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Lesson: Poets in Revolt!

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Writing

Voices

By Isabel

From the forthcoming anthology, Poets in Revolt!, this poem features a student battling with the voices constricting her freedom.

Level

Grade 8

Type

Poetry

Voices telling me what to wear 

Voices telling me what to be 

Making my decisions for me 

Feeling like I have to put a bag over 

my head to fit into the community 

Voices cause drama 

Why are they inside me 

Drama causes pain 

Had too much pain in 

my life already 

How can i destroy them 

Or when can they leave 

I don’t feel free 

As a matter a fact 

I never was free 

And I never will feel free 

because they are still inside me

About the Author

Isabella Guerrero is her name. She is 14 and something she hopes her readers will get out of reading this is that poetry helps tell the world your stories. If she could travel anywhere she would go to Spain to see the group of kids her age do poetry over there. She strongly believes that poetry can change one’s view of life.

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