Filed in Gather Writing Essential by on December 26, 2013 0 Comments


houghts diverge,

while reading Divergent

factionless, homeless, cold, and alone,

constant tendency toward tears barely kept at bay.

Try to be…

strong, courageous, dauntless knowing

that in a dystopian world (or even this one) you could’ve been

factionless, homeless, cold and alone,

But fortunately instead there are…

pine trees, presents, food, clothes, hotel rooms,

cell phones, TV shows, iPods, Twitter feeds, and Doctor Who tees.

Turn your heart to stone,

pretend the absence of a room of one’s own doesn’t mean that you are

factionless, homeless, cold, and alone.

Four walls and a roof won’t fit under a Christmas tree,

but it might be all you need to be,


strong, courageous, dauntless  

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Amy Beth Outland is a freelance social media and creative writer with a B.A. in English and Type: 09 teaching certification from Illinois State University. She has worked as a freelance social media writer for Gather.com since 2010. She has also worked a

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