Someone Has Already Cried on this Shoulder (Dear World Project)

So yesterday, I was photographed by the people from Dear World.  They’re currently doing a campus tour, and because of the recent trauma my family has undergone, I was selected to be a subject.

Now, what is Dear World, you ask?

What an excellent question.

It’s this awesome story telling method where people from all over the world, walking various paths in life are photographed with a message.  Only the message is a story personal to the model, and the story is written by the models themselves.

It was an interesting experience, being written on by strangers.

If you’d like to check out some of the work they’ve done, here’s the link to their website.

And here’s their Facebook page, where they posted all the photos that were taken alongside mine.

Now then, I’m sure you would all love to see the portrait I created with them?


I was pretty happy with how it turned out.  (Facial expressions are part of the story by the way … I did my best.  I’m a writer, not an actor.)

Also I thought my hair was going to look better … that’s besides the point.

And of course, because it is ~Poetry Thursday~ I have a poem for you.


Someone Has Already Cried on this Shoulder

The room was dark, made of
silence punctuated by
sniffs of held back tears
tearing the seams from family
held together until now.
The fall was long, longer than I
expected, numbers decreasing as
sobbing crescendoed.
My aunt asked me to be here
I needed to be here
but I was the only one not
crying the only one with eyes left
wide enough to witness Death
take her colors
away from a room where pieces
shattered on linoleum.
I was pulled into an embrace—
too many bodies and faces—
they all blurred together in the
middle of fight or flight gone freeze.
anxiety attack—call me heartless for it
but the arms I was pulled into were damp.
Someone has already cried on this shoulder.


Thank you for reading.  I hope you like my art.

Let me know in the comments what you would have taken the portrait to mean without the poem!  I think it would be cool to know.

Thank you, lovelies, and I hope you have a nice rest of your day!

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