This is Me

By Brooke Pannell

Hiding in the background.

Behind everything and everybody.

I’m missing something in me.

I wait at the end of the mat thinking those thoughts.

Thinking as hard as my brain would let me.

When I’m starting to run...

Meet Me On the Battlefield

By Jacob McIntire

You see, I’ve been on both ends, the smile and the tear,

But still I stand after all of my years,

Perhaps a little wiser, maybe stronger too,

But I’m still nowhere close to what I’m meant to do.

And although I seem generous and incredibly kind,

Stepping Out Into The World

By Kendall Lanier

People hide in the darkness of the day

They see it happen but they stay away

But today is the day that I speak up and say something

Being brave, not afraid

Taking a chance and stepping out

Being heard not reticent