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NightReader (Canada) published:

Courage

PROMPT: On Courage

different, weird
the names she was called
courageous, brave
is what she became
when she looked in you eyes
and saw your pain

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about 1 year ago

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thecrazychatlady (United States) published:

I've admitted it five times (here's to many more)

PROMPT: On Courage

I had my first crush on a girl when I was eleven.
Dark hair, dark eyes, pale skin, skinny
Small lips that I wanted to kiss
Didn't know what that meant
Because I was eleven, and eleven means you don't know anything, and eleven means that anything is okay because bisexual was a word you just learned and--

When I told her, she didn't look me in the eye.
I remember embarrassment
I remember trying to forget
I remember telling...

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about 1 year ago

2

rosa diaz is a bicon (United States) published:

Singularity

PROMPT: On Courage

It starts with a question
Am I straight?
For some, it's an easy answer
But for others, it's not

Soon the question grows
And you start to explore 
This community that you now belong to
and in this community, you feel safe

But there comes a time when you must leave
Leave the comfort of your solitude
And take this part of you
And show it to the world

At first, it's surprising
Surprising how many people accept it
And...

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about 1 year ago

1

ZaQueenOnPoetry. (Australia) published:

Theatre isn’t for gays anymore!

PROMPT: On Courage

Out To The World: Song/Theatre script/Poem

We were all made of brown mud in the palms God all the same except. Me. 
You see my mud was made of multi-coloured clay and you can guess the results.
An extra, strange, loud ruckus of a boy, apparently hell-destined to be.
Well that’s because I’m just normally theatrically  g- Wait, let’s say. That boys...

Especially, Ones that smile or ever so slight.
Laughs at all the jokes just to please.
Is shy,...

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about 1 year ago

1

aliheat19 (United States) published:

Nothing Will Happen

PROMPT: On Courage

Just party with us
Nothing will happen
Find someone you like
And take them home for the night
Nothing will happen

The police are here
They want us out
Nothing will happen
We aren't moving
We have a right
Nothing will happen

Just let us party
We aren't hurting anybody
Nothing will happen
Come in if you must
You'll see a good time
Nothing will happen

Why target us
There are other clubs open
Nothing will happen
We're human like...

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over 1 year ago

2

Sara Roza (United States) published:

Inspired by Aristotle and Dante

PROMPT: On Courage

It was that night when I fell in your arms
You just held me and stared at the stars
That's when I realized that I've been blind
There is no reason to hide
My love for you is undenied
I'll never be ashamed of loving someone like you
You're like the sun, I'm like the moon
When I shine it's because of you
Although, your light's a warm yellow, mine's a cool blue

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over 1 year ago

1

Glift (United States) published:

Gabriel

PROMPT: On Courage

I; such an understated word it is.
Holding the whole of my being on my tongue.
For beyond the name what am I?
What is Gabriel, such that he might be defined.
It is etched upon my soul that I am such,
So I shall never be another.
Gabriel is how he is, and I, separate,
Define him as such; he can be no other.
The label is all, the words do not fall
In place as I’d please to...

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over 1 year ago

1

the.incredible.ben (United States) published:

My Norm

PROMPT: On Courage

My 'normal' has never been anyone else's
Wearing a button down shirt over a blouse to a band concert
Choosing basketball over cheerleading
Action figures over dolls
Ignoring what everyone else tells me is 'normal' for a girl
Knowing my 'normal' is not being a girl
It's that never ending feeling inside of me, controlling me
The feeling that made me act like a girl for years
The feeling that made me fake being in love with a boy
because...

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over 1 year ago

ellarisamusic (United States) published:

Confidence

PROMPT: On Courage

I am different;
and it's okay.
We are all different
in our own special ways.

There are so many
cool things that make up me.
So I need to stop worrying
about the things that could be.

I am smart,
generous,
kind,
caring,
loving,
talented,
and confident.

Sometimes, I think I need a mantra.
You know, to keep me going.
I've heard that it will pay off
and really start showing.

I need to start telling myself this
and my...

over 1 year ago

ASharpBreeze (United States) published:

Joining My Out Friends

PROMPT: On Courage

I stayed in the dark,
afraid to let people know,
how different I am,
until I realized that,
I am stronger than they know.

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over 1 year ago

1

alicerose (Australia) published:

Who you are

PROMPT: On Courage

In the house of reverence
praying to the lord
the man with the iron weapon comes
ripping through hearts, minds and souls 
and the ones who pass on,
the ones who give their lives for the blind of hate
come to rest at firdaws shores

mothers fathers
sons and daughters
the bullets spare none
but through the haze of blood and grief
a country unites as one

against the iron weapons
against the ones who wield them
becasu in your...

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over 1 year ago

1

Living My Life Through Writing (United States) published:

Gone

PROMPT: On Courage

My home
It was once a welcoming home. 
Until I took down the 
Bricks
And destroyed the walls
Around my heart

Then I found myself 
And who I really was
And who I really loved

I loved a girl
I had known my whole life
The one who was my best friend
And told her 
And know together we conquer our lives

But my parents tried to tell me
That, this was one thing that is not right
So I...

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over 1 year ago

1

Gabby B (United States) published:

Blooming

PROMPT: On Courage

As a small girl I learned to be different
I was always nicer and often forgiving
I dressed how I pleased 
And was taught to speak
But I thought the world couldn't touch me
As I got older I became molded
With insults and fear of not getting the notion
That silly bands were no longer cool in middle school but I loved them
 I didn't understand how everyone agreed on something but me
Something must be wrong
With some...

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over 1 year ago

Ellbell12 (Australia) published:

The girl in blue

PROMPT: On Courage

The girl in the blue,
was never stuck in her room,
she was a princess,
avoiding duties,
all day, every day,
 

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over 1 year ago

Flaw (Malaysia) published:

Want

PROMPT: On Courage

(Inspired by Taemin's Want)

It was bound to happen.
Sexual needs are a part of humanity.

Many people don't see that.

Some consider it taboo,
Some consider it an unholy act,
Some consider it to just be...
Disgusting.

Why can't it be something
To be learned about
Without snickers and grimaces?
Why must it be treated
As a subject to be
Embarrassed about?

I, for one, am not too shy
To avoid this topic.

It is a need that is ...

over 1 year ago

Angelica Macfarlane (United States) published:

Silence

PROMPT: On Courage

She looked
in silence as the crowds of people looked down at their hands.

She listened in silence as they talked about their new apps, new pictures, new cases, new phones, new lives that were seemingly were becoming a drain to their very existence.

She watched in silence as her own family started to sit days on end hypnotized as they stared endlessly at their luminescent screens.

She shrunk in silence when instead of coming home and being able to...

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over 1 year ago

1

MarSan (Mexico) published:

The Right Time

PROMPT: On Courage

There's never a right time to realize you're different 
Different to what you've been told you'd be like 
Different to who you wished you'd be like. 
There's never a right time to look at yourself, 
and see a bunch of limbs awkwardly put together. 
Is that you? The pair of billowy eyes that stare in fear? 

Is that you? The way you react and think and speak and fear?
Are you the person you wish,
the one staring back,
or...

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over 1 year ago

TheTeenLoner (United States) published:

Not A Fairytale

PROMPT: On Courage

Somewhere out there in the world,
there is someone right for as I am for them

is it a fairytale?

Some day I want children
A good marriage
and a happily ever after
is it a fairytale?

​Is it so strange
that I want a future
not many my age dream or
even think about
is it a fairytale?

But how do I  know where to look
left, right
cities or islands
is it a fairytale?

Is it the nice...

over 1 year ago

1

TheTeenLoner (United States) published:

Not A Fairytale

PROMPT: On Courage

Somewhere out there in the world,
there is someone right for as I am for them

is it a fairytale?

Some day I want children
A good marriage
and a happily ever after
is it a fairytale?

​Is it so strange
that I want a future
not many my age dream or
even think about
is it a fairytale?

But how do I  know where to look
left, right
cities or islands
is it a fairytale?

Is it the nice...
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over 1 year ago

1

CaroWrites (United States) published:

Stand Up

PROMPT: On Courage

You stay in line, unheard, unseen. 
To afraid to drift into a dream.
Why not stand up?
Pressured to fit in, slaves to the norm
Everyone walking into the same storm.
Why not differ?
They tell you to be a certain way, someone you were not born to be.
Why can’t I just be me?
This madness must reach an end
I am standing up
What a wonderful world to live in, 
See it your way, 
Stand Up

over 1 year ago

3

Shivi Jain (India) published:

Fight Like A Girl

PROMPT: On Courage

This is for girls who stay up all night,
this is for you who are willing to fight.
From hidden fears, hurt, pain, and tears,
Under the smiles, laughs, and giggles we hear.
Let your hair down, straight or curls,
You are beautiful because you fight like a girl.

For girls who wear short skirts and their hearts on their sleeves,
For girls who know how difficult it is to believe.
For girls who scream and shout to their pillows, ...

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over 1 year ago

SplatterWriting (United States) published:

Black and White

PROMPT: On Courage

They say that you are perfect
But then they say that you need to be fixed
They say that love is beautiful
But then they push you down for loving differently
They throw words and phrases around
Saying that they are only joking
People's vision of love is black and white
But if all we see is black and white
then no one can be different
We must get rid of the darkness
widen our spectrum
and let the color...

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over 1 year ago

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Karen Umeora (United States) published:

The Prison without Boundaries

PROMPT: On Courage

I’m trapped.
But there are no bars, no walls
 
I’m in a prison of my own making
But there is no way out, no way in
 
As time passes, I feel like a tree
Dazzled by the beautiful green leaves of a mistletoe
 
Days go by and I realize the mistletoe was nothing
Nothing but a trick to keep me in this wretched prison
 
The mistletoe was coated with promises
Promises of being attractive
Promises of...

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over 1 year ago

1

Kory Wright (United States) published:

What It Takes.

PROMPT: On Courage

No one else is going to do it. So are you going to take those same steps,
or are you going to follow your own path?

 Your soul is made of iron, blocking cowardice with your
sheer will. Nothing can stop you, but yourself.

Sometimes when we get scared, we have our backs to
wall, having fear itself creep up on us, like goosebumps. 

In life, adversity hits us in the face, and we get knocked down.
People will usually...

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over 1 year ago

1

Kory Wright (United States) published:

What It Takes.

PROMPT: On Courage

No one else is going to do it. So are you going to take those same steps,
or are you going to follow your own path?

 Your soul is made of iron, blocking cowardice with your
sheer will. Nothing can stop you, but yourself.

Sometimes when we get scared, we have our backs to
wall, having fear itself creep up on us, like goosebumps. 

In life, adversity hits us on the face, and we get knocked down.
People will usually...

Seeking Peer Reviews

over 1 year ago