Fictional Fact is a poem by Hopewell Valley Central High School junior Edison Hicks & was published in Panorama, the literary arts magazine.
Let me live my life like it’s fictional
With jade green color contacts and a fake younger brother
The one whose legacy I’m continuing
I’ve been writing it down, day by day
Everything I want to say and do
By the end, after I’ve spun my own universe
Filled with betrayal and sadness,
I’ll reveal it to be fake.
I’ll shave my head, reveal my blue eyes
And walk away from the scene,
Leaving behind the corpse of a singer who looks just like me.
I’ll make a statement:
“I did this so I could transcend fictional borders.
I made my life a fictional one but presented it as real.
I needed an outlet, so I did this.
I would never have done anything different, living as a true real fiction.”
I don’t care what they’ll say.
He never loved me, betrayed me, or hit me.
That was all fictional.
But the mental scars he gave are still here, even one year later.
I was never disowned or ridiculed by my family.
You can guess what this line is meant to say.
It was never real, but it can be if you want.
It’s up to the audience to draw a conclusion.
Some are smooth with ink, others are rough – chalk on pavement.
No matter how rudimentary or perfect, juvenile or mature, incorrect or not,
Everyone is right.
Doesn’t everyone like winning?