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Brain before body Response to stimulus   Required for life Required for happiness   If not made by you It will be made for you
If not from you first It doesn’t matter   Your perception Be careful with your definition   Vital part of life
Forth then back Teeter then totter   Deflected off Not quite straight back   Creation lives here Or so says the universe  
It feels different Makes you want to question   Don't resist Pay attention   Power lives in the changes
The world turns The sun rises Morning breaks as you realize It’s time for movement It’s time for change   The world turns
Dark and long goes the road Middle line stretches straight as if never ending   Lights only show so far But the line streams out straight into the black  
It based on results it won’t last Failure is coming and shatters perfection   Have you walked the path? Have you put in the work?  
Our fleeting view of reality Check points ensure accuracy   Balance your views  Mesh with humanity   Pursue beauty and truth
How do you love someone Someone you know at their core   The ins and outs, good and bad You know every thought and desire   You stand in judgement
Panic rages Anxiety attacks Fear abounds    How to make it stop Weather it? Fight it?   Breeding ground for inaction
It is not words It's not only thoughts Less talking required Internal rooting necessary Drive your legs down Let your feet firmly plant
Future   The future’s power Unlimited in nature Where creativity lives To shape the present   Past
Awareness within Not looking out It begins inside Then pushes its way out Self propriety and self focus Creating yourself isn’t selfish
And who is it that cares to think anymore as to whatever became of the former femme fatales- yesterday's darling divas? Those once glittering beauties from the barrios of Denver and L.A.
It took me 17 years  and a miserable day where I was told I was useless to learn that  We've been taught happiness is success
Be careful, my child, when you go outside to play. For there are bad people, Evil people, Who find their fun in stealing little girls like you away.
In life there are hard rocks, Deep valleys and high mountains, But perseverance be paramount, And so much strength to instil, Hardening ones heart, Masking problems with a soft laugh,
Don't be alarmed  Your hearts in the right place. Don't be scared of making a mistake.
Missed a deadline on scholarship applications                               on college applications Then, that seemlingly dead line from my Dad     "Nobody stays a kid forever," turned into a lifeline
to anyone with an opinion:   ignoring the reality of a situation in favor of the "morality" of a situation is, at best, unwise
It is two am- the limbo between morning and night- and I have to be up in 5 hours max. Can't sleep. All I can think about is time travel 'cause I just watched a movie where they played with time
always follow your ambitions even if you don't know where they may lead. chase your goals and grasp them in your hand like a rope that's pulling you into the life that you want.
You shine in the abyss,  A beckoning brightness beaming  Forth with advice and encouragement.    You pull me aside after class  And softly, subtly, smilingly 
You choose to love someone My father once told me It's not an instant thing You choose to love and look past the flaws and failures   My father once told me  You love in spite of, not because of
This pain that built up inside me, The screaming that shook me to my core. Took ahold of what i could see,  Till I didn't know what was what anymore.  And there you were being you, 
faced with indecision    i always turned to you for a frank discussion           about what i should do you never answered with derision                 but advised with great repect
The art of writing cannot be done without first mastering the art of reading.   
The art of writing cannot be done without first mastering the art of reading.   
At 9 you will discover feel that you are So grown up-and in too many ways you are Because you have to be but please remember That it’s okay to be a kid
Dear Granddaughters,  The only constant we consistently count on is change  Life is like a topographical map  On the surface the ups and downs seem smooth But when your soul walks the uphills they bend and curve
To: the end     The grasping of hopefulness remains loose,  
Dear myself four years prior, a time oh so dire. Acceptance and status were key.     If I could turn back the clock-
Don't blame love for pain  Don't expect love to always bring happiness Don't run from love    When you have love, Cherish it When you are without it, Seek it  
Dear Future Daughter,   There are some things I need to tell you. Listen carefully.    The first thing I need to tell you: Lilith. Your name.
Listen, kid. What I'm about to say is important, so put the book down for once. I know you don't like looking people in the eye when they're talking to you, and neither do I.
Keep your head up princess When they look you up and down don't bother just walk on When they stop in their tracks its bc you're beautiful When they tell u that u don't match you say i know
Driving Safely, I add. Life is so dangerous. Safety is your priority. Drive, mate!
1. It’s okay to cry, don’t let him beat it out of you because if you hold those tears inside, they will eventually drown you. 2.Embrace the parts of you that are fearless-they make you strong. Don’t suppress that, own it.
Sisters-  If a man ever pleads  with you, saying, "It's  what all guys do  to girls," it is  your job to tell him  but one thing: be different. 
Wash and iron your cape daily, and be your own hero. Focus on saving yourself before saving others.
I have advice for whoever is listening. It’s not very good but I’ill try my best. I hate it when a book ends and I hate it when I accidently forget to replace the shampoo bottle before I get into the shower.
He was like the moon, half always hidden What was it that split him- half darkness, half light? Crystal blue eyes held dark hidden secrets
Bring your glasses cleaner your ketchup your boots your markers  your jar full of candy Be careful, vanilla hero
one Sometimes, there are last Christmases, last birthdays, last goodbyes. And sometimes, you don't know that that's what they are until they've gone by. two
The last time the leaves turned orange I didn’t take notice Because I was too busy being sad And crying myself to sleep at night And wondering why
We are most happy when alive For life is sacred so hold to it close Life is like a floating balloon Made with care but gone to soon So hold onto to life as much as you can Never wasted but don't overdue
When a boy becomes man what does he feel does he feel excitement or joy no he feels nothing more than horror of his own freedom ending freedm to dream, freedom to hope
I traded in my Nike’s for the open mics  Those early Saturday morning 6 o'clocks for them 7s ate my priorities I had to trade them in for 
On the days you don’t feel appreciated Just know that we are here To guide you through the thunderstorms And comfort you out of fear  
One of the hardest things I do Is talk to you. It doesn't happen until I snap, And all hell breaks loose. I try to tell you, But the words are impossible to find. When I do my best it is dismissed.
                        “NEVER BE AFRIAD TO BE YOURSELF” -Mother      Bring me myself in a box, hypothetically 
You must never speak when spoken to, speak when the words are on your lips. You will find a way to make them listen. Do not do things sometimes, it should be always or never, like
Tell her that you can't promise that you'll remember her favorite color- but that you'll remember the experiences you've had together   tell her that you will always remember  the butterflies you got whenevr she was around
Looking at your hollow eyes, Its not a surprise that you lied. Your promise to never hurt me, Well that fell through, Cause I believed it, And became the victim to you.  
The eyes reveal truth, Hate, passion, where the heart fails The eyes prevail.  
looking back reflecting  I find that so much is sad sounds so much happy tinged with regret so morose my words have been so here is joy: unconstraineduncontrollableallconsumingjoy
  To a star crossed miracle, to a creature of my own flesh, my gift from whatever the hell is looking out for me, do not bury your head
I nodd my head sympathetically and listen. So many problems that I connot fix. A big, glaring, "What Should I do?" twists and tangles my thoughts.
The world can be so confusing 
Can't help but think I'm in the wrong place I look around there's not even a trace a space for artistic expression my soul is being held up looking down the barrel of a smith and Wesson .
1) Don't ever depend on others if you don't have to.2) I miss the fall leaves. I miss how I shivered in snow.3) I don't know what to say to him.4) I have bad ankles because I never stood up for myself.
Written by Oscar Benn III and Connie Martinez  
Try hard even if you are not the best player. Be dedicated and don't be saddened by failure  and nothing can stop you!
She was five and sitting alone in a little blue chair in the corner of her living room When she opened your book for the first time (the new book smell filled her nostrils) and read Those famous lines:
Depression is a stigma
“This life is not and easy one,” the tree said to its seed.   “Make sure the place you settle down has everything you need.”   “Water’s good but it’s not enough, you also need some light.”
I wake up every morning standing in front of a mirror, I take on the habit of wasting time on adding a mask that only seems to be acceptable to society.
The Path
Life is gift from God But you have to earn that gift You can’t just expect things to happen Or else they never will   Life is about persistence Hard work and dedication pays off
Behind ev’ry face, There is a room; A room filled with Tons of drawers.   Hidd’n in these drawers
FIRST STANZA: I bet you feel overwhelmed, full of fear and a tad bit of stress. It's your freshman year, in a new school and don't know what to expect.
Life is not a prize.   It is a gift from the heavens.  
My 87 grandmother has been through a lot. She’s had five different cancers, Multiple tumors, intestine troubles, and a stroke. She lost all control of her body, time after time. But she never gave up.
I know why you do it.  I know that the numbness and dull moans inside your skull  is near all consuming. Some days pain is the only voice that is shrill enough to break through
Advice given me when I am in trial Whether through example Or egregious error Or candid words You are the explanation for my ability to reach for success.
"Don’t get married."
Save the newborn eyes So that the mind grows astonished
I try but the words don't come For once, I'm rendered speechless
oh father what has happenedto you? what on earth stole from you your guitar? and told you to stop singing to your baby girl?  oh father theres a darkness that settles in your eyes thsese days.
These big and strong trees Have a great tunnel like view with their evergreen leaves
It was at the banquet
It's true to say, Every girl has flaws, And it's true that its displayed Every guy has been clawed. But ones for sure, For me it's a personal tour.   I can say that I've loved
As I lie in bed, With a pillow under my head; Being me, No one can see, So what can I be? Making decision, Is like making crucial incisions;
Cherish me when I’m an absolute fool,
Walking the halls Is harder than you think Losing friends Can happen in a blink   Having stress And feeling depressed Are all the things I'm trying to express  
I asked a girl, who had red hair, what it meant to love, We talked for hours, endlessly, the characteristics of our beloved. Compassion and care, with honesty and trust, The fire of passion turning seclusion to dust.
Dear sister,   Today, You are five years old.   Your world is full of... Butterflies (Your favorite), Rainbows (You love colors), Far too many sweets,
In the clearing over yonder, A willow faces west; Branches reaching further; I'm almost there at best; Yes my heart its pointing Northerly; To go or just to stay? My heart it feels the strongest;
Teach us to think. Not on what to think, but on how. Test us not on the knowledge, but on the application. Teaching us to memorize facts and numbers
Remember not to party, And never come home too late; I know this seems kinda corny, But i don't mean to hate   Remember to always study, But not the night before a test;
Our faith is our sail Intuition the wind The life we've built for ourselves is the hull beneath our feet The world may get rough at times The seas shaky and the winds turbulent
  One word of advice, or three- Never use adverbs. Think creatively.   The world is listening- Always be honest and open- Plan secretly. It also helps to smile charmingly and move quickly.  
The tears of regret rain down on blue skies, fall from the heavens and crash to demise; promises broken, and little white lies, contribute to darkening clouds on blue skies.
I drag my feet through the halls.  Tired eyes, stress at home. Please do not fall.  Friends turned their backs. Feeling all alone, all I needed was a good smack.  That person, who believes...believes in me. 
There’s nothing more humbling than An elderly man Sitting alone in the park.   His days although limited, They are consistently filled with That wooden bench in the park.  
May the path that you choose stay true to your heart,       For without our beliefs, from truth we do part. May the stars ever watch you and guide you throughout,       For even the wisest may stray from their route.
School is such a juggle, of books, papers, and tests, The hope is that in the end, you will finish best, That you will hold that paper, the key to your new life, The key that will support, your husband or your wife,
Plan the necessary steps to get closer to your goal. Emerge from a bad experience only looking at the situation as a lesson instead of a mistake.
Don't live wishing for wings When legs can take you just as far Live life as a nomad A sailboat without an anchor Life is too short to allow for ordinarity   Remember opened eyes can be used to see
So many different thoughts go running through my mind, I'm on my way to college, a roomy I must find. Senior year is flying by, still so much to do, Disney, Prom, Graduation, just to name a few.
Not enough to compete with the elite. You are Not a failure Not a success Not a competition Barely Above par Above standard Above ordinary
We can't wait for it to get here, but when it's here it quickly goes away. Reality smacks us in the face when we realize we can't hold on to it.
School is out of my budget But the rich love it The poor hate it Because I can't make it The rich laugh at my struggle While the poor support my hustle I live within my means
My father had once told me you'll never know just what you'll be even with the end in sight just before the end of night dont jump too soon, because you'll fall just hang on tight, fight through it all
man you KNOW that ain’t your house on mtv cribs. I bet you don't even watch mtv. You and your girl each got like 3 kids, and both ya’ll together made less than 3 hits.
Identity Is an interesting concept to me I was me when I was young But now different words and ideas flow from my tongue. My name has been Quincy from then to now
“There is no honor amongst thieves even less with trailer-park debutantes”
Speak your mind It gets easier in time Be you That'll get you through Self-esteem is a must to stay strong It's okay if they think you're wrong
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