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Part 1

No Difference

Small as a peanut,
Big as a giant,
We're all the same size
When we turn off the light
Rich as a sultan,
Poor as a mite,
We're all worth the same
When we turn off the light.
Red, black or orange,
Yellow or white,
We all look the same
When we turn off the light.
So maybe the way
To make everything right
Is for God to just reach out
And turn off the light!

Sheldon Allan Silverstein

This poem was selected by me for many reasons. My faith in God makes me believe that when we look at people without judging, or with the light off, that everyone is the same. When reading this poem I thought about all of the people I know in my life, how they all differ, but how they are all important and the same to me. Each day I try to look people as though the light is off, how God looks at them, and make sure that I do not judge. The style of this poem is shown in many ways. The author writes the poem without any stanzas and uses traditional form. The phrase “when we turn off the light” is repeated multiple times throughout the poem. In addition, after light is mentioned at the end of a line, the following sentence rhymes with the word light. The tone is consistent throughout the poem. Using complete opposites show the reader exactly how different people are.

A Wounded Soldier

-Gary Ferris

A wounded soldier lies alone in bed,
While a million thoughts run through his head.
He remembers the day when he was strong.
When greatness seemed where he'd belong.

He's not sure what landed him here.
But his soul is troubled and full of fear.
All his dreams, they seem forsaken,
And he wonders if maybe he was mistaken.

Quietly he wonders if anyone cared,
Or remembers him for all he shared.
Do they even know he's still a man,
Holding on to whatever he can?

His comrades have all shunned away,
Either ashamed or…...

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