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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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on Mar. 15 2011 at 10:52 am
EricaCadesha GOLD, Fayetteville, North Carolina
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live laugh love run!

i love this piece.great work!

NCason BRONZE said...
on Mar. 15 2011 at 10:02 am
NCason BRONZE, Virginia Beach, Virginia
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This was beautiful. You captured America's struggle for equality perfectly. Keep writing, I'll keep reading!

rachelsmith said...
on Mar. 15 2011 at 9:37 am

Brad, who made you the marriage police either? Who are you to say whether or not her point is wrong, when you're mad at her for the same reason? 

And Detective C, do you watch a movie that goes entirely against your belief system and walk away saying nothing more than, "The camera work was amazing"? A movie, book, poem, song, etc. is created to prove a point or written for people who believe a certain way or thing. The reason something is popular is because tons of people agree with it, not (only) because it's camera-work/effects/writing style was superb.

The reason this poem is so popular is because tons of people agree with the message (I'm not one of them), NOT because of the way it was written.

on Mar. 13 2011 at 4:25 pm
nefariouslyme, Richland, Michigan
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But that's what I'm saying. You're born with your brain programmed to like certain colors, just the way you're born to like certain types of people. It's not really something you can change. You can't force yourself to like purple if it really doesn't appeal to you, or force yourself to not like green when it's your favorite color.

on Feb. 21 2011 at 8:31 pm
yourworstnightmare BRONZE, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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The best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. (Teddy Roosevelt)

Wow. This was incredible! Keep writing! =)

on Feb. 21 2011 at 12:51 pm
Detective-C BRONZE, Lakeland, Florida
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"Wait! It's morning in the Himalayas!"

Whether you agree of disagree is not important. Just respect your differences and don't fight. Treat the poem as a poem, focus on the way it is written if you don't like the message, or focus on how the message is presented. You have not to take it to heart.


vampier BRONZE said...
on Feb. 21 2011 at 8:27 am
vampier BRONZE, Glasgow, Kentucky
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"my favorite thang about eating gumybares is knowing that thay wont fight you back when you bite there heads off.......!!!!!"

this is sad but at the same time it a good pome. i love it a lot.

on Jan. 30 2011 at 8:28 pm
K.a.t.h.l.e.e.n. SILVER, Plymouth, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
See everything, Overlook a lot, Correct a little.

Although I respectfully disagree with you here, I really enjoyed this piece, Kayla!

Keep writing! :)

Doktor SILVER said...
on Jan. 30 2011 at 7:44 pm
Doktor SILVER, Northridge, California
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Favorite Quote:
"Imperfection is beauty. Madness is genius. And it's better to be ridiculous than to be absolutely boring." - Marilyn Monroe

I did not know that deer could be homosexual! I know that albatrosses can, and there are many species that change gender naturally as they mature (goldfish are one of them) and then mate.

God created Adam and Eve and gave them free will. They were pure until they ate the fruit. People who are heterosexual are equally guilty of sin as  people who are homosexual. We are equally wrong, no one is more 'right' or 'holy' than another. It's just so sad when someone pushes another away in disgust because of who they are.

Yes, I sound preachy, but I hope I don't sound negative. Trying to impart a positive message like our friend, the wonderful poet here who wrote this great poem and decided to share it with the world.

on Jan. 30 2011 at 6:43 pm
singinginthegardn GOLD, Cowell, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
"The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say." ~Anaïs Nin

Wow. I'm moved! Great job...keep writing! <333

limelove said...
on Jan. 30 2011 at 5:01 pm
limelove, Gresham, Oregon
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Memories last forever.

Same here.

Lilium BRONZE said...
on Jan. 30 2011 at 2:56 pm
Lilium BRONZE, Marysville, Washington
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Favorite Quote:
If you don't try, you'll never know.

There is hope, you just have to search your heart for it.

Amazing job!!! I love it!

on Jan. 30 2011 at 6:57 am
Selimile BRONZE, Brooklyn, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"Night seems darker before the dawn."

This poem was incredible and really spoke from the heart.  Keep writing please!

on Jan. 30 2011 at 12:44 am
PerfectMGymnast DIAMOND, Parker, Colorado
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"If you don't leap you'lll never know what it's like to fly"

wow! this was very good and had a lot of emotion!! :) and if you get the chance could you check out some of my poetry such as A Mirror Image and The sinner confession (and comment and rate them????) it would be greatly appreciated! THANKS! And keep writing because your amazing at it! :)

on Jan. 27 2011 at 9:08 am
trapped-in-a-broken-wonderland PLATINUM, Houston, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
love in it'a essence is just spiritual fire

i have to agree with skoppy355, marriage should not be judge by the sexs of the people involved but, by their love for each other and how happy they are, and if you don't know the people, or you dissapprove,  remember you have little right to judge, because if god create us all, then he create some of us to be homosexual, and if that's the way he wants it, who are we to disagree? yes in the beginging was adam and eve, but now some times there is adam and adam, eve and eve. people should learn acceptance of those who are different from themselves.


p.s. we are not the only species that is part homosexual, deer are too.

on Jan. 8 2011 at 4:46 pm
skoppy355 BRONZE, Arlington Heights, Illinois
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Life's like an hourglass glued to the table- from Breathe (2 am) by Anna Nalick

marriage should be thought of as a bond of love between two people, regardless of gender.  most people will tell you that in a marriage love is the most important thing.

on Jan. 8 2011 at 4:42 pm
skoppy355 BRONZE, Arlington Heights, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
Life's like an hourglass glued to the table- from Breathe (2 am) by Anna Nalick

So true, I love it!

on Jan. 8 2011 at 4:10 pm
writerinfinity PLATINUM, Arlington, Texas
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Good job; I really loved the feelings you put into it. Very neat; keep writing!

Lils101 SILVER said...
on Jan. 8 2011 at 3:04 pm
Lils101 SILVER, San Diego, California
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Favorite Quote:
"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger"

 is asking YOOH!

on Jan. 8 2011 at 11:56 am
littlebrownjournal BRONZE, Mascot, Tennessee
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Favorite Quote:
"You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening,
And live like it's heaven on earth."
— William W. Purkey

really good and totally true