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Mantra Kathy Luo They say, work more, push more you know you can always do more I say, I know, I know, I know I think if I heard those orders just one more time, my skin would turn to plastic my eyes would glaze to glass and I’d turn into a clock run on cogs and ticks, never miss a meeting again no sleep, no dreams just a charged battery, and I’d run smooth and proud like a perfect machine but I woke up this morning still a human being. She says, watch out for yourself take care of yourself you need to stop loving everything but yourself words from a mother’s mouth because she was tired of sending off a daughter in the fall and getting back a ghost by Christmas Eve I say, I know, I know, I know I tell her, I was turning the other cheek She says they already slapped that one. I rub my face and wonder if she’s right do what I’m saying and follow this road don’t question these things I’m just helping you grow 26 Spring 2018 Okay, I say, I know, I know, I know If only they knew how little I know, that the string I reply with is just a plagiarized promise it’s something I heard first long ago I say, God, you wouldn’t believe what happened today… A voice: I know, I know, I know. Kathy Luo is a junior concentrating in English and Sociology.