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The scholars have talked
Of discarding their minds
The soldiers are getting tipsy
And falling out of line
And don’t you dare hope
Because hope is a crime
Just put on the kettle
And evaporate time

The wind-up bird is not bird
Till it’s dreamt of open sky
A prophet’s not a martyr
Till he’s murdered by a lie
As God’s retelling history
On the surface of His eye
You’ll have to wait in the waiting room
And wait to live or die

The very hand which wrote the law
That men are born of dust
Has pinned us to our bodies
To sanctify the trust
But half a man is hollowness
And the other half is lust
In the balance is existence
The kind that’s kind of just

In the heavy heart of darkness
Every child is left alone
Until the sunrise reaches to their eyes
And the light of life is shown
The autumn farmer is harvesting
To eat of what he’s grown
And Michelangelo is chiseling
To free an angel from the stone

Though the doctrines be forgotten
Though the holy books are moldering
Hope still dreams of flying
And freedom is still smoldering
The stars are singing dirges
And fading into the void
The midnight moon is mourning
The Sun is overjoyed

So you who sit in prisons
And wrestle for your own
May half the truth be hidden
And the other half be known
As your spirit yearns for fresher air
As your body turns to bone
Scratch at the walls till you see the stars
Or the angels in the stone




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savetheplanet said...
Oct. 3, 2011 at 7:30 pm:
You always have good imagery Raven, I loved the part about setting the angel free.  I could see it in my mind's eye. :D
 
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Oct. 13, 2011 at 9:39 pm :

Yes, I went 1960's. My friend Z. told me to, for Hairspray(it's the musical we're doing), I agreed,. Doctor Zhivago next time. 

Yes, we have flashback Thursday, we also have Movie Monday. Twin Tuesday, Wacky Thursday, Sprit Friday, it's all part of Spirit week. 

ONly about 20% school body do it except twin day then everyone does it. 

 
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Oct. 13, 2011 at 9:43 pm :

Movie Monday I was Marie Antoinette(because that's who I was playing in Honors History for our French revolution excerise) 

Twin Tuesday, I was a triplet with my best friend T. and her friend O. from homeroom and Arabic class. 

Wacky Wednesday, dressed up like a clown. :)

Spirit day, just wore school colors, black, silver and white. 

We do it three times a year. Next time is the end of the semester. Can't wait! :)

 
savetheplanet replied...
Oct. 13, 2011 at 9:51 pm :
GASP. D:  No fair... I wish we could do that.  I would be in Victorian dress if I could.
 
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Oct. 13, 2011 at 9:52 pm :

I would do that too! :)

I found this cool lacy dress that looks like it's from that era at Forever 21 today but my mom wouldn't buy it for me, she says I have too many dresses. 

 
savetheplanet replied...
Oct. 13, 2011 at 10:05 pm :
LOL, I love that era, it's so romantic... <3
 
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Vespa said...
Oct. 3, 2011 at 6:42 pm:
I loved it, especially the line "And freedom is still smoldering." Then again, I'm a gigantic fan of imagery so I'm fairly easy to please :) Some of the lines are a bit awkward, though, such as "You'll have to wait in the waiting room / And wait to live or die." Three uses of 'wait' in one sentence is a bit overkill. So it requires some polishing, but overall it's quite good.
 
Thesilentraven This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Oct. 4, 2011 at 8:57 am :

Ha, I'm an awkward person all around, so some of that is always channeled into my poetry. That line, I think, was not a careless error, but a horrid misuse of poetic repetition. I'm glad you pointed it out, though, as I can do my best to learn from it.

Many thanks for your constructive criticism.

 
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Oct. 3, 2011 at 12:26 pm:
Thuggin. Straight thuggin.
 
Thesilentraven This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Oct. 4, 2011 at 8:48 am :
Thank you, you mysterious and concise individual.
 
. replied...
Oct. 4, 2011 at 10:09 am :
Yeah...ever that
 
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