Responses

personal experiences, thoughts, and expressions of a global community of writers

Repetition

My voice is echoing echoing echoing

Cynthia Robertson
Port Townsend, WA

My Voice Is

My voice is an open door. You are welcome here.

Richard Beardsley
Gainesville Florida, USA

My Voice Is

My voice is quiet. You can see it in my eyes or feel it in the touch of my hand.

Barb Kerkhoff
Gainesville FL

My Voice Is

a single leaf, that is both the season and the change itself, a force of nature expected but never prepared for

Sylvia Clark
Kent, Ohio

My Voice stands for

for my human brethren that have yet to find theirs. For my siblings still in their closets And those still forced to live in fear. I will use my voice to stand for you.

Jacob Dudley
Rootstown, OH

My Voice

My voice was left behind in the stone walls of Washington National Cathedral joining the voices of Oberlin students and faculty singing Mozart's Requiem on May 10, 1970 in response to the deaths at Kent State, Cambodia, Viet Nam, and all unwanted wars.

Nancy Bick Clark
Newport, KY

I Want

I want the voices of the Black United Students (BUS) 1969-1970 from KSU to resound globally in student leadership and resilience in that not one of them was lost on May 4th due to their sensibilities in knowing not one Black student should show for the protest; instead they all survived and stayed alive!!

Dorcus Johnson
Cleveland, Ohio, USA

My Voice Is

My voice is quiet, unassuming, a whisper reaching through the dark, yearning to be heard.

Edward Wood
Akron, OH

My Voice Is

My voice stills the wind

Ann Marie
Connecticut

My Voice Is

a product of those I surround myself with.

Adam
Youngstown

My Voice Is

My voice is a quiet shadow awakened by the sun.

Marla Weisberg
Beachwood, Ohio

Repetition

so many wars so little peace so many flags so much to learn

Chris Flynn
Clermont

My Voice Is

My voice is a wind and blue in the heart of humanity to heal your pain that bleeding, my voice is breezing peace in every innocent victim

Erkut Tokman
İstanbul, Turkey

My Voice Is

My voice is the hum of highway traffic, loud and constant

Jordan
Oberlin

My Voice stands for

My voice will serve as beacon/ for those marginalized. My voice/ will help right the wrongs created by society/ My voice does not bend, bow,/ but break for those who are lost in this pandemic./ Students, you matter./ Let my voice be the light you so desperately crave.

Anthony Matejcic
Mentor, OH

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for the film crews working 20+ hours a day 7 days a week Facing abuses Physical and emotional So they can feed their families.

Peter
Cleveland

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for the students who feel worthless because of a standardized test score that inaccurately measured their knowledge. You are worthy and more than a test score.

Bailey McKarns
Carrollton, OH

My Voice Is

my voice is a ray of sunshine/ using its light and warmth to cover the world/ my voice is the birds song/ offering harmony to those who care to listen/ my voice tells my story/ to teach/ to comfort/ to sing/ but my voice is not the only voice/ my voice encourages the voices of others

krista harland
north canton ohio

My Voice Is

My voice is hidden just beneath the water. / My voice is waves crashing over pointed rocks.

Madi
Pittsburgh

My Voice Is

My Voice is a quiet church mouse, hiding in the walls. My Voice is a black line on an empty white page.

Madison
Kent, Ohio

My Voice Is

My voice, is our voice. A chorus in unity ~ May Peace Prevail on Earth.

Lisa Huber
Roxbury, CT

My Voice Is

My voice is a mother guarding children like a sheet spread over narcissus buds for overnight April frost.

Kerry Trautman
Findlay, OH, USA

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for every person who loses their love ones.

Rocio Hernandez
Milpitas California

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for every person who loses their love ones.

Rocio Hernandez
Milpitas California

I Want

I want the people fly high without any damage in this world

KARINA OROZCO
milpitas california

My Voice Is

My voice is a stream run around the world.

Dao Tran
Milpitas

My Voice Is

My voice is a mold, stretching out of the darkness

Lyudmilla
Vilnius, Lithuania

I Want

I WANT A END TO MOTHERS SUFFERING UNLESS COUNTRY TAKE CARE ABOUT THIS FACT THERE CAN BE NO PROGRESS IN COMING GENERATION

SUKARMA RANI THAREJA
AHMEDABAD,GUJRAT,INDIA

My Voice Is

My voice is barely a whisper in a universe of noise. But I shall not be silent.

William J. Anderson
Champlin, MN

My Voice stands for

every cry that has fallen to deaf ears

Tatiana
Miami, FL

My Voice Is

My voice is wind

4 th G- Old trail school

My Voice

my voice says, how much more beautifully broken can we become?

brenda sparks
coburg, oregon, usa

My Voice stands for

my voice stands for the earths existence

brenda sparks
coburg, oregon, usa

I Want

for mothers to stop crying about their childrens futures on an earth expired.

Brenda Sparks
Coburg, Oregon, USA

Give & Take

In giving of ourselves, we take from the world its shroud of pain.

Ken McAllister
Tucson, Arizona, USA

I Want

a strong mindset without fear of failure.

Yuka
Japan

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for a future, where people's dreams will not be shatterd, with the ruthless cliché: "life isn't the movies". My voice stands for that indefinite time, where everyone, despite their color, and race and gender, can raise their voices Olympus high, and live out their life freely, without shattering at the sight of crude reality.

Michelle Perera
Sri Lanka

Give & Take

Lord, take back these stereotypes that sadly our own kind made , do not let us be trapped in our own illusions, of color and race and gender, and give us back our lost peace and unity. This Garden of Eden You've handed over to us, of which we failed as a gardener, forgive our ignorant souls, and implant peace upon us again.

Michelle Perera
Sri Lanka

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for the mother who weeped over the still body of the soldier boy whose gold coffin was buried with empty salute, and for the black girl who lost his father over a fight not anyone knows - for he was black. my voice stands to pity the folly crowds who exploit stereotypes and exploit the peace.

Michelle Perera
Sri Lanka

My Voice Is

My voice is a poultice for the pain you carry.

Angela Finn
Kent, Ohio

Give & Take

take back the virus of greed and give us fresh ocean wave that bring us to meet the octopus

Chihlan Lu
NY, NY

I Want

I want to live in a world filled with compassion and thoughtfulness.

Deidre
Cleveland, OH

My Voice Is

My Voice is: Time Peace Blessed America Seconds float Serene Peace around Clock Wise Whence Spring Minutes simmer Summer Hours Fall onto United States Thanksgiving communal bounty Where WE Winter HeartBeat Family Holiday Greetings.

David Lester Young
Austin, Texas

Give & Take

A declaration of mankind: give and take, no heart beats alone

Benjamin
Cleveland, Ohio

My Voice Is

A roaring riptide in an ocean of change

Austin Monigold
New Philadelphia, Ohio

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for any person who feels less than

Madelynn Jessberger
Kent, Ohio

My Voice Is

the sunshine on the mountain, My voice is a new day, My voice is a new way, My voice is a bird in the sky, no one can take the freedom away of my voice.

Raghav Sharma
INDIA

My Voice Is

My voice is a string of pearls that never ends

RebeccaVujanov
Kent,Ohio

My Voice

My voice cries out for the weary, For those tortured by hate and destruction. My voice comforts those who long for a kind word and the appreciation they deserve. My voice advocates for those who can't speak for themselves, Even if I stand alone My voice is a sword, cutting through lies. My voice is an architect, constantly building and encouraging. I am my voice.

Grace Koch
Delaware

Give & Take

I want the purple heart I wear to go away, held my head high, a silent concert of valor, while wounded by the draw, of blood that circulated, thru shared organs, willed by that half brain. I want a harmony band, gentle soothing abundant gestures of drifting clouds

Victoria L. Buck
Athens, Ohio

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for the work of advocates, The sweat of laborers. The tears of lonely children. My voice stands for endangered species, The needs of our planet-home, For peace among the cultures of the globe.

Samantha Terrell
New York

Give & Take

Gather your bullets and melt them with love

Josh Hurand
Tucson, AZ

I Want

to take you in my arms, friend. Hold you so you'll never feel alone again.

January Gill O'Neil
Beverly, MA

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for a more understanding future. My voice stands for a future where Muslims, blacks, Mexicans, the LGBTQ+ community, and anyone who has faced oppression can wake up feeling safe and equal. My voice stands for a world without war, a world without race, and a world where humanity cares more about others than about themselves.

Jillian Cleland
USA

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for a more understanding future. My voice stands for a future where Muslims, blacks, Mexicans, the LGBTQ+ community, the disabled, and anyone who has faced oppression can wake up feeling safe and equal. My voice stands for a world without war, a world without race, and a world where humanity cares more about others and than about themselves.

Jillian Cleland
USA

My Voice Is

My voice is a particle of sand, overlooked and lost in the motions

Fred
elsmere

My Voice

My voice winds up the stalk of the bright yellow sunflower seeking the sun upon me to illuminate a truth I am here now You are also here Together we can create beauty Climb the stalk reach the light blossom

Lisa Falk
Tucson, AZ

My Voice

dances on the dawn of peace.

Rebecca Shuman
Green Valley AZ

My Voice stands for

Working towards a future of no more killing and nonviolence for our fragile planet.

Thomas A. Fee
Freehold, NJ

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for true equality. Equality for those who know no support. My voice stands for the voiceless

Missy fontana
Warren Michigan usa

My Voice Is

Strength across generations to reveal clarity and sprit

Joanne Gitto
Canton ohio

My Voice stands for

the peace of the ancestors, the strength of the mothers and fathers, and the innocence of the children.

Shannon
Kildare, Ireland

Give & Take

“Take back that keen sorrow and give our baffled souls the reach to mourn no more.”

Ned Madden
San Clemente, Calif.

My Voice Is

My voice shudders to say The things that were in play In the mind of my student Who thought it was prudent To take his life away That left me in dismay My voice is his voice His voice prays for justice For a world without guns For a peace second to none

Anonymous
Anonymous

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for the right to be safeguarded from harm, of all kinds

Ciara Sheehan
Ireland

My Voice Is

My voice is like a daffodil Arriving to defy the bleak and stoic sky To challenge the very soil that gave it life, that still holds its roots Slowly, it begins to unfurl each petal Until - all at once - its inner self is on display In all its brazen beauty You do not have to admire it But you cannot ignore it. It boldly raises its head to ask with the innocence of new hope: What if

Bethany English Sava
Tallmadge, OH

I Want

I want my voice to speak for those who don't know what to say

Julia Stoll
Buffalo

My Voice

My voice; release the sound, the vibration of my soul, to love, to heal, to mend our world.

Laurean Kile
Monongahela, PA

I Want

I want us all to bloom like wildflowers.

elizabeth
Ohio

Give & Take

Take our fears and insecurities and transmogrify their fierce energy, and give them back to us as courage and protective instincts.

Janice Gerda
Cleveland, Ohio

My Voice Is

My voice is the wind in the trees, like whispers whisking by until Mother Nature's full fury is unleashed.

Katherine
Arizona

I Want

I want everyone to be looked at and treated equally.

Bob Camry
United States of America

My Voice

My voice fights. My voice serves.

Ria
USA

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for the peaceful bliss we all deserve.

Suzanne Roberts
Miami, Florida

Give & Take

Take your hurried thoughtless actions and return to a state of being, give meaning to each step, each breath, each moment. Live keenly for all our lives to flourish.

Danielle Miller
Harvard, Massachusetts,USA

Give & Take

Take back our endless fear spurring needless hate and violence and give us endless faith, hope and love in humanity.

Samantha Poole
Copley

My Voice

Prays for a world of love and compassion

Ev
Texas

My Voice

My voice for peace, beams out as gently, as the rays from the golden sun

Yvonne PhelpsCollins
O’Fallon, Illinois

I Want

Trans rights

Bob
Cleveland

I Want

I want us to NOT sin by silence, when we should PROTEST against injustice, tyranny and oppression! We must speak to right the wrongs of many !

David A Hancock Alumni 1968
Chesterland Ohio

I Want

I want someone, anyone, everyone to take a sharp knife, (pocket, steak or Bowie, nature doesn't care) and carve away at the tree of hate until nothing is left save for splinters to ignite a huge bonfire, viewable from outer space, and dedicate it to a world of diversity, acceptance, opportunity and, above all, love for one another.

Jan H. Kennedy (class of 1970)
Dellroy, Ohio

My Voice

shines a beam on the silver lining. My voice finds the goodness, the sweetness, the glee.

Jaclyn Garver
Fort Wayne, Ind.

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for those who have lost loved ones to the abyss of mass incarceration.

Adrian
Ohio

My Voice Is

Mother Nature's roar

Hallie
Pittsburgh

My Voice Is

My voice is a newborn Phoenix rising from the ashes of yesterday’s learning.

Tracy Ahern Owen
Katy, TX

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for May 4 torn from life transformed from happy days to holy moments.

Dolores Pinchot
Ohio

My Voice Is

is a clanging gong to remind others I am still here.

Kelli A. Brickman
Chardon, OH

My Voice stands for

Peace! Peace is more than the absence or threat of war; there is no Peace without the obliteration of Tyranny.

Dr. Carlton R. McHargh
Tuscaloosa, AL

My Voice Is

My voice is the loudest voice when joined with other voices shouting, singing and whispering for peace.

Barbara Murphy
Florida

My Voice

My voice shouts. My voice fights. My voice stands for those whose voices are silenced. I want people to care about others. Take back the greed and give us endless generosity. Let's stop the mantra "me, me, me".

Bobbie Szabo
Chagrin Falls, Ohio

My Voice

My Voice is a PURPLE burst of morning skyline spreading out above us all at dawn. My Voice is a mountaintop of fresh LAVENDER flowers covering us all in it's most intoxicating, soothing scent. My Voice represents ALL the GIGGLES available to humanity to rise above the Covid-19 Pandemic and defeat it communally. My Voice HEALS! My Voice BLASTS around our globe! I want the renewed OZONE to fill all earthly creation; resetting it to manufacturer's warranty specifications! I want educators and all essential personnel to know their personal and collective WORTH AND VALUE that BRILLIANTLY light the globe! Take back all earthly failures humanity created across time in exchange for our communal resilience and well-being sprouted as a gigantic global BOUQUET fragrant and intoxicating to all! My Voice is globally resonant as gigantic, beautiful, BUBBLES iridescently encircling us all with PEACE, LOVE, AND JOY FOREVER!!!

Dorcus Johnson
Earth

My Voice stands for

the earth and all creations that cannot speak for themselves

Megan Haftl
Pittsburgh, PA

Give & Take

Take away confusion and give us wisdom.

Robert E Kelley
Dallas, TX

My Voice

My voice beckons but may be unheard!

Robert E. Kelley
Dallas, TX

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for the "Jungle Gym" on the playground, may it not be crushed or bent from the tanks no more.

Scott Swan
Kent, OH

My Voice

My voice is not the loudest or the softest but it is just as important.

Jaynell Nicholson
Pittsburgh, PA

I Want

I want that everyone stay home and the loss never happens.

keithomas
akronohiounidedstatesof america

Repetition

I don't have an answer to any prompt, but I do have a stanza related to May 4th. The Governor was running for re-election He called out the National Guard Boys and men with little direction And then there were deaths in our backyard.

Ruth Moore
Cuyahoga Falls, OH born and raised; now Huntington Woods Michigan

My Voice

My voice encourages you to always be your best.

Linda
Randolph, OH

My Voice Is

My voice is the sound of a sparrow hawk's wing in flight between the trees.

Shannon
Athy, Ireland
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