1. Keep On Smiling 

    72

     
    If at times you feel you want to cry.
    And life seems such a trial.
    Above the clouds there’s a bright blue sky 
    So make your tears a smile. 

    As you travel on life’s way 
    With its many ups and downs 
    Remember it’s quite true to say 
    One smile is worth a dozen frowns. 

    Among the worlds expensive things 
    A smile is very cheap 
    And when you give a smile away, 
    You get one back to keep. 

    Happiness comes at times to all 
    But sadness comes unbidden 
    And sometimes a few tears must fall 
    Among the laughter hidden. 

    So when friends have sadness on their face 
    And troubles round them piled 
    The world will seem a better place 
    And all because you smiled. 

    By Alexandra Skiathitis
    Source: FamilyFriendPoems

    ….•*•.¸¸. ♥

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  2. My Soul is Yellow Today 

    52

    People care too much.
    How their hair looks
    or their clothes.
    They don’t care about what matters
    The soul
    The soul is what truly matters
    that thing that is deep inside.
    The soul is always fashionable
    no matter what the season is.
    The soul is something that changes color a million times
    from when you are born to when you die.
    My soul is yellow today
    because I’m happy inside.
    On Thursday my soul was green
    for I envied another girl.
    The soul is by far the best accessory you can have.
    And that’s what they should write in the magazines.

    Poem title: The Greatest Accessory Of Them All
    © Junita Thiessen
    www.FamilyFriendPoems.com

    Author’s note: I wrote this poem at the age of Twelve… or was it Eleven? Anyways, those were ‘deep’ and emotional years for me, and I hope you like it… Peace.

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  3. Sometimes I come home and cry

    61

     
    I've been bullied and it makes me mad.
    Sometimes I come home and cry to my mom and dad. 
    I think school is a great place
    but not when someone makes fun of me to my face. 
    I try to be nice to everyone I know
    even when I get made fun of just for show. 
    Being bullied will never stop me.
    To be the best person I can be. 
    I know that one day everyone will finally see
    how it truly feels to be me. 
    It can make you angry, sad and even bad,
    But at the end of the day it makes me glad
    to know that I am a stronger person because of it even though it makes me mad.

    Poem title: Bullying
    ~by Anne R., Grand Prize Winner, Grade 4
    Locust Valley Intermediate School
    Source: http://www.capsli.org

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  4. This Thing Called Life

    122

     
    Sometimes it’s happy; sometimes sad.
    Sometimes it is good, and sometimes bad.
    Once it was old; now it’s a fad.
    Doesn’t writing these silly poems make you mad?
    I’d rather sing silly songs.
    It is fun and oh so nice.
    Sometimes, you have to wonder about
    This thing called life.

    Poetry by Natasha Niemi
    Source: My Word Wizard

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  5. Anyone planning to go Veggie one day a week?

    47

    Once a week, is not too much at all

    Each year, millions of animals are slaughtered on factory farms for human consumption. Factory farming is a leading cause of global warming because it increases the levels of gases such as carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide. Because meat is produced on factory farms, those that consume meat on a daily basis, or have a diet that depends heavily on meat and poultry contribute greatly to the amounts of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Adopting a vegetarian or vegan diet, or even just opting to go vegetarian once a week, which can be as easy as choosing a salad for lunch, can decrease the levels of greenhouse gases, in the atmosphere.   

    Source: http://www.hercampus.com

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  6. What God really wants from us

    148

    All people have different beliefs and different gods
    All say they love god but they fight in their name
    Wrong persons just need someone to blame on
    At last they end up in gods name as an excuse for their mistakes
    Gods belief should only be used for love, faith and unity
    Not for our personal vengeance
    When all people respect and love others and their belief
    And know what god really wants from us
    That day this world would be a heaven which
    We no need to search after death!!!!!

    Poem title: Be united to form a Heaven
    ~by Divya Ravikumar

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    Rose wallpaper

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  7. Can I Go Back to Your Womb, Mommy?

    93

    Can I go back to your womb, mommy?
    My life is so unfair and terrible
    Can I hug you tonight, mommy?
    Those people are so mean and cause me trouble
    Can you hold my hands, mommy?
    My enemy try to call me with a label

    Can I go back to your womb, mommy?
    I'm tired of facing the truth–so painful
    Can I hug you tonight, mommy?
    Those problems turn my life not so cheerful
    Can you hold my hands, mommy?
    I'm standing on a place which is so awful

    Can I go back to your womb, mommy?
    I feel lonely and sick of this world
    Can I hug you tonight, mommy?
    I have nothing more to be sold
    Can you hold my hands, mommy?
    I have neither faith nor religion to hold

    Can I go back to your womb, mommy?
    I never ask to be born like this
    Can I hug you tonight, mommy?
    What a cruel life it is
    Can you hold my hands, mommy?
    I feel like I fall into abyss

    Poet: Azizah Nurhayati
    Copyright © 2013 Azizah Nurhayati

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