palo alto rant

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picturesque
appearances
success rates
sky rockets
tech innovation geniuses
palm trees sunshine
pretty pretty pretty please
khakis flip flops tennis clubs swimming pools
who am i
you are this
what do i think
you think that
do it all do it alllll
strive strive strive
higher still
stanford harvard princeton yale
yale yale yale
f@#king yellllll
what's your score
go go go
honors honors varsity weee
make your parents proud
plan ahead
for the future
i want you to be happy
i want you to earn it
i want i want i want
i wanttttt
the best for you
to have a good life
you should be happy
one day
wealthy successful happy
what matters most
one never living day
are you feeling down
let's fix it
let's do everything
everything everything
therapy weight watchers
hover hover hover
hush hush hush
watch your appearances
not on the record
behind closed doors
never suspended
always secluded
help me
why
train horns rush by
we hear it from the quad
did you hear about _____
helicopter hell-icopter
school counselors hush
don't tell anyone
don't trust the school
keep it off the record
keep planning
for the f@#king future
but what if
we don't want to live another day
what if we planned too much
and missed it
the point
what is all this for
who am i
what do i want
how do i be
just be
accepted
for me
when all i've ever learned
is to become something i'm not
something perfect
that doesn't exist
something that's all for show
for pleasantville
something afraid
of not being liked
of not being like
what the others
only appear
to be

what is now
what is honesty
what is the point
of how it looks
what is the point
of the future
when we hate ourselves
today
how do we save ourselves
together
how do we emerge
from palo alto

Lisa Rachel Snyder