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Give Them Your Senses

December 30, 2008
By Leslie Tran, Seattle, WA

Give Them Your Senses

I’ve seen it oh so many times.

The light into darkness,
the darkness into light.
From youngest of the young,
To the oldest of the old,

They’re dying.

Molding into a shape like no other,
Molding into things we use as weapons,
Bazooka. Machine Gun. Rifle.
Another… and another.
Gangrene gangs of gangs are fightin’,
Enumerating each move they make.
Every life they take.
[Grown and deceased] on 56th and Delridge,
Everybody blinder than moles.
Red stains covered an innocent,

In days of yore.
What’s happening, the world?
Its struggles in its obstacles to the
Battles of wounds
Blindness. Deaf. Mute.
What we are, a human race of
Hospitalities, abilities,
A myriad of facilities of
Disabilities but,
Capabilities we have, concealing it.
We’re blind. No, we can see.
We’re deaf. No, we can hear you.
We’re mute. Well, I can talk.
A million times over, what we can do to
A million times under of what we can’t.
We can’t, oh hatred.
Get over it!
Be a bit smarter, the non-starter.
Spotlight, in the eyes of the human,
On rags of the youngest of the young,
Canes of the oldest of the olds,
Dropping silvers and cents into,
Not fountains of already joy, glory, and green,
But into the palms of youth in cardboard boxes.
Open your eyes to the dark that needs light,
Open your eyes to those who’re not seen.
The voice of those who cannot speak.
The ears of those who will not listen.
We, a race of an ulterior motive to look,
Into, not killing.
But saving.
Innocent lives against those who are causing,
Save them.
Like MLK conversing of
Conversations over confrontations,
And capabilities over disabilities, of
Can’s over can’ts.

Oh how I’ve seen it,
The light into darkness,
The darkness into light.

We are here to do it.

The author's comments:
Martin Luther King Jr. inspired me to do this piece. His words for change for the good and for freedom reminded me all of what the world needs to pay attention to. Not money or fame, but for the youth; leaders of the future who are very good people but are in bad situations. Youth in boxes; poverty. Gangs; self-explanatory. I want to focus on how to be the change, how we all could contribute to something like world peace. World peace... sounds like something Miss America would say, but it worries me.

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on Aug. 30 2012 at 10:50 pm
Sparkles96 PLATINUM, Grants Pass, Oregon
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Favorite Quote:
There are two kinds of people in life: The ones you need to fight for, and the ones you should just let go.

I absolutely love the rythm of this poem. It's almost like rap. Have you ever considered performing slam poetry?

on Jan. 7 2011 at 7:18 am
_MissLaurel_ BRONZE, Moosic, Pennsylvania
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This is a powerful poem and you are completely right. Excellent word placement, excellent message.

~Miss Laurel

on Jan. 5 2011 at 10:30 am
LilStinka SILVER, Lynden, Washington
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Favorite Quote:
Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't. - Erica Jong
Tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers. - Shakespeare

wow! that was awesome! :D

on Nov. 9 2010 at 7:49 pm
WinterFairy PLATINUM, Chicago, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
"Don't dream it. Be it."
"Singing is praying twice, and dancing is singing with the body."
"Paper is more patient than man."
"Where you live shouldn't determine whether you live"

so true, rite? if only more ppl would read this...

on Sep. 26 2010 at 8:24 pm
LoveLikeEpic GOLD, Boise, Idaho
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Favorite Quote:
"You got enemies? Good, that means you actually stood up for something in you life"-Eminem
How can i go forward if i dont know which way im facing?-John Lennon


Nuff said.

on Aug. 1 2010 at 2:23 pm
bbygurl21 PLATINUM, Boston, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
sticks n stones my brick my bones but words cant

5 stars this is good

on Jun. 30 2010 at 6:55 pm
summerdreamer PLATINUM, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
" Love isn't about loving someone who's perfect, it's about loving someone perfectly."
- I dont know who came up with it, I just saw it somewhere on facebook hehe

wow, your amazing, its so powerfully put. I like how long it is, it shows you had alot of inspiration bottled up.

on May. 1 2009 at 2:05 am
Dean Hicks BRONZE, Austin, Texas
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Great poem. I liked how you used punctuation to make your work come to a climax. This is a message many people need to hear. Good job. Also, I would appreciate it if you check out my own poem, Palmer's Peak. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

on Apr. 16 2009 at 4:07 am
jennnnnnn BRONZE, Irvine, California
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so inspiring and super intriguing from the start.

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on Apr. 11 2009 at 5:36 am
Alexia SILVER, Shelton, Washington
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i really like this its so TRUE!

so real none of that fake.

your really talented.

on Apr. 2 2009 at 6:28 am
xXxFallingTearsxXx GOLD, Cottonwood, Idaho
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oh my gosh...that poem was awesome! i loved it!!! i wish i could write poetry like you can.

on Mar. 29 2009 at 2:26 am
xXTearsxOfxLunaXx BRONZE, Longmont, Colorado
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I don't even know what to say... I would really like to give you a hug right now for being such an amazing person.

lilly BRONZE said...
on Mar. 23 2009 at 5:05 pm
lilly BRONZE, Burleson, Texas
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like ur proem keep up the good work!!!!

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on Mar. 13 2009 at 8:32 pm
Mad13658 GOLD, Glen Rock, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"You've got to love what's lovable, and hate what's hateable. It takes brains to see the difference."
- Robert Frost

This poem was amazing i could feel all the emotions you expressed and isnt that the point of writing people seeing your opinion

on Mar. 8 2009 at 11:58 pm
GhoSTWRiiTA SILVER, Bronx, New York
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this poem was hot like i could imagin and understand everything ou wrote

on Mar. 2 2009 at 1:06 am
Leemor Nir SILVER, Great Neck, New York
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wow. that writing was incredible and inspiring and an amazing use of language. you bended the rules perfectly.

mickey123 said...
on Feb. 13 2009 at 3:46 pm
i agree wit this 100%. i started gettin tears in ma eyez so great job