Light and Shadow 4.5/5 (2)

Light defends against shadow

But it creates shadows as well

Light keeps the shadows at bay

But it also conceals them

Light gives you hope

But shadows inspire you

Light warms you

But shadows ensure

That you are never alone

Light wards away monsters

But shadows make them disappear


Ann Richards School for Young Woman Leaders

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Light and Shadow 0/5 (1)

Light defends against shadow
But it creates shadows as well

Light keeps the shadows at bay
But it also conceals them

Light gives you hope
But shadows inspire you

Light warms you
But shadows ensure
That you are never alone

Light wards away monsters
But shadows make them disappear

Shadows may scare you
But light can show you far worse truths


Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders

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Things to Remember 5/5 (1)

You might think
Light fights off the shadows
But it only conceals them

It might appear
That fire kills and destroys
But it gives warmth

You might fear
A place that isn’t heaven
But it is just a place
For people too hurt to love

You might assume
Your actions speak louder than words
But your words could change a world

You might wish
That everything is fine
While your world crumbles around you
But you have to love what is with you


Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders

6

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Not So Simple 1.67/5 (3)

They always say
Look for the silver lining
And so we search
But it isn’t so simple
As they say

Don’t be negative
They tell us
So we look for happier things
But it isn’t so simple
As they say

Don’t judge by looks
They insist
So we close our eyes
And let our heart guide us
But it isn’t so simple
As they say

Follow your heart they whisper
So we try to take chances
And chase our dreams
But it isn’t so simple
As they say

Follow our advice
They scold
So we try
To find the silver lining
To stay positive
To look at what’s inside
And to chase our daydreaming hearts
But it isn’t so simple
As they say


Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders

6

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Secret Questions 4.5/5 (2)

Can love shed light
In your darkest corners?

Can hope bring joy
To eyes haunted with death?

Can silence find the words
You don’t dare speak?

Can a scream
Inspire the world?

Can a floating lily
Hold up the world?

Can a moth find the courage
To resist the flame?

Can a secret question
Find an Answer?


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Things to Remember 4/5 (2)

You might think
Light fights off the shadows
But it only conceals them

It might appear
That fire kills and destroys
But it gives warmth

You might fear
A place that isn’t heaven
But it is just a place
For people too hurt to love

You might assume
Your actions speak louder than words
But your words could change a world

You might wish
That everything is fine
While your world crumbles around you
But you have to love what is with you


Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders

6

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Collision 4/5 (1)

Chasing daydreams
On golden wings
Through stars
And silver light

Bottling love
In crystal flasks
On a sunlit pier

River singing
Peaceful songs
And lilting melodies

Dew speckled blossoms
Blooming in
The blood red dawn

A haunting chorus
Silent and loud
In the golden dusk

Silver snowflakes
Crashing softly down
Clinging into icicles
Melting into hope

Lovely harmony
Crashing apart


Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders

6

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Where I’m From 5/5 (4)

I am from hot irons glistening with steam, from needles that poke and dirty windows that get a scrubbing with the Clorox that we praise.
I am from the old brick New Orleans style house.
I am from football Saturdays and getting reminded the Golden Rule and the smell of greasy bacon and sticky donuts when I wake up.
I am from the pine trees swaying in the breeze and the tomato plants standing tall.
I am from church on Sundays and freckles all around.  From the Mulig branch and the Shirley.
I am from running around the neighborhood and making sweet fresh jelly with family.
From, please get along with your siblings to thanks for setting the tone.
I’m from Jesus died on the cross and kindness will get you through life.
I’m from if you don’t eat seafood you’re not going to like my family.
From crawfish boils and cornbread dressing.
From the Papasitos’ story and the laughs.
I’m from 10035 Clemente Circle.

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The Little Blue Planet

Can you look behind you
and stop looking in the mirror, stop living in a reflection?
It’s not really you. It’s not real,
but turn around, please, Just look.
It’s broken, it’s cracked and it’s irreplaceable. It’s our home.
It’s earth, the little blue planet.
It’s a dark place to live in now because we made it dark.
But why don’t we help?
Why? Why is that fair? Do you know?

We took everything,
everything from our planet.
It was a friend, not a person, but it was alive
with everything living on it.
We wore it down, though,
down to a solid and unliving figure, standing alone,
Overheated, melting, caving in.

It’s not simple anymore.
We’re too self obsessed.
We’re too busy looking at our phones.
We think we can’t make a difference.
We think is pointless to try,
but it isn’t.

Adults always teach us to believe, but it’s hard
when those who teach us to believe break
not only their promises, but they break the world.
They hand over a pile of trash and expect us to clean it up.
Maybe it’s not fair, but life was never fair.
Quit feeling sorry for yourself
And do something.

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