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  • Hieu T.

Take Notes

By Hieu T.
Posted on October 1, 2023
Cover Image Title: Writing A Diary
Cover Image by Jocelyn Vasquez Camey
Classification: Traditional Media (Markers and Watercolor)
Specifications: 9 x 12 inches
Year: 2023

Here it goes

Another one bites the dust

As a journal is closed

The page is written

And the worst is teared out

Or the best one

Because it spoke too close

Too close to the truth

But what does it matter?

When you

Then you

Decide to never touch

Or skim

Or peak

At the covers

Or those sheets

That you once used

When the slumber couldn’t


Wrap around you

The way your heart

Laid down


So, although the journals rest

Like your soul after every session




Stacked upon everything you own

Like the biggest accomplishment

Why don’t you ever celebrate it as such?

Or better yet

Why don’t you ever celebrate it as much?


This piece is intended to describe my own personal experience with journaling, and it may resonate with others as well. Sometimes, journaling can be used as a means to cope with one’s own turmoil as well as to pinpoint one’s own accolades. However, what is the point when you treat your journals as a countdown to the finishing page or when you abandon it by never reading it again to see how far you have come? It becomes reduced to a forgettable aesthetic that proves as a disservice to your experiences.

[ * The End * ]

[Writing Editor: An anonymous contributor]


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