and it's definitely not your fault. I can relate to the words in this poem a lot and I know many women who can. I hope you have found the strength to move forward and if you haven't yet, I hope you will soon. *Heart*


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Review by Dominique
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Rated: E | (5.0)
Hey! I am reviewing your poem from the MHWA tasks. I saw that you posted them hoping for a review, so I decided to review yours as my last task. Kill two birds with one stone! Well, three because I'm also a Superpower reviewer! *Smile*

So at first, I read this as a poem but after a more thorough look, I noticed you labeled it prose. I still see it as a more of a poetic piece, personally. I suppose it could be poetic prose though. This was a wonderful piece about mental health. You spoke from the voice of your mental illnesses- anxiety and depression. They had a strong voice within this piece. The reoccurring line "you will get used to me" was incredible and really added a lot of power to the piece. I love the line and part where you mention how you're not sure how your mental illness came about but now that you're where you are, you're going to figure it out together. That was a great statement and really spoke volume for the entire poem/prose (whatever :) ). It showed that you have acceptance and the will and courage to move forward in life. Good for you. This is also great for others who share your struggles with anxiety and depression or even other mental illnesses- this a wonderful awareness piece to show people that it can be done and worked through. I love writing that can help other people while the writer is helping themselves and this is definitely a great example of that. Good job, I loved it. 5 STARS from me!



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Review by Dominique
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Rated: E | (5.0)
Hey! I found your poem under Read & Review and it's my honor to review.

Flow and Rhyme: Your rhymes were all perfect rhymes. None were off or near-rhymes like many like to try to pull off. The flow was exceptional, floating right off my tongue onto the next line freely. There were no awkward spots or pauses, everything went naturally when read the very first time.

Appearance: My first glance at the poem was with confusion. I'm not sure what the first line is or if it was a note you meant to get rid of but I just ignored it. My second glance was the lines in between each. There's absolutely nothing wrong with this but I think it would make it look nicer if you also center aligned it with the spaces. It's a personal preference with poems and one you don't have to choose to agree with but I think it makes poetry look more appealing.

Description: This was a wonderfully unique description of seasons changing. I love it. This poem deserves to be published if it's not already!!!! This is an excellent poem and really SHOWS the reader the seasons changing.


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Review of Within You  
Review by Dominique
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Rated: E | (4.0)
Hey, I found your poem in the Read and Review Section. It was a pleasant read and flowed naturally for the most part. I do have a few suggestions. The first two lines of the poem ends with the word "spring" - I think switching it up would help. The lines separately sound great but it doesn't flow well when placed so close together. The rhyme scheme works well with this poem. You used AABB throughout the entire poem and didn't stray from it. In stanza prays/lay is a bit off the rhyme because prays and lays rhymes or pray and lay but you wrote prays / lay. It's not a huge deal though but I just thought I'd point it out. Other than the minor spots that I pointed out, it was a lovely poem. It has beautiful imagery. Stanza two is strong and truly powerful speaking of an elder's final breath. Stanza three, line one: I'm not sure the "a" is meant to be capitalized. Powerful words. Wonderful poem. I enjoyed reading this and would love to read more of your poetry in the future. Keep up the great writing.

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Review of Rain  
Review by Dominique
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Rated: E | (5.0)
I saw your story on the I write forum and am glad I did. I was immediately drawn in and interested in the story. I'm NOT at all a Sci-Fi fan and I loved the story, which is definitely saying something. Normally, I'd be bored to death reading Sci-Fi and that wasn't the case at all. I was interested and wanting to know more about their language and all about this other life. My favorite part was their language and the way you found a way for them to communicate and learn a common form of communication through the tablet. The ending where he pointed to rain for his tears was a huge improvement and a great ending too. I was a small but exciting twist when he fell into the cavern area. It left me wondering. I figured the other life would be down there so that part wasn't at all surprising but it's okay, I still enjoyed it. Great job, good story. Good luck in your contest!!!


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Review of Curiosity  
Review by Dominique
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Rated: ASR | (4.0)

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Hello Dreamy Wood !!
Thank you for sharing your story with me, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your words!
Keep in mind; I am not a professional, my suggestions are just that, suggestions. Do what you feel is right for your writing! Any advice given is with love and a desire to help you become the best writer you can be.

GRAMMAR & SPELLING:
I did notice quite a few grammatical errors in your writing. I suggest going back over your writing and remember to edit, edit, edit!

It [ wasn't ] wan't that hard to break into the cellar.
The door, heavy and stuck. [ sentence fragment ]
...skipping over the final two, [remove comma] before the ground leveled out.
Through my shoes [comma] I could feel a slight change
but underneath that [comma] there was a faint scent
...lit somewhere to my right [comma] and I felt rough skin
Why are you down here?, [remove comma ] I wanted to
"Oh, okay!" Katie giggled awkwardly [comma ] and I
The light in front of me grew larger, but it's flickering quality remains. [you switched tenses for remains. It was be remained. ]
Katie had a couple of inches on me, [no comma ] and was
for the tips [but shouldn't be in caps ] But it wasn't her appearance that had me [doesn't make sense and there's a period after startled ] startled.to grace her shoulders.


WORD CHOICE:

You had a ton of adverbs especially -ly adverbs which weaken your writing. I suggest using a thesaurus and spicing up your writing.



OVERALL OPINION:

I think this has a lot of potential. Check your grammar and spelling. You can use a tool like Grammarly to check the grammar for you. I also suggest a thesaurus.



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Review of Bayou House  
Review by Dominique
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Rated: E | (2.0)

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Hello Isabella !!
Thank you for sharing your story with me, I enjoyed reading your words!
Keep in mind; I am not a professional, my suggestions are just that, suggestions. Do what you feel is right for your writing! Any advice given is with love and a desire to help you become the best writer you can be.

GRAMMAR & SPELLING:
The grammar was almost difficult to read. I HIGHLY suggest using a grammar checker in the future such as grammarly to edit your work. There was so many errors that I didn't even get thm all in the editing process. Below is a copy of your story with my suggestions added in red.

Mother, father, brother [add comma] and sister ( [ remove space ]not including the cat and dog). [sat shouldn't be capitalized, and there shouldn't be a period here. This is one sentence.]Sat by the fire to cook their hot dogs, Smores, and also to ward off the occasional wind from the mountain's lake in the summer season. After eating, the mother thought it would be fun to tell a ghost story since the children were now old enough. I can't be certain [makes no sense]if be told be before, here [again, makes no sense-->]through story goes:
[Remove space between quotation and T]" There is an old mansion in the bayou of Louisiana. [missing an article]Mansion was built by a pirate who was reported to [incorrect grammar for the entire sentence] have hid some of his treasure in his house. The treasure was never know to have been found after the pirates death. The[ locals ] local believed the old pirate watched over his treasure even after death. Years passed, and the waters[crept] creeped further up the land causing damage [comma] not only to the land[comma] but also to the once beautiful mansion itself. One day[comma] a weary traveler came upon [article] old mansion to rest for the night. He was sleeping soundly when he heard a sound,[ the sound should be set apart and in italics] rap. He listened for a minute and heard nothing. He was just about to go back to sleep when he heard it again[comma] but louder, Rap, Rap. This time [article]young gentleman,[doesn't need comma] got up from the sleeping bag he laid down on[doesn't make sense] a very worn, French coach and looked around the room a moment. Tired as he [makes no sense]was give up soon and laid back down. Before he could lay his head down, he heard even louder Rap, Rap, Rap. By this time the young man was on edge and decided he would leave if the noise [continued] continue on. As before [comma]the noise stopped. He was just about to sit down, when he heard louder than ever, Rap..Rap.. "
The mother, looking at her two children, [this part doesn't make sense]knew that had become drawn into the story and time was now.
She jumped at the[ children ] Childern's at this time while saying "Raping Paper!". [wrapping paper is spelled this way if you're speaking of r]
Once the [children's ]children hearts returned to their normal pace, the mother told her children that because of all moisture over the years that the[wallpaper] wall paper [grammar] had finally was coming lose [loose]from walls and making the [rapping]raping noise. [remove "that"]That the young gentleman tore out of house [comma ]drove away, never to visit that place again.


WORD CHOICE:

I suggest going back through your writing with a thesaurus; they are our best friend! Avoid boring, dull language. Get rid of overused words! It would truly improve your writing to spruce up the wording a bit.


CHARACTERS:
I really don't have too much to say about the characters because you didn't give the reader a chance to get to know them


POSITIVES:

What I liked most: I like the idea of the story. It could become something really great if edited well and rewritten


CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM:
My Suggestions:
*BulletB* Use Grammarly for grammar and spelling
*BulletB* Use a thesaurus
*BulletB* Reread and edit your work


CREATIVITY:
So, the idea of the story was creative and a really great foundation. Build from that foundation and it could become an original, wonderful story.

Overall Opinion:
The plot of the story has potential, but it was butchered with grammatical errors. The language was dull and filled with overused words. Don't be discouraged though, there are programs like Grammarly that will correct grammar and spelling for you. There are also free classes sometimes through WdC that you can take for grammar.

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Review of One of Those Days  
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Rated: E | (5.0)
This was an interesting short flash fiction but did have a decent amount going on in such a short amount of words. I like how you left off the ending, making the reader wonder and question what could possibly happen next. It kept me interested and wishing I read more to and find out the ending of the story.

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Rated: E | (5.0)
This is another amazing poem about mental health! I loved it. What I like the most is that you're so honest and raw with your emotions. And no, you're not crazy. This is a wonderful description of the insanity many of us feel through mental health struggles. Depression is no joke and a lot of people don't understand it. I liked how your rhyme scheme fell. Rhyming ABCB flowed well within the poem and didn't seem like too much.

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Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
I love this poem. It is an excellent expression of self and a true example of the struggles people face every day with mental health. It shows true emotions and gives people an understanding of the illness that many of us suffer from and have to deal with. As far as the poem itself, your rhymes were done well. Everything flowed naturally and freely. It felt natural. Nothing seemed choppy or forced and it grabbed my attention. 5 stars.




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