Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
when you interact with other grown-ups,
there are things you need to remember.
i am learning the fine art of Adult Small Talk-
banter for banter's sake and smiles and short, impersonal anecdotes
because you can't risk letting anyone in,
god forbid someone actually gets close.
you keep your friends in your stomach and swallow them at night to keep them close
and put your cheery face on for medical professionals even when your throat is too swollen
to drink down those friends.
those friends, you know they'll never let you down.

you see your human companions on lunch breaks and weekend days.
at night, young adults have sex and fall asleep together;
at night, older adults complain of headaches and sleep on opposite sides of the bed.
your human friends don't make you feel as good
as your other friends make you feel.
they ask about your life and how you're doing,
ask if you're still in therapy and if you're eating,
and god forbid you let them in.
they're your human friends but they don't get you like misters daniels and jameson.

i hear this is what growing up is.

there is a shift in the places you find joy.
you smile primly at a job promotion,
the purchase of a new handle to last you half the week,
and when your bills are all paid.

when you are no longer a child,
you shouldn't wear green leggings and power rangers sweatshirts.
i broke that rule yesterday and i felt happy for the first time in months.
i own that outfit. i like it. thank you, f21.
Add a Comment:
 
:iconsampea:
sampea Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
Growing up is pretty scary, isn't it?
Reply
:iconmcguire613:
McGuire613 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
"misters daniels and jameson" :)
Reply
:iconohsostarryeyed:
ohsostarryeyed Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
<3
Reply
:iconv-espertine:
v-espertine Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
always respect a woman in a power rangers sweatshirt.
keep being you, love. you are really cool <3
Reply
:iconohsostarryeyed:
ohsostarryeyed Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
i feel like a champ when i wear it. thank you!!
Reply
:icondamagedhomewrecker:
DamagedHomewrecker Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
i absolutely loveeeeeeeeeeeee that last stanza. its such a refreshing burst of breath. i love it. its just ever so hopeful.
Reply
:iconohsostarryeyed:
ohsostarryeyed Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
:] thank you so very much!!
Reply
:iconbmwysp:
BMWYSP Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional Writer
I would wear it..
Reply
:iconohsostarryeyed:
ohsostarryeyed Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
i'm wearing the sweatshirt right now :]
Reply
:iconbmwysp:
BMWYSP Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional Writer
-High fives- AWESOMESAUCE!
Reply
:iconstravincy:
Stravincy Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
I barely read anything on DA, but this caught my eye and it was a great read! :)
Reply
:iconohsostarryeyed:
ohsostarryeyed Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
wow, thank you! <3
Reply
:iconstravincy:
Stravincy Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
You're welcome. :)
Reply
:icondraw-over:
Draw-Over Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just a point to never lose your inner child because its important...you'll just grow bitter if you remain an adult for the rest of your life...the sensibilities and maturity of an adult and the fun and open eyed wonder of a young person are the traits most important. :D
Reply
:iconohsostarryeyed:
ohsostarryeyed Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
oh, i can never grow up! :P
Reply
:iconsteffenc-itsjustme:
SteffenC-itsjustme Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
More people need to break that rule. Actually all the adult "rules".

Sometimes I get so f'ing tired of adult small talk. A waste of time if you ask me. We could use that time to actually get to know each other, but no, it's safer to talk about the weather and about the latest HD, 3D, fuckme TV on the market.
Reply
:iconohsostarryeyed:
ohsostarryeyed Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
this is the best comment basically ever
Reply
:iconsteffenc-itsjustme:
SteffenC-itsjustme Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hahaha. Big words, big thank you.
Reply
:iconmasvida:
masvida Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
I like you.

"latest Hd, 3D, fuckme TV"
Reply
:iconsteffenc-itsjustme:
SteffenC-itsjustme Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Haha, thanks :P

But really, it's all just one big cock-measuring contest, if you think about it. "OUR new TV has 1, 5 gajillion pixels and if you buy it NOW, we'll throw in a happy-ending for you, free of charge!" and then the other company makes one of their own, which is different in no way at all, but they make it sound like it is.
That's why I thought it was a good example to use in my comment. :P
Reply
:iconmasvida:
masvida Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Exactly, exactly! I so very much agree with you. It's an annoying place, the consumerist world.

Let's not forget how it's a big sex-machine, practically.
Reply
:iconmasvida:
masvida Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Exactly, exactly! I so very much agree with you. It's an annoying place, the consumerist world.

Let's not forget how it's a big sex-machine, practically.
Reply
:iconsteffenc-itsjustme:
SteffenC-itsjustme Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
And not just the consumerist world, also the world which ohsostarryeyed is referring to. The world of "adult rules", of what's accepted socially, of what's expected of you when you become older. People who leave their childhood behind also leave a large part of their soul behind, that's what I believe.

The greatest compliment I've received this past month, several times I might add, is "you're like a child". Even though some of the times it was meant as a negative, it's still something worth holding on to.

And you're right, let's not forget about that. It's all about sex, according to them. Sex is a beautiful thing, but that's not what they're selling. They're not selling something beautiful, they're selling the latest pair of jeans and nothing more. And yet we fall for it. Over and over again. (btw. I have a tendency to write long comments and carry on conversations through comments on deviations, just so you know XD)
Reply
:iconmasvida:
masvida Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
That is very true. I once read something about how teenagers believing that they're invincible... And adults not, is why adults tend to be fearful of. Making mistakes and thus not living at all.

Agreements.

I do agree. Sex is good, but when you sell it [or anything for that matter] you take away meaning, I think. (that's cool, I tend to as well)
Reply
:iconsteffenc-itsjustme:
SteffenC-itsjustme Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah..that's true. When you take away the fear, you create space for trying new things and, yes, making mistakes, but also learning from those mistakes.

Exactly, it loses all its meaning, when that happens. And alright, cool :P
Reply
:iconmasvida:
masvida Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Agreements
Reply
:iconkmathel94:
kmathel94 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist
Terrific!
Reply
:iconohsostarryeyed:
ohsostarryeyed Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
thanks <3333
Reply
:iconlovelydearyyou:
LovelyDearyYou Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I really love this. Thank you for your work.
Reply
:iconohsostarryeyed:
ohsostarryeyed Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
thank YOU!
Reply
Add a Comment:
 
×

:iconohsostarryeyed: More from ohsostarryeyed


Featured in Collections

Literature by ravenwritingclaw

Literature by Copperfrost


More from DeviantArt



Details

Submitted on
February 27, 2013
File Size
1.6 KB
Link
Thumb

Stats

Views
1,278
Favourites
93 (who?)
Comments
30
×