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therosielord:

When I was in elementary school, I found the greatest comfort in the heroines of children’s literature. My role models were Coraline Jones, Hermione Granger, and Gratuity Tucci – the spectacular hero of my all-time favorite book: The True Meaning of Smekday, by Adam Rex. After all these years, I’ve decided to pay my respects to that wonderful novel, so here it is - the Smekday fansong!

The cover art is courtesy of Adam Rex himself. I thank him from the bottom of my heart.
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You think you’re better ‘cause you lived a little longer
think you’re bigger ‘cause you stand up straighter
let me tell you that I’ve dealt with taller
and stronger and louder than you.

I may be small but I’ve a lot of smarts and
I’m quicker than those academic farts and
for one so tiny, I’ve got a lot of heart and
I’m braver than grown-ups, too.

I’m eleven and I can do anything.

I drove across this empty promise, crowded land
I saw the monsters and the people hand in hand
I saved the world and I learned one thing in the end:
there’s no such thing as perfect monsters
and some of them are friends.

It’s all a whirl of moles and mice and tool kits
and driving hover cars without a permit
and mortifying doesn’t even cover it
sure was a crazy year.

Don’t say I’m too young for this and that ‘cause
I’ve bested creatures twice my size with cat fuzz
and I’m the most heroic girl there ever was
yet no one knew I was here.

I’m still eleven, and I’ll do anything.

I never thought that I would end up driving
into a little guy who sent me flying
across the wasteland of a species dying
under a scabbed faux-moon.

I guess I never thought a lot of things that
are now as real as any mouse or cloned cat.
But thanks to things that I thought I was bad at
the monsters are leaving soon.

I was eleven, and I did everything.

I won us back our rightful home, our only land
The outcasts, orphans and my best friend lent a hand.
I saved the world and I learned one thing in the end:
we are the best kind of monster
and we’ll always be friends.

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