Brian Paone

Author // Musician

"Vacant Skies"

(includes an excerpt of "For Those Who Have Considered Suicide When Who They Are Is Not Enough" by Alex Roberson)

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He said, he had to go now
But he wouldn’t listen to what they said
She cried, he had to stop now
But he didn’t understand what she meant
They laughed, he’s all done now
But he couldn’t care less what they thought
I yelled, just let him go now
But it shouldn’t matter what I said

He said he’d want to go
And I know he’d want to go
And she hoped he wouldn’t go
He’s busy talking on the phone
He said he’d want to go
And I know he’d want to go
And she hoped he wouldn’t go
He’s busy talking on the phone

So he pushed her to the side, knocking over the empty wine bottle, picked up the gun, put it to his head, and there was a scream from the other side of the room as he pulled the trigger and joined the rest of the lost souls swimming around in the vacant skies

For the days when your skin feels inadequate
And you want to escape from it
When you've scrutinized every fiber of your being and want to trade in your reflection
Eyes are red like stop signs
But can't slow down tears as they speed down your cheeks
For the lonely times
When you can't find friends
In the classroom, hall, or your home
The times when you don't fit in, and they tell you to cut yourself down to be like everyone else

Society
calling you caterpillar because you have yet to metamorphous into these half-clones
And for the times when you feel like an outcast
When you find disgrace looking in the mirror
And feel you deserve what they give you for simply being
Remember to be a lion
Let them know that you can stand alone because you have no fear
Make everything in the room quake and wonder at how you could be yourself so
boldly
And have no shame
Stalk the earth like you are entitled to it and refuse to hide

Hug yourself late at night when you have to
Fight when you need to
Let nobody drag you through the mud
Command respect
And love yourself enough not to accept anything less than what you really deserve
Because you deserve so much better


He said, it’s all over now
But she didn’t believe he meant it
She screamed, she’d take it back now
But he didn’t believe she meant it
He said, it’s all over now
But she didn’t believe he meant it
She screamed, she’d take it back now
But he didn’t believe she meant i

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