No, You Cannot This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

November 6, 2008
It is a new nation,
a nation that proudly proclaims:
“Yes we can.”
But what power holds “yes we can,”
when America has told many of our
brothers and sisters
“no, you cannot”?
You cannot follow your heart.
You cannot move forward.
You cannot take a hand.
You cannot break the mold.
“Marriage is a holy bond
for a man and a woman
it is not yours to taint,” they say.
Where is the future?
Relentlessly we must
keep striving for a better day.
We must stop this hatred
and bring about change in the
wake of defeat.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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ToraToriTora This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 25, 2011 at 12:23 am
This is a really touching poem, and I love how you are really putting your opinions into art like this. Though I am straight, I have a bunch of gay friends who are so hilarious and are great company and I love them to pieces. I totally respect their choice, but... I personally prefer the menfolk ;D
ElleNicole said...
Jul. 11, 2011 at 1:24 pm
UnknownPoet13 said...
Jul. 3, 2011 at 11:34 pm
i really like this poem!! :) it's so true and deep! if you don't mind could you check out mine? It's entitled "The Magic Man"
GrammarNaziMistress replied...
Aug. 3, 2011 at 7:44 pm
Honestly, couldn't you just read this heartfelt, powerful poem and compliment it WITHOUT self-advertising? *sighs*
BlackHeartOMine said...
Jul. 3, 2011 at 4:21 pm
I really like your poem.  It's very deep and full of passion and emotion.  It's not blunt about what it is about, and that's what I find most intriguing about it.  It is very beautiful and wonderful.
BibliophileGirl7 said...
Jul. 3, 2011 at 3:58 pm

I so agree. So true. I love it. I am going to share it with everyone one my email list.

: )

beautifulmudblood said...
Jul. 3, 2011 at 12:23 pm
I love this poem, and I'm sharing it with everyone I know, because it's beautifully distinct voice needs to be heard. 
Jul. 3, 2011 at 11:20 am
Taking a stance beautiful looking for positivity where only negativity is surrounded. Lovely piece
CarolynQ said...
Jun. 14, 2011 at 11:11 pm
One thing I really like is that this poem goes so deep and is so simple to understand and it fits for the real world. Applaud yourself, this deserved to be in the magazine.
Ricky1013 said...
Jun. 11, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Ugh, I knew what I was getting into when I visited this "Teen ink" website-- emphasis on the teen. Look, let me spell it out for you, although you may say you "respectfully" disagree we all know that's not the case. Anyone who disagrees with equal liberties for all, especially those concerning homosexual marriage is a complete bigot. A blind individual with no sense of just direction; morally bankrupt. How can you respectfully deny rights to hundreds of thousands of people. Your opinions... (more »)

ricky1013 replied...
Jun. 11, 2011 at 9:20 pm
This is a reply to a comment below sorry for the mispost.
beautifulmudblood replied...
Jul. 3, 2011 at 12:22 pm
I wholeheartedly applaud this comment. 
Jaded_Memories replied...
Sept. 7, 2011 at 2:29 pm

I as well you could say applaud this comment but never assume that age defines a persons intelligence as you did by your comment on emphasizing the word teen please.



Clear_Skies replied...
Oct. 21, 2011 at 7:01 pm
I agree with you, but I also agree with the Jaded Memories person. I'm a teen, and I'm not stupid.
AJFruitninja said...
Jun. 11, 2011 at 8:09 pm
Can you guys check out my channel and look at my poems? Please? Thanks! I think You'd like them as much as you did this one!
Lola_Black said...
Jun. 11, 2011 at 6:40 pm
I agree with this poem completely. Since when does the government have the right to tell two adults who love eachother they can't get married?
cheerluv replied...
Jul. 3, 2011 at 3:16 pm
The government shouldn't have gotten involved in the first place...
Lola_Black replied...
Jul. 29, 2011 at 7:03 pm
So true. So very very true.
DisicpleofChristandJesusEnthusiast said...
Jun. 11, 2011 at 9:01 am
This sis very good and VERY well written. VERY powerful! GREAT JOB!!!
starstruck15 said...
Jun. 11, 2011 at 2:04 am
This is so empowering.
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