I will not. 

You tell me to be quiet. 
Flowers bloom in my mind and waterfalls gush in my soul and you want me to subdue myself
I will not be subtle because you feel threatened
I will not weaken my power because you are not strong 
I will not dull my thoughts because my tree throws your sapling in the shade 
I refuse to be less simply because you are not enough. 

By: Amelia Pratt

Age 19 

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Stoplights

Green to yellow to red

If only it were that simple

If only hearts worked like a stoplight

If only red meant to please, back away

And green meant I need you, now

And yellow meant I don’t know what will happen, but let’s take it slow. 

How much heartbreak

Pain

Suffering

Could we prevent

If only we had the courage to say so. 

By: Amelia Pratt

Age 19