We all know that nothing is perfect. Our modern society included. Many things are problematic and troubling, and even though we notice them, we are not too fast to work on fixing pressing social issues.

Al Margen, an illustrator from Buenos Aires, Argentina, creates depressing drawings pinpointing the world problems of our times. He creates dark drawings that are sometimes louder than words and are extremely thought-provoking. The author himself is very critical about his works and talks about them in a really artistic manner: "They are children of boredom, nonconformity or anger. <...> They are the representation of discarded ideas. They are the garbage of the subconscious. But they are more visceral and sincere than other sad drawings because they have no obligation to please. <...> Because they were born only by an impulse and nothing more. Because they were born to annoy because they show the problems with society."

Take a look at some of his satirical works on social problems below and let us know which one was your favorite.

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Amy Radie
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3 years ago

Too true.

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Jeremie Guerra
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3 years ago

Black mirror-ish

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varwenea
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3 years ago

A viewer/reader needs to be judicious on how they process info. Information is rarely absolute. Hero and villain are often opposite sides of the same coin; just a matter of perspective.

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varwenea
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3 years ago

This is so horrible and so true. Sad for the child.

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Jeremie Guerra
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3 years ago

Those drawing are really dark and powerfull!

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cyberbird
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3 years ago

Too many extra-academic obligations.

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Bob 3.0
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3 years ago

This perfectly sums up anorexia.

Stephanie Hutner
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3 years ago

Bulimia.

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KittySpam
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3 years ago

Notice no mouth on the person too..

ZEFCAT
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3 years ago

Anorexics speaks with their body

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Diane Romero
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2 years ago

So sad.

Caitlyn McCracken
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3 years ago

Looks like bulimia to me

Emilia Maria
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3 years ago

and what does that bucket means? @Al Margen Pagina

Amanda
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3 years ago

Throwing up food to become skinner

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Kreesh Me
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7 months ago

This perfectly sums up the perpetuating demand of what media pushes into the minds of our girls, starting at a very young age, as the ultimate definition of beauty. They live the rest of their lives aspiring to meet an unattainable ideal, becoming the living role models for the next generation, continuing the cycle. Most of them don't understand, however, to get so thin means the body loses its menstrual cycle too. Why is that? Because the body no longer sees itself as fit to carry and sustain life. The very thing that makes her a woman (not the menses, but having the ability to be childbearing), her very own body disqualifies her. That's just one of the physiological effects. Of course the psychological effects are just as dangerous and earth-shattering. Please, don't let me make it sound as though this only affects the females either. Boys and men are just as affected too. It's truly a sad issue. It wasn't that long ago when beauty was gauged by a plump appearance and pale skin.

Svetlana Nudelman
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2 years ago

This is a scream for HELP! We need the antidote to the brainwashing about real image of beaty. We need to realize that Beaty is not a certain size, certain form and color. Beaty is about your health, inner freedom, confidence, self acceptance , self realization. Real Beaty comes from inside and nobody can take it away from us.. Beaty it is your ability to love, to give, to enjoy somebody’s success, to admit somebody’s achievements. If we get it right and can pass it to our kids, the world will be better.

Joseph Hui
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2 years ago

better than fat

Lyn Limpert
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2 years ago

Unfortunately, this aflicts older women more than is reported. My 87 year old mother in law starves herself because her boyfriend said she had a “pot”.

Robert Snow
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2 years ago

Keeping up with 🤢

Joe Bazinga
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2 years ago

Unrealistic American "perfection" expectations for "beauty".

Ashen Always
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1 year ago

Not confined to America.

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Aurea Parker
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3 years ago

How we are to look at people with eating problems...

Anne Mayo
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3 years ago

We need to quit telling our children things like "you're too fat" That may cause them to have poor body images! Isn't it hard enough being a kid without exacerbating it with body shaming? What has the world become?

Donna Mixon
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3 years ago

All she sees is extra skin...

Sylvain Duford
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3 years ago

ooff, that's powerful.

Jen Rothfeld Rice
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3 years ago

Is that meant to be a stomach band? Especially since if you eat to much with a band, you do throw up? That's the only reason I don't think this specifically points to anorexia or bulemia. Or maybe it all 3?

Chris Jones
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3 years ago

now, to the catwalk

Jozua
Community Member
3 years ago

It is hard to breathe when look at this pic.

Dianna Slowey-Thomas
Community Member
3 years ago

Too big still

Iapetos
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3 years ago

I like these drawings.

Georgina Zarate
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3 years ago

Society, pulicity makiing individuals sick.

Rogue Angel
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3 years ago

Society's view of how a woman should look, with no voice to express her own views and opinions.

Cherryl Sagan
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3 years ago

Societal expectations...

Jennifer Oldham
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3 years ago

And what media forces us to think about ourselves.

Hannah Ross
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3 years ago

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I feel like it's addressing body image in a neutral way. We don't know if the subject is female or male. It's hard to decipher gender. I think it shows that body image is wide spread and not segregated to a singular group of people.

Bridget Smith
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3 years ago

Well, she's wearing a bra and bikini bottoms...so....

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3 years ago

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she so pretty

Keyz Karanza
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3 years ago

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Great. More body shaming through cartoons. Can we stop this shit already?

Tiffany Harding
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3 years ago

It's not body shaming, it's commenting on unrealistic beauty expectations of pop culture and how damaging it is. It's a powerful statement.

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Jeremie Guerra
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3 years ago

I prefer coffee :)

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nameme the undieing
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3 years ago

2 seconds before a jaguar eats her face off

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nameme the undieing
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3 years ago

I know how it feels to walk up dollar stairs and be met with a dick to the face

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nameme the undieing
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3 years ago

reminds me of dr who

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Alia Gail
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3 years ago

I hate seeing old buildings knocked down, or old businesses going out, or anything like that. It makes me so sad.

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Caitlyn McCracken
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3 years ago

'I woke up like this'

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Diana Lazar
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3 years ago

Tinder?

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Jeremie Guerra
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3 years ago

It reminds me a scene from Midnight Express

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cyberbird
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3 years ago

A baby machine to feed a hungry world.

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cyberbird
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3 years ago

Crimefighting sistem dissected

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Tina Nebiolo
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3 years ago

When the mind's defense mechanism is to drown the possibility of thoughts in music.

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Kane Cheung
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3 years ago

Peace does not always bring about freedom. And not hard to become a prisoner of peace. Bane said it best, victory has defeated you.

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Sweep the Leg
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3 years ago

I really like this one!

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Stefania PiovPr
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3 years ago

I think , socety tries to make you look mad if you have different opinions ...or ideas

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cyberbird
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3 years ago

In today schedule no need for brains.

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bon dok
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3 years ago

Some refugees couldn't find a land

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Allie Orona
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3 years ago

It's hard to be a kid in a money-less family, when the parents won't change their lifestyles to the lesser amount of money they now have. You have to give up so much of yourself to try to make things better, as far as money goes, and it all goes down the drain anyway. It really, really sucks.

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Ποιητικό Αίτιο
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3 years ago

Look at that. He's only chained by his mind. His feet and arms are let free. And the chains leading to his mind are connected to negligible obstacles. It's the mind that's keeping you away from love...

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Rogue Angel
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3 years ago

Shackled to the internet. So true. So many people live their lives on the Net, they forget there's a life away from it.

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Alex Libre
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3 years ago

I think it's more to do with stereotyping and how we view people based on a few arbitrary "defining" characteristics. Rich people are greedy, fat people only think about food, police officers are just out to stop people from having fun, and a beautiful woman is just a beautiful body. Flawed thinking.

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Taylor Chrisley
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3 years ago

Domestic Violence

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Edouard Youssef
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3 years ago

The one think too much of the past, the other one is embarrassed by the future and the third one can't live the present day, so they all come here to take their "carpe diem" pils...

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Cheryl Adams
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3 years ago

Turn off consumer mentality. We're supposed to care for the earth, not consume it.

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Martin Forbes
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3 years ago

With these drawings, as I believe most of us get what the artist is trying to say here, its clear that we really are in a dystopian society and we just don't see it because we don't want to see it. sigh...

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Danielle Scott
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3 years ago

Really? I see power stripping away dignity, strength, and freedom from helpless individuals & obliterating them

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Amy Noble
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3 years ago

They don't fit

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Kaeli McIntyre
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3 years ago

anxiety

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Kane Cheung
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3 years ago

Biological clock is ticking

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Caitlyn McCracken
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3 years ago

Stealing other people's ideas ?

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Jennifer Nicholson
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3 years ago

mowing down the resistance

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Brandon Paltoo
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3 years ago

Plastic surgery

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It was Mark!
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3 years ago

The thinker. Planting more seeds to ponder about.

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Jacqui O'Rhea
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3 years ago

Love is blind. You will open the door to your heart and let them walk right in if you don't know the person and only go by appearances, and they could be hiding their intent to do you harm.

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cyberbird
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3 years ago

Trapped by TV

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Cheryl Adams
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3 years ago

Cue the Kardashians.

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Dennis Reyes
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3 years ago

Religion as big buck business.

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Birchy Cat
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3 years ago

Surrogate

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Caitlyn McCracken
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3 years ago

Cup half empty or half full

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Caitlyn McCracken
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3 years ago

She graduated and now she's in deep shit? In the real world? This one is lost on me

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Patti
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3 years ago

The price she had to pay to get there

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Dennis Reyes
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3 years ago

Finding inspiration.

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Jessica Roose
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3 years ago

Dude takes pills either for drug addiction or Rx and it alters his state of mind so that he is unable to write. Everything that comes from him goes to waste hence the trashcan

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Patti
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3 years ago

Horse power

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Jacqui O'Rhea
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3 years ago

Finger nails have a nail bed, so the roses under the nail of the fingers with wedding rings are "a bed of roses". The barbed wire represents a prison you can't escape from. What they though was bliss when they got married turns out to be a life sentence. The man and woman are popping up from a toaster. They are done, dry. Their love has dried up. From her head is a spool of silk. A spring silkworm produces silk until it dies. There is a Chinese thought that likewise, giving one's thought to another person is like a spring silkworm producing silk until it dies. He has a banana on his head. There is a book called Mr. Bananahead at Home about Mr. Bananahead who tries hard to do all the chores on Mrs. Bananahead's list but can't get them right. So the symbolism on their heads means even though they both have tried to to please each other, in the end it is no good, if that is all they do. It is too consuming and they dry up as people.

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Caitlyn McCracken
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3 years ago

It's a diary. Maybe his thoughts are destroying him

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Nickie Pacheco
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3 years ago

The life of social media. Everyone posts looking for validation via likes. Only to find opposition from people close to them.

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Jessica Roose
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3 years ago

She is a prostitute. Her tongue holds powerful men in her prison. Bc with the ability to blackmail she has power over them with the words she speaks. The only one who pleases her is her drugs where she can find escape from what it is she does.

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cyberbird
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3 years ago

Possessiveness

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Arshad Ali
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3 years ago

Ayer means yesterday in Spanish and his mind is a pencil being shaven (wasting away) because all he can focus on is the past.

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Drew Williams
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3 years ago

Staying Squared Away with Military Service

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Cala Sophia
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3 years ago

She looks at him as her knight in shining armor. She sees the man as her warrior, her savior. People generally look to other people to complete them.

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