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I should have realized from the start. That your powerful words of discrimination are tearing me apart. Favoritism for my white cousin are abundantly clear. Compliment's galore you gifted them year after year.  
I was nine When I found out my father  Was deploying to Iraq Anger Confusion Fear  Clouded my mind
There’s something in the water  Just below the surface  Every time I look away it glimmers.  A gentle splash  Lapping of water on the hull of my leaky boat.
Like a flower bright and tall Surrounded by weeds But shines and never hides Making it through Being pulled down to doom  
You stiff my breath Make my throat go numb I can’t say a word And you want me say a lot   Why do you have such cruel inflictions on me? Is my soul not enough for you to keep
You stiff my breath Make my throat go numb I can’t say a word And you want me say a lot   Why do you have such cruel inflictions on me? Is my soul not enough for you to keep
The pain he leaves you with is not your identity. You are not what he said you are and “crazy”,
Change is what scares me the most. But being afraid of something that is constant, Worrying over the what-ifs, and the “what’s next?” Will only create a scarier effect. So I travelled exactly 7,403 miles from home.
How hard is it to breathe? When your mind is not at ease? In a sense you think you're fine, try to hold it in inside. You affirm yourself, "I got this". But you're not the kind who's reckless.
Fear tells you to stand where you are. Don't move. What if I want to get somewhere? Well you have to take a step out there.
Can I tell you something?  It's quite important  But I mean no alarm so, actually I'll say it's not We haven't talked in a while It's time I tell you this thing Oh you're kind of busy?
I am supposed to be Anne Frank But I just feel like myself, pretending I did not think that I would have been able to feel all of these eyes on me when I signed up for this.
There it is The Door. You know the one You pass it every single day This time, though You stop and look Just briefly Then hurry on your way You start to wonder What is behind it?
I had a phobia of words; Not the monster under my bed. This terror lived inside me Up inside my head.   It ate my thoughts for breakfast Asked for seconds Then for thirds
After a long and taxing battleIt all comes to a end Decided by one final tug
After a long and taxing battleIt all comes to a end Decided by one final tug
Concealing the unknown Stealing sight Hiding who-knows-what In the night, is The Dark. The Dark that lies across the land That pools beneath the bed That stretches at the edge of light
Shuddering breaths, an exhale in each step Even for a text message, my breath trembles Planning out my goodbyes To a friend, once cherished
Fear, Such a silly word. Courage, Something I never had. Living and breathing, Never doing as I pleased. Terrified to speak, Always weak in the knees. Never knew how to say,
  —she sits alone, never  reaches out to the people  around her—she would  rather suffer than speak up    —she never throws anything away  (she keeps treasures in her room, 
Expectations and warnings Consider carefully the beginnings Every action has consequence Every inaction is opportunity Slipped Away. Oh, I’m brave So courageous I love to live outrageous
Battle angel, battle angel, hear my cry to charge,  I'm ready to have faith in you, don't leave me here alone,  In perfect rhythm, marching out, they come for me at large, 
Someone once asked me why a reader would write. Why, when the bookshelves have run out of space? Why, when there is nothing new under the sun?
Make it easy.
You are indeed an awesome enchanting giftPlease stop walking in a field of griefLife's sometimes wicked and full of prejudiceBut remember you're lovely amidst these tumult and hasteOur life isn't always a happy feast
When you choose sadness to take over the depths of your heartThen you let doubts and anxieties prevail over joyAnd when you opt to have your smile vanish in a whirlwind of fear
Courage and strength in the midst of her fear Disguises her feelings, though she woke up in tears   Uneven, rocky, and rough her journey will be Winding and long her roads are temporarily
It's there. Sitting in the corner of my mind. Waiting for me to weaken. I'm sick and tired. It strikes when my insecurities are left bare. Leaving me to search and find.
Don´t stop Don´t drop   Keep goin on even when live tries to strive after luck don´t you see it looks like a Puck   Don´t stop Don´t drop   there is an answer
The power of poetry
i   lonesome and awake watching the lighthouse swing beams scanning cowards through bedroom windows   foreboding dawn of a red planet universe of hopeless
I'm so sick of the justice system being so "just us." My people constantly locked in or locked out. Blissful ignorance chose by so many with white skin. So many could care less, and still others choose to ignore and block out...oh so careless.
I had lost something Lost at sea it was not I set sail but all I found were people lost Some were following a captain Their actions commandeered by one voice But many were by their lonesome
Thank you for helping me,  I was in doubt and could not see, Potential was always there,  But I was too stuck on how life was not fair, The best Aunt anyone could ask for, 
She reminded me of a butterfly, With her gentleness and grace, With her beauty and strength. Her scars were her wings That flew her right to me.
“Don’t fear the dark” is what I was told I sit in bed covers to chin covered fully I look left and right playing Look-See I am sweating and shaky, I don’t know why My room is dark as I lay with the shadows
Everyone has to go through a struggle Potential pitfalls will try to deter you Do not ever give up Keep your head up and guide your way through Darkness initially may surround you
I took a poetry class for the first time when I was 21 in my last year of college.   And it felt like the first time I swam when I was seven on the last day of swim class.  
Whisper here, Whisper there, I heard you whisper in his ear, Told him the gossiper's word, With the forbidden glare.   The hallway, a lounge, The lockers, full of the smoky words of cold hounds.
So close I could almost taste it. Yet, all along, I knew I'd be scared to face it.  The thing I'd been chasing The one I'd been craving. Yeah, I'm scared to face it. It's a paradox A pandora's box
So close I could almost taste it. Yet, all along, I knew I'd be scared to face it.  The thing I'd been chasing The one I'd been craving. Yeah, I'm scared to face it. It's a paradox A pandora's box
freedom  freedom to release every loud thought that you believe is screaming at you  courage  courage to rawly drench these pages with pain, with joy, in solitude no perfection lives here
My beloved is like Jonah; He's been in the belly of the Beast. Once the whale had thought him dinner, Jonah was quickly freed. My beloved is like Matthew; Imprisoned, though not to blame.
It has taken a lot of courage to make it through my first year in college, but I made it. I’ve remained determined and I will continue to work my goal to become a director of movies
In her tattered notebook,  She finds solace.  The yellowing crinkled pages aboard a vessel, tucked away behind a cabin door.  Much like herself, the faded treasures she hides have yet to wash ashore. 
I keep staring at a blank paper like I have no feelings. I feel like I have no words to say anything about that’s happened these last few days.
I remember her hands gripping to the wheel, An ice covered windshield, The snow outside as thick as steel, She was afraid, but could not yield.   Maybe it was the cold,
                            Counting the Costs but still-              Stepping Out into the crowd and-                                   Undertaking what may seem impossible;            
In a moment of weakness, deep and harsh and full of terror, Courage is hiding. It hides from kings, emperors; even the holy men of Rome
Conversation with strangers   Young man with eyes so green, with stories on your sleeves Was it love and pain, Or the thrill of freedom   Dear unknown Reserved,
Conversation with strangers   Young man with eyes so green, with stories on your sleeves Was it love and pain, Or the thrill of freedom   Dear unknown Reserved,
A rare species So hard to find Someone to stick up for themselves and others ones with courage have gone
If we are delicate, Why do others delight in our frailty If we are innocent, Why do others relish in our misjudgement If we are kind,
A toe balanced on a wire as thin as reality, a fine veneer set over something we can’t bear to imagine The universe swirls around, unknowing and uncaring, infinite
Who knows what will be in futureIt is said its the mystery of life Imagine if you knew what's tomorrowThen, why would you fight?
Hi, my name is Kai and I am gender-fluid. Well, that's not what my birth certificate says But it's who I am nowadays. I enjoy living in my own fantasies. A place in my mind where I can be anything.
Dear-heart,  There is so much that I would tell you,                                         Yet so much that I cannot You know I love my words, 
Do you love someone? Do they know? Have the strength to have the heart Tell them
Trudge through the mud and the rain. No rest for the weary No rest from the pain Lights and the shadows play tricks on my brain And my heart is strained against a Thick rusted chain.
Holding a gun to my head, Despite facing the consequence of ending up dead, A fear that comes to mind, For moments earlier I were too blind,
They caught me off guard on a normal weekday afternoon, They matched your smile when I first saw it come through, They danced and sparkled when you laughed at my expense;
Bravery in the face of danger Courage in a foreign land Your selflessness in service As strong and united you stand   For the old as with the young Both loved ones and those unknown
Perfectionism We never fully satisfy it Thoughts of self compassion make it cringe Often it deceives Faultfinding limits our potential Cuts off love and belonging in life So scratch that-be free
I hope I hope I hope That someday I will not be afraid No I hope That I will be afraid but able
The brightest rose in the ground The most majestic of flowers Stood taller than the tallest man With a mighty stance. It’s leaves stretched from sea to sea With green of speckled frog.
You say I was quiet, and shy way back then. I was little and it’s hard to remember, but when I think about it, I really did stay To myself, hidden behind you, without much to say.  
Im here to tell you a couple things. 1. Life isnt easy.  It never meant to be easy. 2. There are always better people than you. There will always be competition 3. There will always be people worse than you.
The world is kind to let you pick your own poison Misery holds you underwater like an anchor Courage seeps through our skin, burning us alive Truth is a deadly pillow with a silver lining  
One step forward Two steps back   Is this ever true   One move closer  Two backtracks   Creates new paths for you   One truth found Two lies learned  
The blood, sweat and tears she lay,  as she smiles from day to day. Sweet as flowers of a rose, Bitter than a lemon that grows. Clear as the blue skies and birds that flew, but little did she knew.
  If the only thing to fear is fear itself I find it funny that I'm so scared to be Courageous. I am most scared when no one expects me to stand up.
"It was a pleasure to burn." Those were the words that I begged for my soul For my heart My bones My lips to utter truly,   Truly. That fire, Was killed by a dying mother, 
Pessimism creeped through every crevice of my soul constantly my head was down negativity had a hold, My mind was a whirlwind of emotions spiraling so deep as if I conceived the ocean,
~ Walls of Flesh ~ Life isn't just what is seen in a pretty picture,But the secrets buried from within the walls of our flesh, and hidden deep inside, Intellectually we stand tall, body held strong by the back bone of our pride, While we battle th
Inhale.   Fingers tucked under the hem of my dress, Heart echoing the clapping enveloping my ears I want to disappear.
trigger touch  to end a life  throw a punch  or grab a knife  but why tell me why? is it so you feel alive? or is it because you hate goodbyes? well look me, look  into my eyes
It's inevitable. We all shout, cry, scream, and drown in our dark thoughts But it's how we decide to fight those moments that makes us unique, Me- I go back in time.
Outpourings of my soul Pathways to my mind Overflows of my heart Portraits of the “real me” inside   Desire and dream dancing oh so freely Fear and pain relenting as they lose secrecy
WE
We fall we get back up We crawl we learn to walk We sing we let out sorrow We revolt we change the outcome
I’m just a normal girl Whether it’s from my blood or my actions You sat next to me not knowing if I would be the right one for you
fly in a wind storm     jump into a hurricane   deal, the consequence  
  Where our voice cannot reach Poetry is the bridgework We write what we cannot say out loud And our voices are deafening  
thing is im weak so I fall to my knees I beg to you God please oh please help me  I need your strength to help fight this painyou are my light that guides the night I beg to you God please oh please help me  give me wisdom give me peace walk w/ me
Us
Over all of the pain and sorrow We will overcome We have to stay strong and believe that the world can be altered Once in a while things will get tough, but we have to stand tall and be judicious
this is the day  the one single day  on its own its not much but maybe thats the point it doesn't have to be much I mean we don't remember days we remember moments and not every moment either 
the monster in my dreams who is it who tortures me? with no answer to my plea  a silent scream I will release  because of what I see, in these grusome scenes I am wishing they would cease 
If you had asked me a couple months ago the question “What is the one thing or one person you could not live without,” I would have answered, without hesitation or doubt in my mind.   I would have told you it was him.
Haikus Inside, there is war. The heart and mind, They quarrel. Like kindred beings.   Fell between the cracks. Shortcomings, All too common.
You are the cartographerAnd I, the compass roseYour maps show where we've already beenBut there are other places still to go
Drip-drip, pitter-patterA steady pace to punctuate a thoughtTurns to a down-pour with a crack of thunderAnd a single thought becomes a roar
I fall on my knees picking up my papers, not wanting to lose another in case it’s important. I am shoved back down this time hitting my head against the fountain. Pitying myself and wondering what offense I made
Beauty in you. We are all human beings. Beauty is what is all underneath No makeup to hide the shame that is inside  We all make mistakes,but we have to still try  Fight to believe, dream, and achieve 
There is no courage, nor doubt That comes to mind within this cloud What i thought was not right, nor mind uncluttered There is some courage within the hand And sitting in the palm, leaping off the fingers
When faced with judgment,Who will you be?Fight or flight?We shall see.   Dance in the wind,Or be crushed in the mud?Will you fly,Or be doused in the blood?  
Tap, tap, tap Or rather, thud, thud, thud Lub-dub, lub-dub The throbbing beat in my chest Uncontrollably echoing the chime of the unknown Reminding me of what I have to lose
I sit in the warm ambience of the lodge,             staring at a pane of glass, The thin yet impervious margin             between activity and immobility No sounds penetrate its transparent surface
"Ok did that word escape my lips again  Afaid When did I start with just pretend Relief Is there none here now for me? Believe  I'm strong enough with Him Courage
"A fall from heights A stray dog bite's A single light A slave girl's right's  None of these matter  If there's no happy ever after But these thing we are And these things we were 
"Anger, Wisdom, Regret, Pain,  They think my life is just a game I can't stand another minute But if I fold now I'll be defeated  Their torture stings like a thousand knives But I can't trust these awful lies
The time has come my friends, for stories to be told for bridges to be sold and hearts grow cold. Dark caresses between sweet fingers. These smoke rings I blow shatter the crisp clean air.
It doesn't peel away, but I can take it off It makes me feel beautiful But I can wipe it with a cloth. Compliments from boys all day Somehow boosts my confidence, but It's not me, It's my mask they see
To be fearless is to be reckless, to have courage is to have fear and push past it...
we're dead while living. we're living but not breathing we were alive before being born, we grow without growing we see without seeing we hear but not everything we know
You have no idea how badly i hurt, how much pain i endure when my anxieties and fears pulse through my blood… How easy it seems to just let them out, it only costs an inch of flesh…
I look at you with memories flashing through my mind Those days we used to smile and laugh Those days we'd play on the slide My mind shutters through the memories the one's you don't seem to remember
 However, on land,     meager men  of might remain      (to the most of my mere knowledge) who, after boldly battling     brawling beasts and daring dangerous deeds,     would be doubly daring when
It's easier to be lost then found. I've been alone for so long, I forget how to interact with others, I feel wrong. With all my attempts i wonder if I'll ever stop trying to be seen.
Fortitude. It is a word I have grown accustomed to. Fortitude. Next to it, my God given name is found. Strength is embedded in my shoulders proudly supporting this determined head of mine
I am but a shadow of light.  I am darkness, but He is white.  He is my strength in the storm,  My courage when I am worn.  The shadow that is me  Haunts, creeps, and begs me to flee.
When a person looks at themself, all they see is the skin and all the basic features- eyes, ears, mouth, hair (or lack thereof). That's it. That's all.    And, that mentality in itself is a shame.
Growing up I was insecure and had a lot of fears, Coming from a city that was build on music and cars Eventually being deprived and ruined by the men in the city. To me its like i was the city, I was Detroit!
Beauty is never a careful color Its an angry amber, a vibrating violet Courage is never a planned step Its a shaky bridge, a broken ankle Truth is never a smile and a wink Its a broken dream, a sober triumph
Courage is one thing that no one can ever take away from you. 
No matter what I write Behind the screen of doubts A mental prison of night Obscured by the formidable shouts
Somewhere on the highest mountain
I am a voice for t
Where does courage go when we don't use it for too long? It flutters off, It drains out of my being. Everyday I don't touch it, it pulls back. It feels the same way I feel: Alone. Never gone,
i am.... within myself.
Voice your opinion be heard Your silence is death But its only killing you Born with a purpose Have nothing to lose Only to gain Respect at the end Not from the contribution itself
For every bated breath you took,For every shudder that you made,For every time you felt that pain.
A baby, not even a moment oldIts story is unwritten, clean, untoldGrows into a child, encouraged to fulfill his dreamsJust be sure to fit within society’s scheme
What is greatness?Is it love?
Dear boy with the alluring smile, Thank you for taking away my trust once again:  
You get judged every day  People dont know your pain What you gain people suck away Selfconfidence starts to drain  It is hard to make it through the day I cant believe my eyes
Birth, Lunacy, Death
My Love, did you know? The sound of your voice was and is sweet and so sincere. The taste of your lips was and is sentimentally divine. Your touch gave me astonishing goose-bumps.
And I wrote these thoughts down in my head Where they would never be spoken of again Until the findings of a fragile mind erupt in time And space, gathering the courage to be
Ordinary. Is what we are without all the excess Is what the world looks like day to day
She told me "you will not be much of anything, People just look right through your frail bones You will never make much of a difference because You will end up very cold naked afraid alone
Every day, millions of us take a deep breath before stepping out that front door. We take a deep breath before walking up to our friends, talkign to new people, putting on that smile.
For the misfourtuane Of the fortunate Is that they live Within their shell of a life And the foutuane Of the misfourtunate Is that they live Like it will be The last day Of their life
It rides on the back of many 
  Leigh Duncalf February 15th, 2015 Power Poetry Slam Scholarship What I Carry   I carry the crushing weight of Responsibility.
We met in the summer of eighth grade you didn’t knock on my door for a civilized visit you slammed into me like a high-speed train on adderall made me forget to breathe &  forget to want to breathe
Waking up every morning, I take a look in the mirror in my room.   She stares back at me, that girl on the glass. Her eyes have much to say, yet they remain ever so gloom. Is she waiting…hoping for a chance?  
Flaws and all I will continue to stand tall, because after all... I am beautifully flawed.  When I look into the mirror , I see smooth brown skin , sharp eyes, a button nose 
It is never easy but its what I am BRAVE i get dirty, but feel no shame i get hurt, but I get back on on a bull i bull I ride one girl one beast hearts race, crowds cheer
In a male dominated society It is hard to be a woman You have to do things quietly Only to be proven a fool, Trying to act politely Thinkin it makes you look cool
Me.
Me I am different. I know I am different. I think differently. But how am I different?
Your time will come, little soldier when you'll proudly walk the streets,
From day to day we fight to see the beauty behind thee, these cuts we cover dust to find the strength within the idea of we, anger leads to failure to go where we strive to be, denial of hope in the beauty we do not see,
When I stood in front of the crowd, I wanted to run, but my voice wavered, my hands shook.   When I stood in front of the crowd, I wanted to cry like I did when I was child,
Those were the days that I hated being me
You're 6 years old, hand out the window as the car is moving fast, you feel strong. But, that innocent feeling won't last very long. Just now 13, looking in the mirrir, at every flaw you can see.
As we walk on this world Full of anger and hate Nos vemos nosotros getting dirty of it De lejos venimos to look for a dream Un sueño, that makes us forget what really exists
I am a Fertile Woman No I am Free Smart Small and big A giant in the mind A penny in person I am an athlete of the brains race
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I am not like the others. I am not just another soul.  I have a heart just like the rest, but it's beat is all its own.  Social media and concern for self-image has created an insane craze,
Look at me, What do you see? A girl, definitely no size three.   Speak to me, What do you hear? A christian girl that's got no fear.   Yell at me, What do I say?
It’s a Monday morning, and I am fed up. My teacher babbles on and on in his nasally, monotone voice, versing the same damn elementary rhetoric I have heard all my life. He presents Grade Point Average
  Faith is never an easy entity to face. What does it look like? Does it have two eyes? No eyes at all?   Faith is walking when everyone tells you there’s no ground.
Roses are red, violets are blue,  
It's cold out, and the weather's frigid.  I frown throughout the dreary day.
Father sent to jail locked behind bars in a cell hit moms up said she had to pay bail On a false battery charge police up in the yard and my pops was pissed
Afraid to ask for counselAfraid of what they'll sayAfraid of being torn againAfraid of being away Steady is not my emotionsSteady is not my heartSteady like the wind which isSteady not from the start
Has anyone ever looked in the mirror and said:             “I feel courageous today” Chances are you haven’t, but that’s totally okay Now is when I challenge you to do just that
There are days when I look up at the moon and think of you.
She lives in a world of chaos, but she always finds a reason to keep on going.
Some words will never be heard, but it doesn’t mean that they will go unsaid.   It is in the speaking of the word, not the hearing, that the word comes alive.  
written April 2008  
Do not be confused, who I am is what you see. But perhaps what's more confusing, is it really me? Everyone wears a mask. Some people, on their faces to hide their identity, but most on their hearts, hiding what they truly feel.
I want to do ballet. NO. You’re not flexible enough. I want to do beauty pageants.  NO. You’re not near attractive. Ok.   I’ve made six A’s and one B this quarter.
I dream of a beautiful woman I gave birth to years ago.
An experimental poem…   I asked professor for the color of blue Professor told me of the color of you Blue. Bruises on your tongue from speaking of the truth
Everyday when I wake up I think about the choices I will make ahead. By turning on my light will I make someone else uncomfortable. I work a job that could have belonged to someone else.
Walking down this road I called home Thinking of all my dreams that seem so far to reach My mind and heart whispers courage but reality seems to crush my dreams
There once was a Boy,
As the stars glowed in the night sky, All she wanted to do was fly, But something was holding her back,
Creativity causes people to think for themselves Which instills fear in his eyes,
Emotion. The one true feeling that seperates us from them.
Modern Society
Tears drip from a dark, weary cloud Soaking the world in a wet darkness Dampening the spirits of the grass and the trees So even the sun has it’s head bowed. As the water falls below It depresses the people
Often times my father will say,"whats with this generation today?"And I'll stop and think about what we've donethat is so goddamned bad Obviously the foriegn warscorruption in the state
"Speak Your mind."
Poetic essay   Before I write a poem, I think. Every day, A child is born from imagination. Every night, A child is put to sleep inside inspiration.
Chemistry makes my brain cells popNot knowing is what makes me rock.Like a stone that will grow no mossI must push to let others know my thoughts 
Tell me do you think I am blind?To the continuous jabs from mankind?Or maybe you would like to just keep me behindIn step with those composed and confinedIn a world where equality is so restricted and unkind.
    This is for you: mom, dad, sister, brother, cousin, friend, Teacher with a grimace: “Never, she never pays attention in my class.” “We’re sorry we’ve taken her to see a specialist” Why?
Who am I? Look, I know who I’m not I’m not some hot shot, not a cheerleader, not one of those students that acts like a teacher, not a nerd, I think all these cliques are absurd Where do I fit in?
My Mind is of the Forest, wide and everlasting, Yet subtle in its dominance; its same frailty— At Wind’s command the Trees do bow
Society is a mess We have boys turning into men In a society that says It's alright to be disrespectful It's alright to be sexist It's alright to be rude to women They're told we don't deserve respect
  Just because I'm shy 
It's hard to confess I haven't forgiven or forgotten
When I was eight, I tried to hand my crush a cookie he stared at it and said, "do blacks make their cookies different?" I stared at his bright freckled hand and fire glazed hair
Hiding in fear from the hate of pure dissatisfaction.
Let the mind take over the body. Allow fresh air to come rushing to your lungs.
A group of girls rule the school They always create gossip and fear They always seem to be very cruel
Every time he leaves she blames herself So she thinks she has to change herself Some fundamental part of her identity. She may change her wardrobe or get a new piercing
"Nadia, here is some cash for you to go back to school with...I love you, do great... make me proud, you can do whatever you want in life". "Hey Nad, I love you, happy birthday".
Courage. It takes courage to take the first step. It takes courage to imagine yourself doing something daring. It takes courage to speak words you don't want to. It takes courage to express your inner thoughts.
Believe in yourself s you can Evolve and Laugh at the things that use t caue you pain so you can Inspire other do the same and Engage awih them to be Vivid and detrmined cause it'll than
Left and right I see a place to fall, holding tight I suffer through it all. God grant me courage, God grant me wisdom. To break this world's mighty wall, I'll come running when you call.
Close eyes, see your dreams Close mind, feel our beams Hover night, why it is so long One shake, one shiver The night, will be cold Inisght, none will be seen Tickle Tickle Tickle
It’s not a no, it’s not a yes, it’s a maybe. I’m not mad at you for giving me that answer. I understand, you are the teacher assistant, and I am only a student. Next semester you said.
A woman who is merely beautiful is boring A woman who is beautiful, intelligent, courageous and powerful is more along my cup of tea. I am excited whenever I see her. I am influenced with her every speech.
Life allows choices.. You can be productive and impactful. You can do nothing and be ignored. The choice is yours alone. Impact. Are you ready? Take the step, find the courage, welcome the challenge...
When I was eighteen, I had my first anxiety attack. Alone. In my room. 11 PM Crying, gasping, my heart felt like it was going to die.
I wish someone had told me when I was thirteen “Don’t forget how to make these explosions, you’ll miss them later” “Don’t let people ignore you because you’re young”
  Stand With Me             Through the night             Don’t give fright             Hold my hand             Feel the sand  
If I could gain the courage, I’d learn how to change myself. Not because I think there’s something wrong with me, but because I know that I can become better.
She lays in the branches of her tree, staring at the stars
It would be so easy to slide under that boundary line. I would be so happy if I could ever, make you mine.   When we touched we could hesitate to move. When we hugged
An open crevice, like A monster's gaping maw Waiting, beckoning To swallow me whole.
Sometimes I can't breathe When you're walking next to me. Sometimes you just have to take a chance and just say 'Hello'.   You smile at me and I smile back,
  One day I sat wilted On the edge of the drying pond   Reed stalks cracked under summer’s heavy Breath   Burnt earth quivered With reflected heat   Blue sky wavered
Make your words count. That’s what they tell us day in and day out. Somehow, I think I’ve taken this a little too far. I overthink what I want to say to the point where The time for saying it has passed.
How do you?   How do you wake up every morning? How do you get ready for another day like yesterday?
Sapphire horizan along the dark green trees Diamonds in the sky above the world, above me The music of night, the rustle of leaves A chill in the air a bite in the breeze  
The taste of blood on her lips, She opens them. It drips, On the floor, She lays,
The taste of blood on her lips, She opens them. It drips, On the floor, She lays, A dark pool in the midst of a glittering forest, She wipes away the red metal. Eyes open. Searching.
Conclusion! Nothing in this universe Is more important than me.  If I do not do What I have to do for myself Then how will I change my world Forgive me If it was love that you wanted or needed 
Loneliness is such a bitter-sweet word Who else to you know better than yourself? The more you're alone, the more you know About what makes you tick.   Yet, what if there's things best unknown?
I am Broken
Has anybody found courage? You do this everyday and just don’t know the definition It is easier than addition or even school tuition It ‘s so easy a cave man can do it, funny right?
I look up to find a moment of truth so real and divine
We all walk down the halls Some in groups some not at all Traces of nervousness cover the walls There are failures, and the winners come out tall Because life has no second chance usually not at all.
In the path of a deep dark forest, Fear lost herself, The twists and turns, Were as unfamiliar, As the hills of the terrain, On the tip of her tongue, His name hung,
It takes 10 seconds: 4 seconds of thought, 2 seconds to breathe,  4 seconds of courage. 10 seconds is all you need to face your biggest fear, to stand up for yourself, to change the world.
I used to look down a lot My head full of melancholic thoughts And myself  so weighed down I could not stand up.   In fact I was falling, deeper and deeper into a depression
The ship sat anchored to the shore The captain, skipper, and crew working at her core Sails being raised and decks being scrubbed
Hello there, I just wanted to say Be confident, stand up for yourself today.   Don't let them bully you. Don't let their words bog you down. Just like that one saying: Turn that smile upside down.
Love is courage. The will to take risk, The urge to please, The adventure of not knowing.   Love is war.
Dear God, give me guidance Please just take this walk with me For I've lost sight of you, and the Devil is all I see. Lord, I'd rather be blind Than witness nothing other than lies.
After everything we've been through Everything we've seen Our cries, battles, and wars Our wins and our losses This can't be the end, it can't be over. The darkness consumed us and tore us apart
The Maiden danced gracefully Thousands of dimly lit lights Twinkling above her head The spot lightn her She dance an dances Trees wave with silent cheers As she dances by
On a cold Monday night of 95, came into the world a 7-pound baby with blue eyes, pee-wee hands and feet. Joy and happiness spread across the audience’s faces. Ma and Pa were excited to have their first precious new-born home.
I will speak of truth, Diminishing the amount of lies that continue to consume our world. I will forgive and forget, Understanding that my own mistakes are equally corruptive. I will never give up,
I am a head, strong in mind.  With a soul before my time.  I am becoming more in line,  With myself.    For so long I have been angry.  Trying to find a way out. 
I’d like to imagineI can still feel the sting of the day she let go;clipped my wings with a word and said, Fly. I’d like to imagineI can wax lyrical and triumphant one more night;
Walking through the streets I wonder what comes nextI've been following this road for far too longpassing by hurting people as if they were enemies or strangerswhen they'd never done me any harm
I'm not a writer, I just think a lot.  In a world so crossed and diverse ideas arise and many a times people get lost.  How can we find our way back?
A new day has dawned for the lonesome  the brightness illuminates our eyes The deafening sound of love can always open your eyes  My eyebrows raise in contemption  as the world beckons at my feet
When I tell people I write poetry, They laugh at me.. Tell me that i'm gay, Even though i'm straight They try to smash my confidence like a soda can,
there will come a time when all is lostwhen there is nothing left worth the risk because you will lose anywayswhen you are so outnumberedwhen you feel you will die & no one will know and no one will care
I struggled against my restraints I was forced here, into a cage I wasn't meant to be locked away I have things to do, Places to see, People to meet  
My mind summarizes my life. It was created only for me. It recognizes what I'm made of, my potential, and will for eternity.
When you are scared, feeling small When darkness falls, sinking you deeper into the ocean You feel weary and frightened You feel the waves take you down You look for a coastguard Something for protection
Courage is something that comes from the heart. It brings us hope and dreams, but others want to take it away. They want us to feel regret and sorrow, but we must stay strong. Courage is something that drives us to dream.
I'm in recovery you see so I try to be as positive as I can be, but sometimes it gets hard like my progress is lard. I take the meds everyday but sometimes I want to say: "I can't do this anymore!
Do not let them cage you. You are strong and smart and beautiful. Cages are for animals. You are not an animal. Do not let them put you in a box. You are loving and brave
I looked up at the sky This is what I see Everyone is staring at me I gave it a shrug Just like a bug Running in such a large place With so much space My leg only being one I was only 7
Standing on the balcony square, I watched the August moon, Its gleaming light so fair, And I knew I would be leaving             Soon…soon.
i am void i am powerless not special completely worthless i am forgotten or i will be soon i expect to be depressed but this is not doom i open my mouth in a new light
CourageIs courage just the ability to dosomething that frightens one? Or is it something more than that? It could just only be when you get the
It is common knowledge that Princesses are associated with towers,  Waiting, sighing, crying, whining, pining away for men with flowers,  And shining knights to come and fight the awful dragons of their past, 
Courage is what makes us Courage is what inspires us Courage is what drives us Courage is what aspires in overcoming fear   Courage creates news Courage advocates for a cause and never falls for anything Courage creates respect Courage never bring
For warmth once more Swim to the core For heart and soul Sit under Siberian Ice
I looked in the mirror todayand saw all my thoughtsthey were irrational somewhatpainful, negative and suppressed
Our clock is tickingAs our last years are coming to an endA time when we leave our childhood years,When we leave all our old friends.The old tree diesAnd the new roots beginAs we part our separate ways
War
I dodge, run for cover As my fellow soldiers fall around me I escape only by the hair on my scalp Bullets swiftly streak past me Hunting, pleading for a target Bombs explode, the ground erodes
I do not only write for me, I write for others. Some people might be going through the same situation I am in. I write to heal, empower, and encourage. And I know if my writing does that for me, then I know it is doing that for someone else.  
  I approach poetry as a teenager approaching the first date, as a 12th grader approaching the SATs, as a spelling bee-er approaching a word she's never known
Be courageous. A single moment can Free and ignite a lifetime. Doors can be blown wide from Rash, unadulterated bravery. A mere minute can birth A new universe of opportunity.
Let go of the ledge;Don’t be afraid,Let go of your fear:There is freedom in fallingas your heart stops beating and flutters instead.Once you let go, you’ll enter the darkness,
Affixed on the sight of my final destinationMy eyes do not wander to the path beneath my feet.Though time has seemed to stopI travel silently onward,Forever aware of the coarse sand wearing away
Dear Son,   Recognize your power, strength, and courage.   You have the drive and the power to achieve great things. And then there is power ascribed to you.
She sits there, out in front of us, a fearful look scrawled across her face. Her voice , that at first, seems as though it’ll crack; nervous, uncertain, and afraid.
A life fully lived exisists inside of the soul that is not afraid to die.
  A single drop of water Soon became a stream I closed my eyes to stop the flow Was harder than it seemed   The stream kept going on its way Continuous it flowed
Naturally I wear my hair jet blac with no perm,Naturally I speak my mind if I see it fit,Naturally I am artistic,Naturally in nature I am me.
I cannot stand it any longer Should I fight and Should I die Would I feel at peace or cry? O' wonderful person before me I can't help but feel as if you tease me
Courage is the roar of a lion cub, Meek but never failing to persevere, Nestled deep within the hearts of man, And always posed for triumph.
Voices of my friends I hear it. Voices of my own I fear it. I'm living my life on an unbalanced ladder hoping that I will be a somebody. A tongue is sharp and can kill,
Sadness drowning me into the depths of the ocean as the sun glistens above me. The white clouds peacefully floating in the air while the Blue Jays dance with them. Now I grasp pain and misery. If I could learn to fly I would never return here.
Early morning, sun is just beginning to rise No sleep the night before I can barely open my eyes. I’m nervous and at the same time relieved I’ll finally be rid of thee. You’ve been a hassle, you’ve been a pain
There is a stranger looking at her in the mirror. She stares back, dark, wet hair. Her face- a mask of nothingness- but her eyes, filled with the deepest, contained sadness. Face, red and stained black with mascara.
The caregiver sighs Although burdened with the stress She holds her head high
In the sixth grade my eyes were opened. Poetry became a powerful and wonderful form of expression. It seemed to ooze out my brain like warm, chocolate syrup. I matured through broadening
  There’s a sinister beauty about this place Chaos lives in the cracks of the mirrors It is here where my soul meets its fate And my savior is found in my fears              
Life aint nothing but a little passing thing I move, learn, and talk yet Nothing seems to change Stuck in a cycle of never ending motions Words and actions are nothing but a poisonous potion
Rowing, dipping the oars into diction Words I refrain from dripping Onto anything but paper— In case of them sinking.
Unable to move, Unable to breathe, I’m afraid for my life Yet, I don’t want to leave. In front of me It sits and stares. Daring me to face it I’ll take the dare.
Never get lost in the maze of making others happy, you may lose your own happiness in the process. No need to look, search, or wander, simply glance in the mirror, and look within yourself.
She’s broken. Broken into so many pieces from everything she has ever been through. Her heart cries out for a helping hand, but the tears just continue to flow like a waterfall. She’s terrified.
I see the Eleanor Rigbys and Gilbert Grapes everywhere I go, The people who forgot long ago to See beauty in people laughing, sunflowers shooting up Out of the ground. There are people who have never heard a canary
She sits on the bank, gazing out Across a vast expanse of glittering silver That sparkles under golden sunlight, And blinds when she Stares.
Little thistle, a prickly pear, how I never saw you there. A little hair with a little vine, unbeknownst this could soon be mine
I met a boy when I was only sixteen,
To be what I want to be is hard. To be what they want me to be is harder. To follow behind others and never be myself, thats somthing I have done for years. But I refuse to do that anymore.
There was a man. Who lived in a home on top a hill He lived alone He watched the birds come by his house He watched kids playing outside his home He wondered what it was like, to chase after that ball
[A series of Haiku about my apprehensions, goals, ambitions, and determination to return to college] Clouds above loom dark Shattered by the wind and light A revelation
I can’t really tell you much about my heritage. For I do not know anything about it. I can’t say that my ancestors were slaves. For then I would be telling a lie.
Courage is a free creature, who soars among the clouds. Its feathers are lined with hope. Courage is powerful, talons sharp and firm. Courage is fragile, so easily shot from the sky. Courage is fast, easy to lose.
As she looked down at the scars of massacres on her wrist The tears teased the back of her throat; Taunting Laughing Tempting Pleading The monsters inside were screaming to be set free
A man's courage is a product of a man's desire. A man's strength is synonymous with long lasting fire. To live and to love makes man want to inspire. Because to live and to love makes a man soar even higher.
I watch anguish drag it’s grubby body to my toes, I am decidedly defenseless, and only my eyes grow wide As the gates in my chest close Crushing my heart and lungs in heavy encasement.
What makes us a warrior? Is it the natural talent god has given us, or maybe us having a good teacher? NO, IT IS COURAGE! COURAGE to face our enemies, COURAGE to keep on going forward even though everyone says you can't do it!
Courage brings light Hope when all you see is darkness It makes your life bright With strength to destroy your weakness Courage is not something easily found You’ve got to search down deep
She saw the fall coming, Their inexorable end, Stupidly standing there On the edge of the blade Hanging over her head.
Strength is being weak, but continuing to walk. It’s carrying on when everyone says you don’t have to. It’s stepping up to the plate, standing up to the man, and buckling down when times get rough.
Unbroken silence Quiet is all around me My eyes search for sound Seeing is hearing Even what is not spoken Eyes hear everything Life with no hearing Silence is normal for me My life is not loud
A single flicker, A single sign of hope, The dim light, It’s blinding his eyes. As he scratches at the bricks, Tries to tear them apart, Till his fingers are left raw, And the bricks remain unaltered.
Your shrieking alarm clock, breaking into heaving slumber, demands of you a choice: do you close your tired eyes against daylight’s insistent calling, burrowing into soft sheets, and return
The river washes everything away All the evidence The remembrance Of things that happened in the past It doesn't worry about the mass Amount of people That it erases
Suffocating in darkness As a diseased light paved my way I attempted to scale the barriers That separated me from the outside where life thrived
Fear is a universal language Anyone around the world can speak it But what I'm talking about are cowards People who will never reach the summit
Courage is being brave when you have cancer. Outstanding faith to get you through this hard time. Undergoing medical tests for the prognosis. Researching the bucket list of what you have yet to do.
The butterfly is in search of a safe place, In which she can lay her small fragile egg. She finally finds that perfect place, but Realizes she can’t just stay and flies away.
For a girl from a small town She wanted a lot from a big world. Tears and sorrow filled too much space, She had to do something, it had to be erased.
Mama never said the word "fear." She spoke around it like a bonfire, regaling me with sweet-nothings. But I know how to be afraid. It is instinct like a lioness on the hunt. I, the unlucky soul, am captured;
‘Tis sweet thither sun, atop th’ wavèd sea. Lone candle in darkness, from whence it hath risen.
Courage is a tricky beast. Quick and stealthy. Hides when you need it most. Wild and untamed. It will not come when called upon. It must be chased through the woods. Once found, tackle it to the ground,
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