Gainesvillains – A Love/Hate Relationship

You truly have to dive in
if you want something different.

Gainesville doesn’t care if you stay here forever.

You’ll become a regular everywhere.
leashed to this 15-mile – if that – radius.
You’ll get to know everything
and everyone

except the new students that roll in and out.
But then they’ll leave,
or stay,

And be, like you,
another leash-ed regular.

It’s not a sentence.
I mean, ultimately you’re free.
This is like the summer camp you never want to leave.
Even though seasons are changing
and you’re getting older
and you’ve probably lost your crappy job 3 times,
and found another crappy job to keep you grounded.

It feels like your rooted.
But you were somewhere before you came here.
You probably felt like something, too.

If you ever want to feel that way again
you must truly dive in.

Or stick around long enough
and become one of the cool kids.


About Jessica Lee

Jessica is a twenty-something poet who performs most of her work on stage in Spoken Word. She has found writing therapeutic since she was child, and has pursued it ceaselessly. She enjoys writing even the most fleeting thoughts and dreams as SensicalRavings. Between long retail shifts, she enjoys writing observational pieces (always with a slant) of locally relevant subjects as ALLGainesville. If you appreciate inspiring, coming-of-age suppositions, become a follower. Though it's not always roses, it's raw!

One comment

  1. Reblogged this on sylviamccabe and commented:
    follow your own words, they’ll lead you sunshine

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