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Daily Read

Sep 21
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Small Town Living

It's funny, I hear people talking 'bout old fashioned towns,
Idillic small towns, where people still smile and wave,
There they still have values they say.
And there, kids know what's what and behave.

I feel like laughing at the idea, 
For a little while at least. 
In the end I just shake my head,
Knowing people are so blind to the beast.

"They still have morals there," you say,
Sep 20

Casual Racism With a Side of Language Based Angst

In an attempt to delete an audio recording that I wasn't satisfied with, I ended up deleting the post as whole thinking it meant deleting the changes I had made previously.  My bad.  This is just a repost, where nothing has changed from the original.  My apologies for causing any confusion.

I was sitting among tiny green blades of grass,
listening to a chaotic symphony
of loudspeakers
and bubbling voices.

I was sitting under a rosy sky

Sep 21
poem 4 comments challenge: Say

A Royal Address

Forgive me for not kneeling when you passed by.
I forgot
Whose presence I was in.

Forgive me, your highness
For not waiting for the scepter to lower
For you to grant me permission to speak 

Oh please forgive me!
I didn't see the purple robes
I didn't know I was in the presence of royalty 

If you can't forgive me I understand 
Tear me apart with knives 
Lay me on a bed of sharp nails
Sep 20
poem 3 comments challenge: Peace
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You may accept her as she is,
for she is fully whole as she dances among the flowers.
She tied her ribbons around herself
that stream and twirl no matter 
if the wind may happen to be blowing.
She is her perfections, 
and her flaws, 
all garnished with rainbow ties.
Her grace is that of the wind.
It may shift or stumble,
but all love it for what it is.
She knows that whether she is recieved the same way
is irrelevant.

Daily Challenge

Sep 29


Where do you see the greatest opportunity to create peace in your community or the world? Write an essay or poem about what you can do to promote peace. This challenge is part of Peace Day, Sept. 21. More info: Also click here to see what Vergennes Union High School does on Peace Day!
[Photo credit: YWP Photo Library, photo by Jonathan Palmer]

Today's Challenge

Sep 21

Little Rock 9 -- write and tweet

Weekly Challenges

Sep 29


Take a photo or photos of a setting that you find inspiring. Post the photo(s) and write a short explanation of why this place touches you.
[Photo credit: YWP Photo Library, phone by Madi Cohen]

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