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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FallenAngel1 said...
Jun. 6, 2011 at 11:27 pm
This is GREAT.
asila. said...
May 26, 2011 at 2:19 pm
♥ greaaaaaaaat
Just_jim said...
May 20, 2011 at 11:12 am
thats was deep young sista
Purple-Licious replied...
May 20, 2011 at 1:23 pm
that was great and i really loved it
Brittney123 said...
May 20, 2011 at 9:34 am
i get this. its so strong and it means pretty much everyging
TolkienLewisWhitman said...
May 20, 2011 at 4:51 am
This is wonderful! It has a mystical feel, but is still grounded to the real world! It really makes the reader think after reading.
diedeutschBrause replied...
May 20, 2011 at 8:17 am
Wow. That is so true, and I wish they would sya yes to that people.
cellogirl said...
Apr. 28, 2011 at 9:37 pm
i 100% agree with you! i wish more people could look at this with an open mind and honest logic. Church and state are two separate things...whatevever moral issues you may possibly have with it really dont come into play. this is great, keep on writing!
i hate poetry 67 said...
Apr. 28, 2011 at 12:07 pm
booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo nasty yuck sick i hate poetry
justagirlwithsomepoetry replied...
Apr. 28, 2011 at 4:12 pm
then why are you looking at poetry?
jocyLOL replied...
May 7, 2011 at 10:09 pm
if you hate poetry so much, then why are you wasting your time reading poetry? i hate poetry 67, you're not so smart. BTW this poem is awesome <3 I love it
Lola_Black replied...
Jun. 11, 2011 at 6:43 pm
Better question, i hate poetry 67: why did you even get an account here if you hate poetry? I agree with jocyLOL. You're not so smart.
Shadowrider replied...
Jun. 14, 2011 at 11:01 pm
To "i hate poetry 67": You need to click off the internet and go watch Barney because you clearly don't know your manners. 
titangods31 replied...
Jul. 3, 2011 at 7:58 am

seriously? I mean why would you ever read this if you hated poetry?! how does that even make sence? this was amazing you just dont know beauty when you see it.


bbeast said...
Apr. 28, 2011 at 9:27 am
I like the message in this. Thank you for sharing it.
justagirlwithsomepoetry said...
Apr. 25, 2011 at 8:59 pm
I respectfully disagree :)
kitkat95 replied...
May 20, 2011 at 8:51 pm
then i giess that is really your problem
Rachael B. replied...
May 28, 2011 at 12:12 pm
i don't know how you could say that with a smile if you believe that the point of her poem is wrong and that those people don't deserve equal rights.
extrablaah replied...
Jun. 11, 2011 at 1:05 pm
You respectfully disagree with a smilie? How can you when all she wants is for people to spread less hate and to give people equal rights. I agree with her :) Awesome poem!
Ricky1013 replied...
Jun. 11, 2011 at 9:22 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 »)

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