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No, You Cannot MAG

November 6, 2008
By Kayla Bruner, Cypress, CA

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.

The author's comments:
This piece was written after Prop 8 was passed in California, a national tragedy at the state level.

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cellogirl GOLD said...
on Apr. 28 2011 at 9:37 pm
cellogirl GOLD, San Diego, California
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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!

AliB. BRONZE said...
on Apr. 28 2011 at 4:12 pm
AliB. BRONZE, Redwood City, California
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then why are you looking at poetry?

on Apr. 28 2011 at 12:07 pm
booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo nasty yuck sick i hate poetry

bbeast BRONZE said...
on Apr. 28 2011 at 9:27 am
bbeast BRONZE, Anaconda, Montana
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Favorite Quote:
“I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” ~Henry David Thoreau

I like the message in this. Thank you for sharing it.

AliB. BRONZE said...
on Apr. 25 2011 at 8:59 pm
AliB. BRONZE, Redwood City, California
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I respectfully disagree :)

vampier BRONZE said...
on Apr. 20 2011 at 8:44 am
vampier BRONZE, Glasgow, Kentucky
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Favorite Quote:
"my favorite thang about eating gumybares is knowing that thay wont fight you back when you bite there heads off.......!!!!!"

wow that is an good pome i thank so and i thank that your right about that......!

on Apr. 6 2011 at 7:13 pm
TheHangingGirl BRONZE, Winter Haven, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
"Poets utter great and wise things that they themselves can not comprehend."

I feel the same way. Amazing an just Astounding.

dancer13 GOLD said...
on Apr. 6 2011 at 12:36 pm
dancer13 GOLD, Troy, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
"I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them." ~Jane Austen

This was spectacular...

The reason behind it, however, is indeed tragic. :(

Inspiring <3

ScottieMeuse said...
on Apr. 6 2011 at 12:07 pm
ScottieMeuse, Saugus, Massachusetts
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I didn't quite understand this poem, but i do really like that picture next to it.

Leahrose211 said...
on Apr. 6 2011 at 11:54 am
Leahrose211, Saugus, Massachusetts
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if more people saw this they would understand what teens feel about change and the world

Smile26(: said...
on Apr. 6 2011 at 11:08 am
It was alright but it wasnt that emotional for me... boring . sorry.

on Apr. 6 2011 at 8:36 am
LoveLostNeverFound GOLD, Freeland, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
My scars don't lead me in the path that I'm headed, they simply remind me of where I've been.

omg! this is so amazing

on Apr. 6 2011 at 8:06 am
dontforget GOLD, Cortland, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"The best things in life are left unseen. That's why we close our eyes when we cry, kiss, and dream."

I respectfully disagree with you here, but I really like your style of writing! Nice work!

on Mar. 28 2011 at 11:05 pm
BrightBurningCampeador PLATINUM, Portland, Oregon
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Wow. This is a really powerful statement.

on Mar. 28 2011 at 1:44 pm
gabzter12 BRONZE, Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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this poem is amazing! well done and way to put ur anger and frustration of the prop 8 into this poem!

secrets said...
on Mar. 26 2011 at 10:02 pm
Imspiring. wow ur soo right we r a yes we can nation but people tell un no u cant all the  time how is that fair in anyway?!?!?!?! great poem

on Mar. 15 2011 at 6:20 pm
WindDancer GOLD, Lexington, Kentucky
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Favorite Quote:
"It's time to start living the life you've imagined"
- Henry James

"I read to escape, I write to confront."

One word to describe my feelings toward this: LOVE.

kimi bear said...
on Mar. 15 2011 at 2:38 pm
i think that was deep keep up the good work.hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha this was seriously great.keep writing

zana123 said...
on Mar. 15 2011 at 2:14 pm
zana123, Newportnews, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
don't give up

wow thats was really good!

SoccerMad GOLD said...
on Mar. 15 2011 at 12:59 pm
SoccerMad GOLD, Saint Helens, Oregon
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Favorite Quote:

Wow, that was great. it really spoke loud and clear to us.