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We have a voice.
A voice to be heard,
A voice to be listened to,
A voice to be reckoned with.

We have a voice.
So don’t tell us to wait for your approval.
Don’t tell us to let the “adults handle it”.
Don’t put us down.
And don’t try to silence us,
Because we will be heard.

We have a voice,
Each and every one of us.
Each child and teenager,
Has a voice.

With that voice we have the power to unite,
To lead,
Or to follow,
As is our choice.
To change the world,
For better and for good.

Alone we are a voice,
A splash of color on a blank canvas.
Together we are a movement,
A picture painted in technicolor.

You have a voice.
Every child and teenager out there,
Hear my call.
You have a voice.
Don’t let it be silenced.
Dare to speak out and be heard.

You have a voice.
Use it.



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ConqueringFears said...
Jul. 24, 2011 at 8:29 pm:

To say that so many teens, children, are tired of it all - the neglect, the silence - is an understatement. Truth is, we are exhausted. Pained. And whether adults, 'oh so wise,' will listen, we must speak out. Scream, yell, thrash, cry, tell the world what you can! Adults, while many of them have wisdom and sense, so do we. And they underestimate us. No, we must get in their face and tell them: we are hear. Listen. I will be silenced no longer.

I bet whoever reads this will be i... (more »)

 
ConqueringFears replied...
Jul. 24, 2011 at 8:30 pm :
oops, comment posted a few times because I clicked too many times :D oh well! the more, the louder! ha ha
 
shadowriderThis 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. replied...
Jul. 24, 2011 at 8:36 pm :
Thanks! I'm glad that you agree with my thoughts on this subject!
 
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ohmakemeover This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 20, 2011 at 11:49 pm:
Wow, this was really powerful!  As a feminist, I could relate to the rebellious but firm message that we will not be silenced.  At least, that's my take on a poem that can be read in so many ways.
 
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BoosflashThis 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. 20, 2011 at 9:52 pm:
tresbon, a very positive message. do your dance.
 
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ElleNicole said...
Jul. 20, 2011 at 11:04 am:

I really enjoyed this. The first stanza kinda was what pulled me in! Good job!

Check out my poem 'Change'? Thanks if you do, I need more rates/comments!

 
shadowriderThis 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. replied...
Jul. 20, 2011 at 11:15 am :
Sure! Thanks for the feedback!
 
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Laura_Oliver said...
Jul. 19, 2011 at 1:31 pm:
This is so true, and I love the style. If you wanted to do more of a pattern though, I would make the stanzas generally the same length. But the way this is--really great! Five stars! (^_^)
 
shadowriderThis 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. replied...
Jul. 19, 2011 at 1:34 pm :
Thank you so much for the feed back!
 
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Medina D. said...
Jul. 18, 2011 at 11:09 am:

This poem has a huge voice of its own, thats louder then any other poem I've ever read before. 

Its so impressive, and i love the lines 

"Alone we are a voice

A splash of color on a black canvas

Together we are a movement

A picture painted in technicolor"

 
shadowriderThis 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. replied...
Jul. 19, 2011 at 3:46 pm :
Thank you so much for the feedback all of it is appreciated!
 
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Garnet77 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 13, 2011 at 12:28 am:
This is like a poem style opinion article, and you've done a good job persuading me. :) Like ArgonElement said, the first stanza pulls your reader in immediately and holds their attention. I completely agree with you. 
 
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ArgonElement said...
Jul. 12, 2011 at 8:38 am:
We have a voice.
A voice to be heard,
A voice to be listened to,
A voice to be reckoned with.

The very first stanza just hooks your reader and pulls them in. It's like you are forced to read the rest! Amazing concept. And I agree, we really must use our voices.
 
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musicispassion said...
Jul. 10, 2011 at 1:13 pm:
i always use my voice and i get in trouble but i agree
 
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laaughter14 said...
Jul. 7, 2011 at 9:21 pm:
I really like this. its so strong.. and powerful. love it.
 
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writer_girl said...
Jul. 6, 2011 at 3:14 pm:
A very good poem :)
 
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IamtheshyStargirl said...
Jul. 6, 2011 at 11:05 am:
Amazing :) Thank you for writing this.
 
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Megan.J.B said...
Jul. 5, 2011 at 6:27 pm:
really really good, this is what I like because it shows people that poetry doesn't have to rhyme to be GOOD! I think a lot of people think that, but it's not true and this is a perfect example. :)
 
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chai123 said...
Jul. 5, 2011 at 6:24 pm:
THis is really amazing! Keep writing!
 
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Silent_Artist said...
Jul. 5, 2011 at 5:33 pm:
REALLY good. :)
 
Zinaidia replied...
Jul. 7, 2011 at 9:26 pm :
People can really relate to this, especially teenagers. Nice job connecting to the reader. You have some talent. 
 
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