I kept diaries throughout my teenage years, writing copiously to get my seemingly interminable sadness out, just to make it feel manageable. This self-awareness sometimes felt like such a weight, but in the end I think it's what lifted me up. I don't write in my diary that much now - probably because there's less to say in a diary when you are happy. But I daresay that many of us have kept diaries at difficult moments in our lives.
If you have kept a diary (or even still do!), use this poem space to express what it means to you. If you have never kept one, or even find the idea bewildering or weird, let those feelings out in your poetry too. Even if you have at some point read someone else's diary, write about that perhaps: did the person whose diary it was ever find out? How did you feel afterwards, having read it?
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