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Should a Heart Make Exceptions?

My heart aches quite often,
For those people who must suffer through excruciating pain,
For those whose stomachs twist around their hollow shell,
For those who lie frozen and forgotten,
As it should,
Because humans don’t deserve to be treated that way,
And yet, people often don’t seem to feel as large an effect,
When children burn ants and laugh,
When broken cats limp out of garbage cans with empty stomachs,
When innocent dogs are kicked and stricken for minor offenses,
What makes us superior?
All forms of torture are wrong,
We all are equal,
Blacks and whites,
Dandelions and roses,
Even cats and humans,
Or at least,
That’s the way it should be,
If we can stop people from running in aimless circles,
Trying to prove humans are “the best”
That we are “superior”,
Then maybe we can stop the abuse,
Then maybe we can honestly stand up and say,
With our hands on our hearts,
“With Liberty and Justice for All”
No exceptions.



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TheMusicalFaeryThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 10, 2010 at 5:24 pm:
Fabulous subject, and I completely agree with you. NOBODY, be it animal or person, should be mistreated!
 
xovanillatwilightxo This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Oct. 10, 2010 at 7:45 pm :
Thank you! All creatures should have rights especiallly when it comes to mistreatment..I'm glad you agree!=]
 
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MelanieLouise This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 19, 2010 at 1:51 pm:

we all think about it and i'm glad you put it into words. Keep writing

Always, Mel

 
xovanillatwilightxo This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jul. 19, 2010 at 4:47 pm :
thank you! I'm glad so many people feel the same way :]
 
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ShernayB. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 19, 2010 at 2:47 am:

I love it.

Are you an animal lover?


 
xovanillatwilightxo replied...
Jul. 19, 2010 at 12:19 pm :
thanks so muchh! And yess I love animals alot =]
 
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ShenelleCrystalx3 said...
Jul. 8, 2010 at 8:43 pm:
THIS IS SOOOO TRUE ! I like this peice , its great :) please check out my work
 
xovanillatwilightxo This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jul. 9, 2010 at 6:16 pm :
thanks :D I'll make sure to read your work, i bet it's wonderful!
 
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Ashley P. said...
Jul. 3, 2010 at 1:09 pm:
thanks :) !!!!!!!!
 
xovanillatwilightxo This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jul. 3, 2010 at 3:50 pm :
noprob!<3
 
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ChowD This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 2, 2010 at 12:41 am:
i love your logic!! i really wish this was getting published because it has a relate-able message. keep writing, good work on teenink so far!!
 
xovanillatwilightxo This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jul. 2, 2010 at 8:05 am :
thankyou! that really means alot :D congrats on getting your work in the magazine
 
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Ashley P. said...
Jul. 1, 2010 at 2:26 pm:
oh wow this is amizing rely macks you think i love it ! now how do i add to my fave ?
 
xovanillatwilightxo This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jul. 1, 2010 at 4:21 pm :
thanks so much! above the article there should be a little star that says tag as favorite next to it..woah im flattered!:)
 
Ashley P. replied...
Jul. 2, 2010 at 3:08 pm :
ya its rely good. hay i posted some thing yesterday see if you like it or not i coud use some edvice its called tight rope thanks
 
xovanillatwilightxo This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jul. 2, 2010 at 3:54 pm :
I would love to check it out! but it doesn't seem to be posted yet, it usually takes a few weeks for stuff to get approved but i will definetely rate and comment on your work once it's approved :)
 
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GangstaEyesThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 1, 2010 at 8:47 am:
I really like this!! Great stuff - it's really powerful and honest.
 
xovanillatwilightxo This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jul. 1, 2010 at 9:44 am :
thanks that means alot :)
 
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ShenelleCrystalx3 said...
Jun. 29, 2010 at 3:43 pm:
wow ! this is pretty good :) great work ! can you please come and check my work :)
 
xovanillatwilightxo This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jun. 29, 2010 at 4:42 pm :
thanks so much! i'll check it out i love reading work and getting new ideas:)
 
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