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The Ultimate Sacrifice

I think part of me has always known
A bit of sacrifice
All along,
A tiny bit given here, another there, pieces of myself
Scattered throughout this life,
To different people for different reasons,
And that takes a measure of trust.
But not too much,
Or else what did you risk, what did you sacrifice,
At all,
If you knew perfectly the result?
Sometimes there is no guarantee that what we believe in
Will save us,
There are things we would die for
That would let us die,
But we did not give ourselves to martyrdom selfishly,
We did it for reasons
Beyond self-gratification and security.
Life on the edge
Is living for something you would taste death for
When those who persecute you
Finally decide that they’ve had it with your strange ways,
That unassumingly mock their own ideals.
And we die not only for an idea
But those who are too scared, yet, to fight on their own
And we do it for those
Who harm us,
That they might see true courage, and they might see
What we’re fighting for
And why,
Because it starts with sacrifice and it ends
With new life.



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KrasotaThis 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...
Jul. 22 at 8:53 pm:
I love how you took Christianity and basically answered the question, "Why die for Christianity? Why suffer for one's religion?" I think this is just beautiful! I was already in support of all your written work, but hey, this just reeled me in further. XD
 
AthenaMarisaDeterminedbyFateThis 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...
today at 7:45 pm :
You have really gotten to the heart of religion and described it in a way that I never really thought about it before... great job for making me think; I love it when people make me think with their poetry :) and how sacrifice isn't about being known for what you did but for why you did it. Thanks for writing this!
 
Jade.I.AmThis 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. replied...
today at 10:50 pm :
No problem! I'm glad people appreciate it :)
 
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