byneithanlevi byneithanlevi

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Poetry | Prose | Stories 📝  Not a poet. Writing account. Cooler than (most) middle schoolers. Oh, who am I kidding? 📍SoCal . ↘️ #icanttellyou finally here!

They have arrived, my friends.

I’ll be mailing them over tomorrow! And I have no idea when they will arrive 😅 Especially for the international friends, they may take a bit longer to arrive 😁

PSA: If you’ve read ‘I can’t tell you’ please leave a review on Barnes and Noble + Goodreads 🙂

If you’ve read this far, I think you deserve to be part of the long awaited #500giveaway. Rules are simple. (Account must be public through the remainder of the contest so I can see the posts)
1. Repost this picture or, if you received an e-version, your favorite piece from the book
2. Tag my account and use #500giveaway
3. Tag ✌🏼 (two, dos) Friends in YOUR post
»this giveaway is only open for US friends this time 🙃«

Have you ever lost yourself in deep thought and re-examined your life? How much one decision truly affects the course of your life? Seriously, even the simplest of them. For example, one man leaves home just a minute later than usual. He gets in his car, waits for it to warm up, again as usual. He takes the same route, stops at the same stop light. Checks both ways. Safe to go. Wrong. CRASH... The man on the intersecting lane left home just a minute earlier. He had woken up earlier than usual. Was hoping to make a good impression on his boss that day to ask for a raise. He has a spotless reputation for being punctual, always at least 15 minutes before start time. He hurried this morning and had a minute to spare, but decided to just leave anyway. It’s one of those calls one makes at a yellow light, he felt he would make it going at the speed he was. Wrong. CRASH.
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At times I wonder what life would be like had I not made the decisions I did. Something as simple as taking a short course and meeting the mentor of your life. Or volunteering to take the graveyard shift and meeting your best friend. Rekindling an old friendship by going to a party in another country. Even, going to a taco stand and falling for your first love... These may seem like exaggerations but believe me they are only slightly modified true events. True to me, anyway. I come to the same conclusion every time: I am fortunate to have been there, done that. The people I’ve met because of small decisions. I look forward to more serendipity encounters. It could be the start of something great. I could be the start of something new...

Photograph: @davidanthperez

Find my book ‘I can’t tell you’ through the link in my bio 🙏🏼

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It all started nearly 10 years ago with this opening line... I guess I’ve always been a “forward” thinker 🤔 in the sense that I’ve always thought about it: the future. What’s it gonna be like in a few years? In ten? Who’s still gonna be part of my life? That’s why I’ve always trying to keep those a cherish and appreciate near me; I never want them to be a distant memory. But I’ve also learned that one can only do so much 🤷🏻‍♂️ It’s the other person’s effort combine with one’s own that counts. You keep doing your part. At least you can be happy with that 👏🏼 Course, sometimes driftingapart is inevitable. But I believe those that are meant to come back into your life, one day will.
Goodnight beautiful people 🤗 •
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That one friend who you know is gonna arrive late but you don’t know how late...
IT’S OUT GUYS AND DOLLS!!
After much plodding and emotionally excruciating work, #icanttellyou is out in the world. I decided to decrease the price as much as possible in the beginning so that all those who were patiently waiting could be rewarded. It’s not gonna stay at that price, so grab a copy ASAP —link in bio. And thank you to those spreading the word 🙏🏼 Word of mouth goes a long way with these things 🤓👍🏼

Major shoutout to my cover art and book designer @mitch_grn with @radpresspublishing 👏🏼 Book design needs? He’s the man 💯

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MY POETRY.

It’s almost here 🙏🏼☺️ A decade in the making, 3 years of waiting to be out in the world... #icanttellyou

Today was a long day of activity, but I am happy and satisfied 😌 My Boss is the best 🙏🏼

Have you ever had a person whom you cherished so much and then after an incident you didn’t talk anymore? (Even though you wanted to, but never given the chance?) Well that’s where this one comes from. It sucks. A lot. Because at one point you felt you were so close and then, what seems like from one day to next, they’re no longer part of your life...

Look for this one in #icanttellyou. 6 days to go 🙏🏼

I like cloudy days but only when they come around once in a while. We it starts to be a habit, it gets old pretty fast. I hope we have either some rain or some sun soon! ⛅️ 🌧

7 MORE DAYS till I can’t tell you!

I’m sending the final details tonight so this thing can be ready to go. Gotta be honest, I was starting to believe that I wasn’t going to release this afterall. But things are falling into place. It’s not in my hands anymore. Thank you for your continued support, I can’t say it enough ☺️ Please tell someone you know will appreciate this book, about it. Word of mouth goes a long way 🤗 Wishin you a goodnight 😴 gotta wake up early tomorrow...

#30may2018 #icanttellyou #icty #poetrycollection #poeticmemoir #indiewriter #indieauthors #youngadultlit #yapoetry #youngadultpoetry

This song still reminds me of you...

RIP 15-year-old Levi. (This is a photograph from about a year ago) The words came from a late night bonfire and a ripped out heart. The girl I’d fallen for had done me dirty. And she dared sing along to these songs about betrayal and heartache... She sat right across from me, between us was the fire pit, and a whole lot of situational irony. I’d confront her later that night. She cried. I still don’t know how I kept it together. The night after when the rest of the family went out, I stayed behind with the excuse of being tired. I cried myself to sleep.

I can’t tell you releases May 30th 🙏🏼 Thanks for sticking around
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I found an unsent and unopened letter from a few years ago today addressed to an ex love interest of mine. The name sounded like a distant memory. Almost immediately, curiosity took over my mind. “I’m sure I’ve ‘found’ this letter more than once before, why haven’t I opened it? And why do I get the sudden urge to open it now? Why now? Why right now? Can I not wait until tomorrow?” Before tonight, I’d forgotten about its existence... why couldn’t I wait just one more day? Had I not found it, I wouldn’t have this sense of urgency!

And I think that’s the way it is with a lot of things in life. It’s like we’re kids again. There’s this “thing” which we lost or forgot we had and we know it’s there, in the back of our minds, just waiting for the “right time” to jump out at us (let’s face it, perfect timing doesn’t exist), and everything’s fine while nothing seems to happen. Then BOOM!! Hello! It’s as if we’ve discovered water for the first time. Or when we lose something, and we’re searching and searching and aren’t successful. Then, when not looking, it reappears in the most seemingly obvious place.

Suddenly, this “thing” is important again (even though it wasn’t 2 minutes ago). It becomes priority. Or we’re just anxious to get to it now.

This post had no real value, just a thought I had simply for finding this old letter (well 2015 ain’t too long ago, right? Maybe I’m just getting old, smh) Sorry, this is how my brain works 🤷🏻‍♂️ •
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*CAPTION*
from I can’t tell you —
“And when I’m choking on annoyance and my weakness starts to dance,
your voice comes through to soothe me as you come sing me to sleep.”

Who’s that one person who’s voice mellows you down? A loved one? Mom? Dad? Sister? Brother? A close friend? Someone more?...

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#comingsoon2018 #30may2018

That’s right... unfortunately (mostly my fault) release date had to be pushed back 😔 You’ve all been so patiently waiting for this and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your support and willingness to read my book :’) Thank you all for your “voices” through comments, DMs, emails, etc... Just a little while longer, I promise 🙏🏼 (unless I die or something, we’ll do our best not to do that 😉)

THIS IS NOT A DRILL.
SAVE THE DATE: 30 MAY 2018.
This. Is. It.

*CAPTION*

The lock on your heart is rusted shut whenever I am in your presence.
and it’s so sad...
You ignore me, blow me off
as if I were dressed in dust, and you walk past me. Every. Single. Time.
-from #icanttellyou

My friend (the artist featured in ICTY) really felt this one 🙏🏼
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Tag someone ♥️

How old were you when you had your first kiss? Have you even had it yet? If not, don’t feel bad; join the club. I’ve saved mine. And I was told by a good friend that it’s actually a beautiful thing, that I’ll be able to share my first kiss with someone truly special. That the wait will have been worth it.

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