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DISENFRANCHISED

Alone, forgotten;

Abandoned by what were friends.

Parties, get-togethers;

We're not there, not invited.

Talking about parties in front of our faces;

We ask to go, the answer is known.

"Why would we want you there?"

Again, they don't care.

Others try, they try to help;

It's no use, they need to apologize themselves.

But, what do you know, right?

Do what you will.

I don't care anymore, okay?

Just remember those you've hurt along the way.

Paige M. Currie, eighth grade, DeSales Catholic School, Lockport

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Closest to Heaven

    Forget the world,    

We won't let them see,    

With their deceiving eyes,    

Judging everything we do,    

I love you,    

And you love me,    

And that's all we need,    

Because being with you,    

Is the closest to heaven I have ever been.    

-- Chelsea Miller, age 14, grade nine, Warsaw Middle School  

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