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Speak Your Mind This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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   Why do you believe

What you believe

Are you really free to speak

Writing threats to those you seek

Do you really have the right?

To publish and proclaim the power of white

Who put these thoughts into your head?

Mom? Dad? Or the Demons under your bed?

Are you really as free as you thought?

Or are you afraid of being caught?

Can you speak your malicious rearing?

And not care just who is hearing.

Is your speech really free?

Or struggling through conformity?

Will someone try and bring you down?

Because you are not the puppeteer's clown

If you don't follow the rules just right,

For your beliefs will you stand and fight?

Do you believe enough to die?

Or are you spreading someone else's lie?




This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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