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Picking up a pen and putting down
the sword
Causes more harm than ever before
Letting out the feelings society told me
were wrong
Stepping up from the shadows, with the message I am strong
You pointed out my flaws as if I couldn't
already see them
Turning myself into my worst enemy
But now I'm facing those stares and
whispers that used to cripple me
From these bonds of hatred I can and
will break free
No one can stop me now, I am no slave to man and their thoughts of right and wrong
Who are you to say I don't belong?
The definition of beauty is nonexistent
A sense of belonging seems so distant
They put strict limitations on who we are
expected to be
If you dare to be different, you'll be
criticized, I guarantee
They will make you feel small, worthless, and insignificant
But in reality you are simply magnificent
Being yourself shouldn't come with a cost
to pay
People talk about change that fails to
happen every day
Nobody can ever know the torture of hate
Or the emotional scars it creates

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1libbylulu said...
today at 2:50 pm:
this is so well explained
 
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KenzicoThis 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. 26, 2013 at 8:45 am:
This is amazing, thats all i have to say. i could pick it apart, but its awesome from the start. could you check out some  of my stuff?
 
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Quartermaster This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 2, 2013 at 6:10 pm:
I liked your use of irony (picking up a pen and putting down the sword causes more harm than ever before) to catch the reader's attention. I like the isolation of short phrases like "will break free." They force the reader to take in what your saying phrase by phrase, and in turn think about each phrase more. Also I agree that we should "dare to be different". However one should also admit that he/she is indeed his own worst enemy, and take a stand not only against the ... (more »)
 
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NoahJ. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 5, 2013 at 12:37 pm:
Absolutley Amzing!
 
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Meghan13133 said...
Jun. 4, 2013 at 6:27 pm:
This is a beautiful poem, I love it. Great job!
 
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amberrenay said...
May 20, 2013 at 9:29 am:
This is a wonderful piece of writing, its so true! This ties great with my life, i just think you are an amazing writer!
 
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JNajeraO1205 said...
Mar. 29, 2013 at 3:36 pm:
Really cool. Nice job on it. I could read it over and over again.
 
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Brandon M. This 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...
Mar. 27, 2013 at 9:57 pm:
One of thosepoems that would be awesome as a song too. Very nicely done.
 
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Diana P. said...
Mar. 26, 2013 at 10:13 pm:
I love the strong use of words and the message. It's something like i would write. I can so relate!
 
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La'Toya12 said...
Mar. 25, 2013 at 1:08 pm:
Nice
 
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LeighFreyre said...
Mar. 23, 2013 at 11:05 pm:
Hey, thought that it was really good, jst one constructive thing that I thought of when reading that i think would make it fabulous. Right now you are ending all of the lines on the rhyme, but i think that it would be interesting to have each full phrase as a line and embed the rhyme within the line. This is really precious, tho, I love ur sentence structure! Fab work!
 
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pulledheartstring said...
Mar. 15, 2013 at 1:10 am:
I really like the language in this poem. Thanks for sharing. :)
 
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HeavenCooley said...
Mar. 14, 2013 at 10:12 am:
This was great. I loved it, keep up the good work.
 
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thegreatmorry said...
Mar. 7, 2013 at 6:52 pm:
awesome:) this was quite the poem
 
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JRayeThis 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...
Mar. 6, 2013 at 3:07 pm:
Beautiful! This is so good, keep writting!
 
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foreverSmall said...
Mar. 5, 2013 at 7:00 pm:
Your poem AWOKE me. I am so glad you wrote this. You are a very talented writer. I think everyone should read this! I am so glad I heard you because your words are strong, beautiful, and utterly true
 
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MadLibs said...
Mar. 5, 2013 at 7:33 am:
I love how this is relatable and passionate in a subtle way. Great piece.
 
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lexi-94-95 said...
Mar. 3, 2013 at 6:34 pm:
girl this is a gift go far with this...its amazing....definatly worth your wild....i loved it
 
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GlittaDreamz said...
Mar. 2, 2013 at 4:42 pm:
You can almost make this a rap!
 
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thatunknownthingThis 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. said...
Mar. 2, 2013 at 6:18 am:
loved this. beautifully written.  
 
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