Responses

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

Give & Take

Hope flies best when a few feathers fall; give light, for lightness is all.

Dorrie Iten
Switzerland

Give & Take

Take these words swirling in the wind and let them be heard to the ends of the earth and let them echo back on the waves of the waters, no more pain, let there only be peace.

Ashley Peterson
Casey, il

I Want

I want the clearly marked trail to peace to be found again the breadcrumbs still there the voice of the sea in our ears singing It is possible, yes,

Mike Gullickson
Georgetown, Texas 78633

I Want

I want us to carve peace into the stone of disbelief. I want us to recover the hearts of ourselves. I want us to remember the shape of love can be sculpted even after hate.

Liza Sparks
Colorado

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for all the families who lost loved ones to petty fights

Shambhavi Pradhan
Dubai, UAE

I Want

I want you to survive to love again.

H. A. Lipstadt
Los Angeles, California

I Want

I want to walk to school behind the goats and be greeted by the bustle of students, lining up in front of my classroom, and the end-of-year picnic, even though we had to carry the uncooked food and all of the pots and clay braziers on the back of a donkey, walking for hours before we found the perfect spot. I want to join the Peace Corps, again.

Julie R. Dargis
Minneapolis, MN USA

Give & Take

Give us a tool to dig in the Garden of our Soul and plant the only root that will grow forever, omnia vincet amor.

Robert Knox
Quincy, MA

My Voice Is

My voice is a mute witness

Clarinda Harriss
Baltimore

My Voice

My voice like the conscience one speaks against the evil the other thinks and seeks only good and peace. My voice, the day and night, always showing hope after terror, My voice, the morning bird; Robin, that sings to clear the early morning fog of winter, My voice, the inner muse to my poetry, the solution that saturates my unforgiveness to forgiveness.

Scarlet Clinton
Nigeria

My Voice Is

My voice is oceans carrying the world's weight.

Miles Liss
Alexandria, VA

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for the vanished smiles Of the silenced children, Whose innocence dies Starved and caged, in the knowledge Of having been undone By our self-serving lies: Who grow up to know Hell so intimately, they go Seeking it when sent to Heaven.

Hibah Shabkhez
Lahore, Pakistan

My Voice Is

My voice would call out the names of children in their home language, bring them out of the desert to where we could sing together in the shade of mother trees: safe, safe, safe.

Madronna Holden
Eugene, Oregon USA

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for justice, the hurt, and the voiceless.

Elizabeth
Canada

My Voice

My voice whispers alone In congregation shouts

James Robert Kane
Chaska, MN

Give & Take

Take back the threats and give us a sign that you see us.

Cheryl Clark Vermeulen
Boston, MA

I Want

I want my friends in Libya and Gaza never to jolt awake again to the flash and thunder of explosions. I want no Syrian child ever to have to flee to safety, leaving a pet behind. I want every refugee to find safe haven in a world that holds their lives sacred. I want the tears of the past to be enough, to be the last.

Jody
Virginia, USA

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for those like me Winds have a way of talking To orange trees before the snow Dark dripping nights, wet and cold It is me, myself shedding leaves Changing steadily like the landscape Naked trees have limited choices Heads hung in shame never complain The same wounds are green again In my shades, sit lovers once again What you speak, the words I hear What thoughts you have of around Nuclear arms and suicide bombers Mountains falling like flakes Lakes of gloom, rivers of blood Seeds of hunger sowed in farms Let me have it all from your eyes A spark, a flame to dispel the divide A flash, a flicker, for alarms to subside My voice is that rain every desert needs

Dr.Rubeena Anjum
Dallas, Texas, USA origin Pakistan

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for spoken justice in a silent sea of injustice.

R. Jahan
New York, USA

I Want

I want the silence of peace ushering in a new day Benediction from millions of souls will bring love our way.

Purabi Das
Canada

My Voice Is

My voice is like of a wounded turtle dove robbed of it's love who was ripped in half with a knive

Jane W. Mwai
Nairobi Kenya

My Voice Is

My voice is a trumpet announcing a new dawn, a world free of hate in every state

Jane w. Mwai
Nairobi Kenya

Give & Take

Take back our stubborn will to be right at all costs and give us open hearts.

N.M.B. Clark
Beverly

My Voice Is

is an old voice shouting encouragement to the future

Barbara Huntington
Chula Vista, CA, USA

My Voice

My voice refracts, like a prism, the illuminating words of past and present peacemakers, exhaling a rainbow of promise.

Susan L. Lipson
Poway, CA

I Want

I want people to wake up to the totality of God.

Leila Casusi
Philippines

My Voice Is

My voice seizes the day, defies the slur of bullets.

Barbara Rosson Davis
Greensboro, North Carolina

My Voice Is

My voice is children's laughter louder than bullets, yet soft as flowers to the ears of my heart

John C. Mannone
Niota, TN

I Want

I want to be heard, Not because I wish for But because I deserve to. I do exist, though invisible to your eyes Making the particles of your breath dance Like your beating heart, in perfect rhythm Carried by the blowing wind like a seed Ready to germinate instantly as it touches The dusty ground, the keen ears in my case. I am the question completing myself In the form of an answer. I am an inspiration for your thought And a thoughtful word to be shared. In fact, I am the thought And the spoken word as well. They call me Voice. It is my identity, my quality and The state of my existence. And I want you To hear me.

V S Balakrishnan
Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India

I Want

I want this message to go out to all of space, toward the light.

annie mcwilliams
columbus, ohio, usa

My Voice

My voice will not be shut down.

A. Podracky
Queens, New York

My Voice

My voice prays for a world filled with love and kindness for all.

Nancy Chiarello
Pawling,NY

My Voice Is

I want a moment of clarity for a lonely girl wanting to jump off the ledge

Thys Sloan
Cape Town South Africa

My Voice Is

My voice is warmth on a cold day.

Mary Bone
Oklahoma

My Voice

My voice has the power to change wrong to right, It infuses hearts and minds with the best insight, we must unite so the light of peace shall continue to shine bright

Thomasina Rushing
SC

My Voice Is

My voice is a lioness roaring.

Kritika
India

I Want

I want everyone's voice to be heard and every story to matter.

Kate McCarroll Moore
Danville, California

My Voice Is

My voice is bootiful

King Squilliam
London

My Voice

My voice has deepened with experiences I am no longer oblivious My voice will not be silenced

Joey
New Jersey

Give & Take

Take the weary and give them eagles' wings.

Joselyn
New Jersey

I Want

my voice to be heard

lexi
hillsdale

I Want

I want their voices to be heard and their problems to be recognized.

brigida
hillsdale

I Want

I want to feel safe as the future generation. I want there to be a future. I want the chance to grow up as I wish. I want to not be rushed by having responsibilities piled on my shoulders.

Erin Choi
Hillsdale, NJ

My Voice Is

My voice is a four leaf clover on St. Patty's Day.

Jason
New Jersey

I Want

I want to never run through the meadow, for I would not notice the weeds.

Kelly
New Jersey

I Want

I want the simple and kind gestures that contributes to the limited amount of joy.

Taylor
Hillsdale

I Want

I want everyone to experience the freedom of doing whatever you want.

Stephanie
Hillsdale

I want an array of colors.

Yee Cheng

Give & Take

what you are given

WOlfgang
HOuston

I Want

I want everyone to experience the wholesome feeling of a hug.

Danielle B.
Hillsdale

I Want

I want the world to be peaceful

Thomas
Hillsdale

I Want

I want my students to believe in peace and humanity, to know and glow with the potential of our world.

Kate Overgaard
Hillsdale, NJ

Give & Take

Take the awkward silence of centuries of injustice and fill it with glorious music, passed down from mother to child, calling for freedom, spreading hope.

Katrien Vance
Crozet, VA

Give & Take

Give me the gun, I shall throw it away and take your disappointment for granted.

Nataliia
Ukraine

My Voice

My voice shapes borrowed songs into new melodies. My voice sings hope.

L. Rose Reed
Aurora, CO, USA

I Want

I want to not have to want any longer

David O'Keefe
Washingtonville, NY

My Voice Is

My voice is an echo in a canyon that does exist. I call for peace; the canyon does not answer but I call again. And again.

T. Francis Curran
Pleasantville, NY

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for the thick blood staining the curbside, My voice stands for those gutted like fish in the open street- side, My voice stands for the millions marching, screaming in silence, My voice stands for the unnamed and unspoken.

Megha Sood
United States

My Voice stands for

All those who have been silenced, let them be heard

Tricia Knoll
Williston, Vermont

My Voice Is

My voice is a roller coaster ride to a dream land.

Kritika
India

My Voice Is

My voice erases borders, burns flags, topples walls.

Maril Crabtree
Mission, KS, USA

Give & Take

Give the planet and all its people your commitment to just action Take back your words of wisdom and well wishes

Tom Herman
San Diego, CA

My Voice Is

My voice changes just like a tree leafs every season

Alaa
Akron

My Voice Is

Take our endless wars and give us endless peace

Alaa
Akron

My voice can be heard for miles. Cries and screams erase the smiles. My voice takes a stand for justice and peace. Please! Please! Let the violence cease. For all the children Violently uprooted in their prime. Justice and peace For this unspeakable crime.

Jeanine M Gervais
Trinidad, West Indies

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for three brothers who would have, should have, could have been there; but must not have been, couldn't have been.

Alma Kryah-Deblasio
Akron, Ohio

My Voice Is

Austin Austin Austin

Rebecca
Austin, Texas

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for empowering women in every part of the world.

Anna
Germany

Give & Take

take back our indifference and silence and give us empathy, a shared experience

Jordan
Kent

My Voice stands for

I want peace in developing countries

Wang Feng
Jingzhou, China

My Voice stands for

My Voice stands for all the people including children and elderly, blinded and maimed In Kashmir by Indian Occupational forces.

UBAID Tantary
Kashmir

I Want

I want the global Peace Tree to grow larger, where every crippled bird can find their shelter... I want a Peace Tree as high as the sky, where every broken heart, and muted soul can wipe tears from their eye...to get their secured shade underneath...to feel the bliss of fresh water & soft breeze.. I want no more conflict nor selfish race...Feel the bliss of every land & space...No more war🤚🏻for that’s what I really abhor! Please let’s all Enjoy the real taste of peace! 🌳🌳🌳

Enaam M. M
Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦

My Voice

My voice stands a harp for the peaceful masses, Summoning Eirene to put massacres into altar. I looked at my two toddlers’ orphaned faces, When they unawarely missed their father! How are they gonna pass cruel life-phases? Will the shattered peace come back to gather? I see peace hustle and bustle in various places, Will these two little souls really matter? My heart beats; the bosom of Mercy embraces, Providence has come to be their life’s author. Peace is the optimal dream of all races, It’s a Symphony worth gold heaps and Dollars. Clouds of blessings eventually shower their graces. Peace has come & sprung its water...why bother?! 🌹🌹🌹 Enaam M. M. Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦

Enaam M. M.
Saudi Arabia

My Voice stands for

The black bird is weightless, barbed beak and bloody feathers rise and fall over the porous earth clouds evaporate the wall is a torn curtain a river runs down the middle of my heart from west to east darkness into light

Joe Boyle
Kent, OH

My Voice Is

My voice is older it has deepened now waits even understands that voices blend harmonize volumize against just about any barrier no need to scream.

Nancy F.
Cleveland

My Voice Is

My voice is a weeping widow My voice is the tears of silence My voice stands for those who are not heard, who have not lived. My voice begs for lives that were lost, for the souls of the forgotten.

Anonymous
Breaking Down Barriers Conference

My Voice Is

My voice is a seed, buried deep in tainted earth. My seed blooms, to speak for every sprout crushed. My flower dies, my roots Thrive. I want my voice to be our voice Our voice is growing, growing growing.

Anna Kurnat
Park Forest, IL

My Voice Is

Break down walls Raise up people and the bonds between them.

Neil Cooper
Akron, Ohio

My Voice stands for

the future

Jen
Kent, OH

I Want

Get out the streets kid. Your Momma worried sick.

Haser the Kid, 26
Canton, Ohio

I Want

I want your chained soul to breach these finite boundaries. I want you to see me without eyes, hear me without ears, and feel me without touch. I want you.

Chris T., 36
Akron, Ohio

Give & Take

Take away the ice and give the flowing river sunlight

Mark B., 31
Pinckney, Michigan

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for The feel of freedom Tub wheels in the wind

Grego S., 43
Akron, Ohio

My Voice Is

My voice is music to my mother's ears. So I don't want to be taken away young, Leaving her in tears. Shootings happen nonstop every year. I want to see growth From all my peers.

Cody S., 22
Akron, Ohio

I Want

I hope I find a love that's like a dove that comes from above!

Phillip S., 32
Akron, Ohio

My Voice Is

My voice is Love. My voice is Berry, the man of her dreams. My voice is slow to anger. I want people to want to be kind. Taking back my sobriety, rcovering at IBH My voice is being 100% with myself.

Frank "Funky Fresh", 39
Akron, Ohio

I Want

I want to knit together the yarn of hatred with the yarn of forgiveness and cloak the earth in new cloth. I want my prayers to sing in the ears of strangers like rain on a tin roof. I want what’s tender and gentle to know my sister’s name.

Molly McDevitt
Cleveland, OH

Give & Take

Give us a quiet hush, where peace can resound

Karen Drew
Washington, NH

My Voice

My voice tells the story of jasmine To silence war and bury guns. It speaks Jasmine To the many mothers, left behind, To fathers, injured...and gone, To childhood on crutches And to the bleeding dove: "Once again in time, There will return peace, And in peace you will indulge"

Dima
Saudi Arabia

My Voice

My voice doesn't notice

Carmi Soifer
Suquamish

My Voice Is

My voice is a mother calling into darkness A name falling softly as the rain For all the children lost But not forgotten We will cry out Forever and Again

Anne Casey
Australia

Repetition

My body is sacred My body is a gift My body The bodies of my ancestors The bodies futures ones Name freedom

Ann Marie Davis
Oakland California

My Voice Is

My voice is a car flying by with joy My voice stands for the endless fun for spinning wheels My voice screams in happiness, my voice shouts for competition I want the sick to forget the sickness I want the sad to forget the sadness Take back our limits and give the freedom My voice is loud,loud,loud

Yazin Mulla
Saudi Arabia

My Voice Is

sweet marrow rememberings, —

Paul Lomax
Falling Waters

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for those who don't have a voice

K. S. King
Lawrenceville, GA

My Voice Is

My voice is an unrelentingly graceful display of perseverance.

Rebecca Manning
East Cleveland, OH

My voice is a vigil Birdsong and bark Echo from dried riverbeds and parched canyons My voice will come up for air as the waters surge Arpeggio rising from tear gas and bloodied sand My voice will cross borders Armada in three-part peace Waving all those children in bright vests to shore

Hollis Kurman
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

My Voice

My voice peace .... Peace everywhere , As peace only showers , Love here and there . Peace ties a knot .... A knot of infinity , in which the mass , lives in sanctity . Peace when flies , No one die , Peace brings dare , My voice in layer .

Praveen Gola
Rohini, Delhi , India

My Voice

My voice peace

Praveen Gola
Rohini, Delhi, India

My Voice Is

my voice has been considered as chaff on the wind, disregarded as useless

venetia sjogren
Panama and the USA

My Voice

My voice whispers "peace" as you brush by my shoulder in the supermarket My voice shivers at the coldness of your stare My voice beckons others to stand, hand in hand, to help, hold, and heal one another with a chorus of hope: I am human You are human We are human

C. Spencer
Kent, Ohio

Give & Take

Take the fallen and give us a reason to think we didn't lose them for nothing

Brianna Walker
Cleveland, Ohio

Give & Take

My voice has never been more silenced than it has been staring in the face of what we once called "Freedom"

Brianna Walker
Cleveland, Ohio

Give & Take

Take away my sadness, and give back my love.

jd
Las Cruces, NM

I Want

I want winter to end

Carrie
Kent State

My Voice

My voice is as loud as wind blowing over the mountains.

Peter
Kent

Give & Take

Take back my voice—give me a lifetime of better ears.

Alex
Kent, Ohio

My Voice

My voice glistens like the sunrise over the Pacific Ocean, as precious as morning dew.

Izzy
Cleveland, OH

I Want

I want peace for a peaceful world.

Peter
Kent

I Want

I want every person to feel like a child cared for, delighted in, listened to

Lauren
Kent

I Want

My voice stands for God.

Peter
Kent

I Want

My voice is as colorful as a Fall leaf

Peter
Kent

My Voice Is

My voice is a ball rolling down a hill, picking up momentum as it goes.

Grace
Kent

My voice stands for equality.

Brianna
Ohio

My Voice stands for

My Voice Stands for those who stand for their rights My Voice stands for those without for those who believe that cant be heard My Voice Stands for those who believe that theirs has been silenced that theirs have been stolen and pawned off I Speak for those who believe that they are being trampled upon that they cant think or speak with being Pushed down by Big Brother or those in Power I Speak for those who Believe in Change for a better Future

Carl Houghton
Mantua, Ohio, United States of America

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for peace and acceptance.

Rachel Quiggle
Mantua, Ohio

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for all of those affected by the thoughtless government. My voice stands for all of those hurt by the hateful words of others. My voice stands for all of those being ripped from their crying parents arms. My voice stands for all that can no longer speak for themselves. My voice stands for everybody.

Krista Smith
Mantua, Ohio

Give & Take

To give or to take. To make or to break. Too much is taken and not enough is given. Take ray from the sun and give it to the dark.

Autumn Sindelar
Mantua, Ohio

My voice is the cool fall breeze blowing through the beautiful fall trees

Beth

I Want

I want those who are unheard, to be listened to.

kaley
Ohio

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for equal rights. Why must there be a rift between us all? We are all human.

Jillian
Ravenna, OH

My Voice Is

My voice is Care, Care for others who don't care for themselves, Care for those who feel they don't deserve it, Care for those who aren't cared for.

Jasmyn Jessel
Hiram, Ohio, USA

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for every person who is suffering from depression, the people who no longer feel loved in today's society. The people who no longer want a beautiful tomorrow but a dead and silent night, for all of eternity.

Allyssa Rieger
Ravenna, Ohio

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for any woman that feels like they are losing their rights

Lydia
Ohio

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for people willing to make a change

Bethany
Mantua, Ohio

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for light, peace, and tranquility.

Payton McMahon
Mantua, Ohio

I Want

I want a world that brings colors to the darkness surrounding us.

Ally Sabol
Mantua, Ohio

I Want

I want the silence to end , it needs to end. Children dropping dead like flies by their own hands its time for the silence to end.

Cierra
Ohio

I Want

I want the world to stop hurting, for mother Earth to live, for our world to keep turning and stop burning.

Wyatt Hunter
Ravenna, ohio

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for peace. For an end to the divide. For people to come together and put their differences aside.

Lilly
Hiram, Ohio, USA

My Voice

My voice stands for those who don't get to have their voices heard.

Isaac Guyette
Ohio

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for the children dying for no reason at all.

kayley
ohio

My voice is mine, yours is yours but together makes one powerful one when we all are one, we are invincible

Josh Ondash
Mantua, Ohio, USA

My voice is a strong wind the in the night sky

Travis Waugh
Mantua Ohio

My Voice

My voice can be heard echoing through the crisp night air

Jessica
Ohio

My Voice

My voice shouts through other's masks.

Sydney
Hiram

I want peace and happiness. I want to end other's pain and suffering.

skylar g
Ravenna

My Voice Is

My voice is the sound you hear before the world ends.

Sierra
Lahaina, HI

My Voice

My voice is powerful

Teagan
Mantua, OH

I want to eliminate the fear of standing alone

Greg Stuber
Mantua

My voice can be as loud as the thunder,

autumn hammons
ohio

I Want

I want to have a world with no war

John
Mantua,Ohio

I want Unity for the United states

Brett
Mantua Ohio

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for peace

RJ Loomer
Mantua, Ohio

I want the world to be a less hateful place

chloe
Mantua Ohio

My voice stands for freedom

Wyatt
Mantua

I give you my life and you take others happiness.

Devin Oborn
Mantua, Ohio

My voice stands for those who don't have one

Kayla Starcher
Mantua, OH

My voice stands for the truth

Jacob haney
streetsboro

My voice is a never ending irk in John's ear

tAylOr gRuBb
Mantua

my voice is a chicken in the morning, always annoying my friends

nicholas gullett
mantua

I Want

I want magic in a dark time speaking aloud an incantation to bring wholeness again frightening some who focus on themselves afraid to allow magic into their lives real magic that happens between people has nothing to do with logic or physics but lies in common laughter and harmony in sunny warmth on a winter day in the music of silence

Larry Kerschner
Centralia, Washington

My Voice

My voice. Your voice. Her voice. His voice. Our voice. I want you to hear it I need you to feel it. Take back ownership. Take back responsibility-- Give me our voice back.

Liz Jertic-Somlai
Sombor, Serbia

My Voice

My voice is all of the fists in the air at a punk show, screaming the words of anguish for those who cannot Loving strangers in a way that looks painful, but is more encompassing than any love letter comes close to being My voice is all of the fists in the air, united for justice, united for peace, united for you.

Holly Scala
Reno, Nevada

My Voice

My voice weaves the unspoken woes of the fallen, the faceless masses, our battered abandoned.

Jennifer
Stuart, Florida United States

my voice is earthquake a trembling bird hanging on thread over an expanse of quacking dead ocean.

Ella
kent, oh

Repetition

Your voice matters, matters, matters

katie fenster
pg county md

Take these bullets coursing through the air, frightening children and mothers every where - give us instead a show of peace, a breath of understanding, a time to heal - the possibility of harmony as we recognize ourselves in others - all part of a humankind family. Take the disagreement, the anger, the resentment - give us the vision to see the whole world and each fellow human with compassion and wonder - Say these words with me "peace is better, peace is better, always peace is better."

evelynjane
Oklahoma

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for the Earth

Andy
Urbana, Il

Give & Take

I want to take away suffering and give a sense of meaning and relationship.

Jeremy
Greensboro, NC

Give & Take

My voice stands for ending structural violence and building peace

Jeremy
Greensboro, NC

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for the voiceless

virginia
minneapolis

My Voice Is

my voice is loud, and quc viet

elhal
kehu

I Want

I want to overwhelm the violent with a storm of dandelions!

tom pynn
kennesaw, georgia

Give & Take

Take back bullets and give us beauty

Caitie Young
Kent, Ohio

My Voice Is

My voice is as strong and as gentle as the ocean.

Sierra
Quaker Hill, Connecticut, USA

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for those who are hushed

Sadie
Holmesville, Ohio

My Voice

My voice chokes. I barely whisper, say something, do something, just stand with me.

marla berggoetz
indianapolis,,indiana

I want more people to know that it happens. I want more people to believe survivors. I want people to know that it is common as dirt and old as the hills. So act on it. Take action. Act as if it matters.

Alice Hasbrouck
Pennsylvania

My Voice stands for

My voice is friendship without borders

Cat
Rutland, Oh

My Voice Is

My voice is birdsong at dawn

Cat
Rutland

My Voice

Peace in my part of the world is not airport noise. It is about the slaughter of human beings, the burning down of entire communities, including hospitals and their patients today in the 21st century. My worry is how the global community ignores my part of the world and the people being slaughtered daily.

Fonkem Achankeng
University of Wisconsin,Oshkosh, WI, USA

My Voice Is

My voice is a silence you can't breathe through

LaShawn Smith-Wright
Detroit, Michigan

Repetition

Today, today, today--if you wish for a tomorrow.

Irwin
Kingston, Ontario

My Voice

My voice stands with the trees, as collaborative, cooperative, and communal.

Monica Kaiser
Akron, Ohio

Give & Take

Take our rage, our hate, our fear; give us peace, love, and comfort

Robert Carlock
Bowling Green, Ohio

My Voice Is

My voice is a thousand storms cultivating defying galaxies

Izzy
Cleveland, OH

My voice is a leaf changing in the autumn winds

Joe k
Colorado springs

I Want

I want love laid on as thick as a triple stuffed oreo.

Sanyi
Beavermarket

My Voice Is

My voice is a howling cry for peace, for justice, for love

Jacob Dudley
Rootstown, Ohio

My Voice Is

My voice is warm like the blue sky at sunset melting into pink

Caitie Young
Kent

My Voice Is

My voice is a kid playing by sea shore

Elton Skendaj
North Manchester, Indiana

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for my broken knees.

AJ Forrester
Tampa, Florida

My Voice Is

My voice is powerful like a Tsunami

Brittany E., 33
Stow, OH

My Voice stands for

My voice stands up for addicts, who succeeded or failed with tactics. My voice stands proud and true, to carry the message, to find the clue. My voice is here to shine, to help bring back what's mine. My voice suffered from the knife, now it's time to bring back my life.

Shine Fairchild, 26
Akron, OH

My Voice Is

My voice is like the sun shining down. My voice stands for the mothers that are struggling. My voice sounds like a child's laugh. I want addicts to overcome their addiction and forget the past.

Heather Mudery, 28
Ravenna, OH

My Voice Is

My voice is starving like a child who goes hungry in the night

Taylor Hornak, 25
Akron, OH

I Want

I want peace, true love, and respect to all the world and waters. Let God and let go! Let the people love one another RIGHT NOW! Get your shine on! The time is now...

Holly Bridges, 38
Peninsula, OH

My Voice Is

My voice is strong like a gun shot. My voice is stunning like a flying bird. I want Mother Nature to grow more trees. I want inner peace.

Hannah Sallora, 26
Tallmadge

My Voice Is

My voice is inspiring to touch and to help people in any way.

Hayley Weaver, 22
Akron, OH

My Voice Is

My voice is strong it drives down the road of life fearlessly. My voice is like a peacock strutting itself confidently.

Hannah Eckels, 24
Akron, OH

My Voice

My voice brings happiness to other lives My voices soothes a baby's cry My voice brings realization to an addict My voice accepts anyone for any form they're in My voice shows strength and resilliance My voice gives a friend a safe place My voice gives love and peace My voice is me.

Tara Schwaberow, 29
Akron, OH

I want the world to finally experience the light of the universe and the bliss of God's Word Shattering the darkness of evil and all of the light sighs through reckoning all of the world in the powerful bliss of no more crying or hunger, erasing ourselves and each other. Where the sound of war is no more and lonely humming birds sing and the Word sleeps silently with no trees crying, falling, only flowers blooming and the Word wakes to the angels singing its glory light on a reborn world, rid of all evils and only bursting with the power of bliss.

Carmen Estrada

My Voice Is

My voice can end the war My voice can change the world

Jonah B.
Walls Elementary School

I Want

I want everyone to be kind and for there to finally be a woman president.

Olive
Walls Elementary School

My voice is a feather because it's soft My voice is candy because it's sweet

Allianna
Walls Elementary School

My Voice Is

My voice is a million cannon balls hitting the ground.

Rylan
Walls Elementary School

My Voice Is

My voice is more french fries.

Sam Love
Walls Elementary School

My Voice Is

My voice is like telling my dad goodbye.

Bailey Dolan
Walls Elementary School

My Voice

My voice ends all wars.

Jaxon
Walls Elementary School

My Voice

My voice is loud like a lion roaring

Brooklin
Walls Elementary School

My Voice Is

My voice is soft like the wind moving in the air then softly landing back on the earth

Haniya
Walls Elementary School

My Voice

My voice protects the turtles.

Alex Huang
Walls Elementary School

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for peace.

Retal Alrehaili
Walls Elementary School

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for homeless person begging for change and peace.

Alice
Walls Elementary

My Voice Is

My voice is as soft as a lily

Cate
Walls Elementary

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for the poeple that have died from bullets

Jullian
Walls Elementary

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for world peace

Senuri
Walls Elementary

My Voice Is

My voice is like rain falling on leaves

Thomas
Walls Elementary

My Voice

My voice can stop all war.

Eli
Walls Elementary

My Voice Is

My voice is soft like an alpaca

Trevin
Walls Elementary

My voice is the sound of wind against a building.

Olivia
Walls Elementary

My Voice Is

My voice sounds like it is trying to end wars.

Drezden
Walls Elementary

My Voice Is

My voice is like a lion's roar.

Lillyan
Walls Elementary

My Voice Is

My voice is a wolf hunting for food.

Kean
Walls Elementary

My Voice Is

My voice is loud like thunder.

Ethan
Kent, Ohio

My Voice Is

My voice is love and peace.

Chloe
Walls Elementary

My Voice Is

My voice is a rainbow and a heart full of love.

Hanan
Kent, Ohio

My Voice Is

I want there to be more peace in the world. I want there to be no world hunger. I want there to be a cure for cancer. I want there to be no pollution or landfills.

Cienna
Kent, Ohio

My Voice Is

Peace is a bear growl to get the bully's attention and then chase him through the halls.

Max
Kent, Ohio

My Voice

I hear darkness because my voice is dark. I want to say what I say.

Veronica
Kent, Ohio

My Voice Is

If I saw someone on the street smoking, I would say that's how my grandpa died, so I would quit.

Rocco
Kent, Ohio

Hey, you! Yes, you! Let your negativity fade and use the can opener to open your uplifting positivity to all that's around. No more shaming or creating labels. Put the same energy of kindness your friends get and sprinkle it all around to others to help make the world a better place.

Sincere Lucas

My Voice Is

My voice is a radiant star nestled in the midst of black storm clouds, roaring disputes of thunder and harsh blows of lightning.

Gianna J.
Highland Heights, OH

My Voice Is

My voice is for people who turned dirt into diamonds. People who barely had a stable home growing up. For people who didn't know if they were going to be alive the next day. My voice is for people going through something. Don't give up, I'm with you.

Bryan Hugh Keith
Cleveland

My Voice Is

My voice is not quiet. My voice is not loud. My voices is heard, heard for what I stand for. My voice is unique.

Angelo Vecchio
Mayfield Heights

I Want

I want everyone's voice to be heard. I want people to feel important. I want people to feel loved. I want people to feel safe. I want people to get along. I want the fighting to end. I want everyone to let go of their differences. I want everyone to love.

Juliana Fimiani
Cleveland

I Want

I want a powerful, meaningful voice to speak for those who don't have the choice. And may that voice be loud and clear to instill peace and eliminate fear. Because maybe then people will see the way the world is isn't how it has to be.

Sarah Carlile
Cleveland

I Want

I want to be the reason why the hungry are full, why the lonely feel loved, why the frightful feel safe. I want to be the shiny star with no name.

Emily Direvicius
Highland Heights, OH

My Voice Is

My voice is loud, I speak loud about my voice. I speak my mind to express my pain, to explain my cries. I have a voice to say right from wrong, to sing a song, to reach out to those in need. I have a voice.

Morgan Williams
Mayfield Heights, OH

Give & Take

Take back the unwarranted touches bestowed upon countless victims, and give them back the name they lost to tears, to disgust and shame; time they lost while wondering: why me?

Madeline Kless
Mayfield, OH

My Voice Is

My voice is resilient like my body defeating addiction.

Kristin D.
AKRON, OH

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for the poor My voice will stop fighting My voice will prevent jail forever My voice is like a baby bird My voice is deep like a trombone

Aaliyah Baffone
Walls Elementary School

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for the people lost to disease. My voice stands for my grandma's last heartbeat. My voice stands for everyone lost to a bullet. My voice stands for every child that got kidnapped. My voice stands for everyone.

Demitri
Walls Elementary School

My Voice Is

My voice is like a vaccum that picks up litter. My voice is like a trumpet to distract people from fighting. I want people to stop being mad at each other.

Gwenyth
Walls Elementary School

My Voice Is

My voice is as loud as a whale. I wish that everyone on the playground would be kind to each other and then we can have a kind school. If we have a kind school it will spread on and this world will become a kind world. Soon it will turn into a kind universe.

Haidyn Christy
Walls Elementary School

My voice stands for people who are judged, people who need help. My voice stays strong for people who try to change the world no matter what. My voice is like a bell loud and strong. My voice stands for people who can't stand for themselves.

Molly Mae Murphy
Walls Elementary School

My Voice Is

My voice is a drum, beating every syllable of wanting equal money and equal rights for everyone and free healthcare for all of the people in the world who get hurt.

Layla Airhart
Walls Elementary School

My Voice Is

My voice is loud as a cat I want people to not be mad at each other

Emma Woitala
Walls Elementary School

My Voice Is

My voice is like a trombone playing and rainbows in the wind.

Jaden
Walls Elementary School

My Voice Is

My voice is like a cookie making people happy.

Declan
Walls Elementary School

My Voice Is

my voice is like a cupcake, sweet but a little sour, but most important of all is that it is ours to choose, so don't make it with baa's and boo's.

Aisha Ansari
Walls Elementary School

My Voice Is

My voice is loud to save animals from pollution. My voice is speak for all the kids that have died. My voice is amazing I hope we all can save the planet.

Jazmyn
Walls Elementary

My Voice Is

My voice is deep like glass dropping on the floor. My voice is deep like violence.

Aniya Coleman
Walls Elementary School

My Voice Is

My voice is like thunder and stands for no mass shootings. My voice stands for every lost life due to violence. My voice stands for every soldier's last heartbeat in battle.

Avery
Walls Elementary School

My Voice stands for

I want love, kindness, and understanding in our beautiful diverse world.

Arlea Carmack
Goodland, Kansas

Repetition

Like willow branches swaying, swaying,swaying they stood for the righteous right, children, male and female children, students, on the cusp of adulthood, swaying, swaying, swaying, but never-the-less remaining upright.

GC Smith
Aiken, SC

My Voice Is

My voice is the echo in a canyon--one, but many, flowing back to me, and me alone; My voice is tempered by despair, for the realities of life are harsh and painful. My voice is quickened by the hope I see, by the Parkland kids, united by outrage. My voice sings to a day when there is more than a glimmer, more than a promise; My voice longs to shout, "we are free of fear, free of guns, free to live!"

Helen Beer
Waxhaw, NC

My voice joins with yours and hers and his and theirs in the sound of ours.

Maryanne Stahl

I Want

I want all people to know that they are not alone (and never will be)

Alex Andy Phuong
Alhambra, CA

I Want

I want to give those who are disenfranchised much more than what they've been given.

Natalie L.
Washington, D.C., USA

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for the children Who have no agency in this world And my voice will always represent Their dreams and fears

Janet Hopkins Davis
Reston, VA

My Voice Is

My voice is a cool ocean breeze in a hot summer

Anonymous
Kent, OH

My Voice stands for

A world where my grandchildren can grow in love and peace

Jennifer Stonebrook
Willowick Ohio USA

My Voice stands for

Love and understanding of all humankind

Susan Shelton
Bangkok Thailand

My Voice Is

My voice is speaking for my silenced neighbors

Alexsandra Nilges
Elyria, OH

My Voice

My voice aches

Sandra Perrotta
Canfield

I Want

I want us to communicate, a form of art we've lost behind keyboards and miniature screens. I want us to talk, which we've neglected despite conversation being easier than ever before.

Jimmy Miller
Stow, Ohio

My Voice

My voice cries out for peace from frightful roars

Daniel Cuthbert
Lansing, IL

My Voice Is

my voice is the celestial twin of silence

Deborah Keith
Kent, Ohio

My Voice Is

My voice is a synchronized cacophony of many helping hands: diaphanous winged & velvet plush a plainsong from the heart: lay down your arms.

henry 7. reneau, jr.
Lindsay, CA

I want the holiest of spirits to protect our beautiful planet.

Cathy
Aurora, Ohio, USA

My Voice Is

As a May 4th Survivor my voice has been silent too long.

Jeanne M. Tucker
Mineral Ridge, Ohio

My Voice Is

My voice is full. My voice is beautiful. My voice moves. My voice is good.

Scott Hudson, age 52
Akron, OH

My Voice Is

My voice is my own, not controlled. My voice matters to my friends, family, and me. My voice makes memories, don't break it please.

Anonymous, age 15
Austintown, OH

My Voice Is

My voice fights as loving reason. My voice is joy as an act of resistance. Take vehemence and give a change. I want to find this world's balance. My voice fights lest our world sets alright.

Miles Purdy, age 22
Akron, OH

My Voice Is

If I told you we could heal, would you believe? If I told you we could charge, would you believe me? If I told you we are cognitive, would you believe me? If I told you, would you believe me?

Leanor Crawford, age 12
Kent, OH

My Voice Is

My voice is the Chinese wallow tree's rustle in the wind. My voice is in the ways the leaves fall and come back every spring. My voice is the cycle of the world rotating. I want the cycles to continue - the leaves to die and grow.  My voice is the Chinese wallow trees growing, growing, growing.

Esther Luo, age 18
Baton Rouge, LA

My Voice Is

Take away the world's hunger and give fulfillment instead. Take away the violence and give peace instead. I want acceptance instead of rejection.

Kyle Wharton, age 18
Tampa, FL

My Voice Is

My voice is flowers blooming in spring. My voice is the truth the world should hear. My voice stands for those for those who think their alone. My voice craves, my voice jumps. I want your girls to feel proud not let down. I want to make a real difference. I want to soak in the sun. Take back harsh words and give love.

Mindy Tran, age 18
Chicago

My Voice Is

When the world is at peace, I am at peace. My voice is at war, I am also at war. This world is my world it represents me. When the world is good, I am good.

Oliver M., age 12
Woodsworth

My Voice Is

My voice is pink, My voice is a piano. My voice stands for kindness. I want to be a good friend.

Mallory, age 6
Kent, OH

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for the children who want a chance for family. A chance to be who they are.

Moira Ledinsky, age 24
Twinsburg, OH

My Voice Is

My voice is strong and lasting. My voice stands for sanity in a world of insanity. My voice tries to penetrate noise. I want people to listen more and talk less. We have 2 ears and 1 mouth. My voice is like a big tree with deep roots.

Garret, age 52
Kent (the best city), OH

My Voice Is

My voice is blue like the sky I like it when it is sunny it is pretty <3

Miranda Cranendonk, age 9
Akron, OH

My Voice Is

My voice is a sunburn aching red with restlessness to heal the void - a lacuna turned cavern -- a cool, luminous azure pool calling our voices to silence, to rest. And then rise -- Rise --Rise

Heather Bryson, age 45
Akron, OH

My voice is singing through gargles but the song still comes out. My voice is rough, my voice is ringing, my voice is tired.

Terence Cranendonk, age 56
New York, NY

My Voice Is

My voice is a cicada, crawling up from underground - to shed its hard shell to dry its wings, to fly and to sing.

John Bryson, age 49
Akron, OH

I Want

I want to be empty and listen to the voice of eternity.

Debona
Italy

I Want

Take my flash and burn it with your love.

Debona
Italy

My Voice

My voice is a plant growing in the sun.

Anonymous
Kent, Ohio

My Voice

My voice is a bright pallet of colors.

Anonymous
Kent, Ohio

My Voice

My voice is a singing soul.

Anonymous
Kent, Ohio

My Voice Is

My voice is the wind of peace around the world.

Afrah
Saudi, Arabi

I Want

I want you to think abut your university age daughter / son walking across KSU campus on May 4th, 1970 and being struck by a bullet... Do something today to promote peace, love, and understanding.

Rebecca
Kent, Ohio

My Voice

My voice can work into people's hearts.

Jennifer S.
Cincinnati

My Voice

I want to live in peace. I want to change lives. To live for the present and the future.

Jennifer S.
Cincinnati

My Voice

My voice can be heard. My voice can be ignored. My voice can be different. My voice can change the way of life.

Jennifer S.
Cincinnati

Give & Take

I give people my heart when they are sad.

Audrey
Kent, Ohio

Give & Take

My voice is peaceful and warm.

Audrey
Kent, Ohio

Give & Take

I want people to get along

Audrey
Kent, Ohio

I Want

I want peace on earth. I want people to get along. I want people to have food.

Molly Wiler
Kent, Ohio

I Want

I want a fairy, a pumpkin, sunglasses, a hat. I want some roses, a toy lego helicopter. I want a stuffed pillow, a phone. I want not a strap dress. I want my own bedroom!

Evie Myers
Willie

I Want

I want a studio and fan art

Helen
Akron

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for finishing field hockey games. I believe women's sports matter too. It's not about football, baseball, and men's basketball. Everyone matters.

Carleigh Wiler
Kent, Ohio

I Want

My voice is muffled joy a soft pillow its palms pressing on fabric

Chelle
Boise

My Voice Is

My voice is a pebble, like most peoples are, unnoticed, small. But if thrown in someone’s face, a pebbles can be as noticeable as the mothman statue’s booty

Josh
Cuyahoga Falls

I Want

My voice is muffled joy, a soft pillow, its palms pressing on fabric

Chelle
Boise

My Voice Is

My voice is caught in a mind prison, its fists pounding on steel

Chelle
Boise

I Want

I want a future

Madeline Steward
Columbus, Ohio

I Want

Take back your convenience and give us longevity

Madeline Steward
Columbus, Ohio

I Want

My voice is the protest of a young girl demanding change

Madeline Steward
Columbus, Ohio

I Want

My voice is the roar of the wave crashing on a trash-littered beach.

Madeline Steward
Columbus, Ohio

My Voice Is

My voice is an Eagle Soaring. My voice stands for helping. My voice is helping my community. I want an end to my communities' hunger. Give back service above ones self. And support all community needs. My voice is Rotary

Steve Bugenske 58
Boston Hts, OH

My Voice Is

My voice is strong. My voice stands for love. My voice is going. I want family happiness take back ego's and give us kindness. My voice is love, love, love.

Debbie %7
Boston Hts, OH

My Voice Is

My voice is exponentially more powerful joined with the voices of others

Maya Niesz Kutsch 18
Kent, Oh

My Voice

My voice wants to make a change, but often never leaves my head. My voice could make a change, if the rest of me stood behind it.

Chloe Niesz Kutsch 16
Kent, Oh

I Want

I want to give E for Evelyn

Evelyn 3
Kent, Oh

I want peace get people together and discard haters forever

Haifaa Faqeih

I Want

I want to give somebody a car because I like to drive cars.

Charles
Kent, Oh

My Voice Is

My voice is heard more than others due to the paleness of my skin. My voice is a giant, a loud speaker, yet there are others not so fortunate. I want the day to come where I don't have to worry that the life of my loved one will be taken by a bullet at the hand of someone with my complexion. I want the day to come where the voices and lives are heard of people other than those that look like me.

Kaeley
Seattle, WA

My Voice Is

My voice is a shaky voice, yet strong. The environment needs me to give voice. I want to leave the world better than when I came. Stand with me to protect the Earth. My voice is shaky but strong. I want the Earth to live.

Linda, 76
Kent

My Voice Is

My voice is seen through my hands.

Saffron Shahriari, 6
Stow, OH

My Voice Is

My voice is heard through movies.

Cyrus Shahriari, 16
Stow, OH

My Voice Is

My voice is a good reading voice. It sounds like rain falling to the ground.

Harrison, 7
Kent

My Voice Is

My voice is loud and strong. Sometimes I can be a little too loud, I want you to know that when I'm loud I'm not always being mean

Holden, 11
Kent

I Want

I want happiness and sunshine everyday. Finding it slowly.

Mary, 22
Cleveland

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for love and community. My voice stands for the children who can't be heard. I want everyone I meet to feel loved, safe, and comforted. I want people to know that they matter. My voice is full of color, sunlight, and love.

Jaylin VanHorn, 22
Cleveland

I Want

I want empathyto be a trait that is automatic not learned. I want it to be like breathing or blinking or a heartbeat. I want empathy to be....

Gregg Pahls, 45
Kent

My Voice

My voice can hush a crowd. My voice can calm the seas of rumbling footsteps. My voice shouldn't be unaccounted for. My voice tells those with empty words to hush and those with purpose to sing.

Kyra Pahls, 17
Kent

My Voice Is

My voice is the rain on the roof. My voice is the silence of snowfall. My voice stands for the new world. My voice shouts. My voice falters. I want actual change driven by the new generation. I want to take bigotry and give understanding. My voice is rolling clouds, rolling clouds, rolling clouds.

Miranda Johnson, 21
Novi, MI

My Voice Is

My voice is a mother. My voice is a friend. The world is in need of peace until the very end. My voice is the truth. The children of the world deserve a peaceful sleep.

Joy Pahls
Kent

My voice is controversial, angelic, yet powerful. Deep thoughts of objection at use, I plan a war in which I use no harm or violent escapes. Instead, I take the head on route as I speak words filled with depth, giving way behind my sadistic background.

Mahrrean Greer, 16
Cleveland

My Voice

My voice is meant to be heard and my voice is strong and powerful because I am important.

Josephine, 9
Kent, Oh

My voice stands for the people that are broken and need a helping hand.

Olivia Princehorn, 21
Canton, Oh

My Voice Is

My voice is not the sky. My voice has no limit. The sky is not the limit if space exists. My voice stands for freedom. My voice is loud, proud, and mine

Nacoya Rivers, 16
Cleveland

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for equality -- for women and men; for all creatures; who are our brothers and sisters; for the waters and wind and soil that are our life.

Kathleen Jackson, 46
Brunswick

Give & Take

My family suffers a lot of pain. My voice hungers from food. I suffer from pain the most. I feel like a bullet.

Ray, 11
Akron

My Voice Is

12345, my voice is alive, one step in front of the other, to a place together.  Three more lines for a completed poem. Five but it's another day on the one earth we have.  Still alive

Anonymous, 30
Dayton

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for those whose struggles are unspoken.

Katlyn, 19
Akron

I Want

I always want to be an actor because I can voice act because I love movies so, so, so much.

Lee, 10
Akron

My Voice Is

My voice is awesome and pizza and tacos.

Ian Mikula, 8
Kent

My Voice Is

My voice is peace, love. My voice is pizza and tacos and donuts and call.

Ike, 9
Kent

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for those unable to speak. What I want is to help the voiceless to be heard.

Lynne Shayko, 37
Parma

My Voice Is

My voice is shaking and strong. It strains and hurts. My voice is love and flows. My voice is all of me.

Colleen Thoele, 44
Cuyahoga Falls

My Voice stands for

I stand for the vulnerable, those who can't speak, those who never have and those who never could. I stand for them because their voice gives me strength.

Nic Shayko, 34
Parma

My Voice Is

My voice is LOUD. My voice eats ice cream. My voice is crazy. My voice loves. My voice is heart.

Lola Thoele, 8
Cuyahoga Falls

My Voice Is

My voice is angry sometimes. My voice is nurturing sometimes. My voice is always loving.

Marim
Kent

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for all the children in the world, scared to go to school everyday. My voice is the color purple, calm and powerful. My voice stands for those who can't. My voice is amazing.

Anonymous, 13
Kent

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for all the people who don't have a voice. And to show everyone does.

Kayla
Kent

My Voice

My voice was beaten and broken but now is proud and confident My voice has as always been my voice, loud but has more meaning now than ever before. Listen if you're willing.

Jeannette Hebing
Bath, Oh

I Want

Peace is important for society to continue. Peace is all encompassing

John Macchetto
Pittsburgh

My Voice Is

My voice is peace for everyone, for everyone to be kind to help lead the blind, let's make and set a sign for generations behind

Ashley Marchetti
Pittsburgh

My Voice Is

My voice is the voice I want to be heard each and every day, encouraging positive and thankful thoughts

Diane Marchett
Pittsburgh

My Voice Is

My voice is a sign, a movement, peace. My voice is a sound, a feeling, terror. One is needed, one needs beated down

Kelci Marchetti
Pittsburgh

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for change... embrace change with open mind and open heart. Growing is living.

Kim Stone
Ravenna, Oh

My Voice

Speak your mind remember to be kind different opinions matter fear and hate should scatter

Diane Meter
Cleveland

I Want

My voice is so sad. It should have never happened, hopefully we all learned something

Carlton Williams
Seven Hills

My Voice Is

Though my voice may be quiet, I stand strong on my feet, I refuse to start a riot but my problems are not obsolete just because I love all genders doesn't mean I'm any different. The fact that I'm lgbtq+ won't be my ender just being myself is sufficient

Kenzie Compara, 13
Hudson,Ohio

Give & Take

Complications are intricacies to the loving eye.

Sylvia
Kent

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for women, so everyone else knows we are stronger than we look. More powerful than the strength they think we don't have.

Sha Baker
Indiana

My Voice Is

My voice is like the light the way it flows. My voice is like the law the way the history and truth flows out. My voice is soothing like rain drops or a waterfall. My voice is my voice and it will be heard.

William Dixon III
Cleveland

I stand for children being helped, feed the children and also help imagine the homeless. My voices stands for how you would feel if you had nowhere to go, your heart would be broken

Anonymous

My Voice

I use my voice to sing. I use my voice to talk. I love you. I love dogs.

Harper Fisette
Kent, Ohio

My Voice Is

My voice talks. I use my voice to tell silly things. I use my voice to ask questions. I use my voice to spread happiness.

Emmett Metz
Kent, Ohio

My life has two sides. The bright, sunny side: It's where the art comes from, it's where my voice comes from, and it's my center of peace. The other side is dark and blazing: it's full of negatives, anger, and a voice full of hatred. You might think that I hate one side and favor the other but I need both. They balance me and make my voice bold yet kind. My balance is in my center and that's how I'll stay.

Amelia

I Want

We want to keep the earth green so let's keep it very clean

Clara
Kent

I Want

My voice stands for peace, people's love. My voice stands for people's understanding, people's generosity. Where did it all go?

Renata
Stow

I Want

I never thought the world would remain this broken, yet standing Divorced - but together. We may look different, speak different languages-yet aren’t we all breathing the same air? Just trying to stay alive?

Kaliska Williams
Columbus, OH

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for justice My voice stands for change

Kylie Casenhiser
Green, Ohio

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for acceptance and love for everyone

Catie
Green, Ohio

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for love hope and a better future for everyone

AJ
Akron

I Want

I want all world leaders to listen to the voice of children; to endorse the UN proposal that all children have the right to clean air to breathe.

Terri Cardy
Kent

I Want

I want love for everyone. I want freedom to be in everyone's hearts. I want my light to shine, to guide the lost to new found love. I want everyone to experience true happiness

Latricia, 19
Cleveland

I want to be brave enough to finish this poem. I want my voice to be able to express the love that I am scared to feel.

A. Nichols
Kent

I Want

I want smiles and laughing. I want dancing in the rain. I want clear sunny skies. I want clear sunny skies. I want good morning and good night. I want good connections. I want everyone to love unconditionally.

Allison Goulbski, 15
Tallmadge

I Want

I want people to understand that it is okay to have different opinions and that just because someone has a different opinion doesn't mean we don't respect them

Macey Wood, 16
Ravenna

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for student not quite adults, not quite children, stuck voiceless in the in between

Madison Wood
Ravenna oh

Give & Take

Joy comes in the form of a smile from a stranger. It's the smallest, most powerful gift

Bridget Walkerfull, 45
Ravenna

My Voice Is

My voice is filled with empathy, love and caring. My voice fills the ears of the young with hope for the future

Jeremy Tawney, 39
Cuyahoga Falls

I Want

I want civility, respect, and human decency back in our country. I want a new generation of leaders

Sheena Zadai, 37
Cuyahoga Falls

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for equality, that is what I stand for. I want world hunger to go away and for everyone to respect each other everyday and no matter where you go

Zachariah Wojnicz, 21
Kent

My Voice Is

My voice stands for world peace across all nations. I want kindness to be a common trait among all people. I want respect towards everyone. I want that nobody would be poor, hungry, or without love. My voice stands up for those who do not have one

Rachel Beatty, 20
Hinckley, Oh

My Voice Is

My voice is warmed by the love from the sun

Michelle, 51
Kent

My Voice Is

I am calm. Blue is a color, COLD Lay down, Sound of the trees

Daniel, 7
Tallmadge

My Voice Is

My voice says quiet down, I am sad. Yellow is a color I think of. Maybe I can watch a movie.

Wesley Schmitt, 5
Tallmadge

My Voice Is

My voice is the sound of wind in the trees. The thunder of waves high on rough seas

Raven, 25
Kent

My Voice Is

Much like the Lorax, I speak for the trees If they're not helped, the world will be brought to its knees So if you care like I do, help the planet, please

Helena, 26
Kent

My Voice Is

My voice roils, angry as a raging forest fire.

Kim, 24
Zanesville

My Voice Is

My voice is singing. My voice is reading. My voice is talking.

Leah, 6
Ravenna

My Voice Is

My voice is the calm of the night. I would love to see no racism. To have world peace would be awesome.

Darrick Jordan
Cleveland

My Voice Is

My voice is a strong stone wall. My voice says no more blatant injustice but my voice roars in silence. I want to see people communicating peacefully in harmony with their authentic selves, teaching the next generation, endless, unconditional love. My voice is a strong stone wall.

Valerie Sanner
Kent

I Want

I want back my freedom as the bird once flew soaring high in the blue skies. I want peace and tranquility that we once had. I miss the old times where there was no fear of color, or skin, or preference, or faith. I long to feel the rain splashed on my face and embrace what comes. I want the truth to be heard as fierce as the crack of thunder, resonating loudly. I want people to wake up, be safe in who they are, where they are. This is what I want.

Lorianne Dixon
Kent, Oh

Repetition

I stand for the peace, the time it comes. I stand for the crime fighting, giving their life for me.

Hannah Miller
Cleveland, Ohio

Give & Take

When the battle is done and the war is won, who will decide when the peace has begun and who will turn away from the sun?

Carolina Tellado
Mayfield, Ohio

Give & Take

Take away my empathy. How I feel so much. For those who feel nothing for me. Take away my knowledge I never realized the bliss of ignorance until I no longer had it. Take away my hands for I will forever use them to fight back.

Maggie Hall
Mayfield Village, Ohio

I Want

I want a president who promotes peace, not the building of a wall.

Argie Ball
Mayfield Heights, Ohio

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for all of the women who are too scared to share their story.

Genny Kootsounadis
Mayfield Heights, Ohio

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for love and peace. My voice stands for joy. This voice of mine stands for the courage of others. My voice stands for you. My voice stands for love.

Tina Longino
Mayfield Heights, Ohio

I Want

I want to go to school not scared I will never see my mother and father again.

Olivia Nicolli
Cleveland, Ohio

I Want

I want the shootings to end. The bullets to drop. The children to run. Be free, enjoy what they have.

Kam Smith
Mayfield Heights, Ohio

I Want

I want you to Be Yourself

Emma Barker
Cleveland, Ohio

Repetition

I use my voice to stand for those who can no longer for those who were robbed of their rights their rights to speak their rights to believe their rights to stand for themselves.

Maddie Foresta
Mayfield Heights, Ohio

My Voice Is

My voice is just like yours and his, and hers, and theirs IF and only IF we synchronize them as one to broadcast the noise we need to hear.

Sarah Carlile
Cleveland, Ohio

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for the women who endure eight hours of incessant, immature slurs because of their tight, black skirts and low-cut blouses, only to return home at the end of the day with twenty percent less than their worth.

Gianna Sarnrak
Highland Heights, Ohio

My Voice

My voice blooms flowers in the garden of wisdom, stems growing with strength and power, leaves encompassing my rigid opinion, petals blooming with my lovely respect for the perception.

Emily Direviaus
Highland Heights, Ohio

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for those who are unable to be bonded by law because a wedding between two men is "unethical."

Jon Caryl
Mayfield Heights, Ohio

My Voice

My voice echos the whispers in my head, still bending to meet the needs of others. My voice longs for a microphone, to announce what I don't have the power to say louder than a whisper.

Laura Laws
Mayfield Heights, Ohio

My Voice Is

My voice is who I am as a person. I stand tall for what I say or believe. I am who I am, to become me. My voice, my soul, power and endowment is who I am. And I am proud.

Morgan Williams
Mayfield Heights, Ohio

Give & Take

Take the greedy hand from my mouth so I can speak my truth.

Julia Montani
Mayfield Heights, Ohio

I Want

I want little girls to realize they will grow into their science sets.

Madeline Kless
Cleveland, Ohio

I Want

I want change. I want to be able to enter a classroom without fear ringing in the back of my mind. Do we have to live in constant fear that we will go home and see our family? I want change.

Teneya Caronchi
Mayfield Heights, Ohio

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for the boy across the street, trembling in fear of if the simple goodbye while getting out of his car this morning to his father would be the last.

Molly Appell
Mayfield Heights, Ohio

My Voice

My voice echos the voice of so many others, shouting, "Let there be peace!"

Owen Arbaugh
Cleveland, Ohio

My Voice stands for

MY voice stands for the students in the back of the classroom, the students who struggle with grades when really they're meant to excel in something much more. Schools pick the students with the better test scores but not the student with the best art skills or an imagination so creative they could write a book. Test scores should not be what makes a person. Their talent speaks for itself.

Ilona
Mayfield Heights, Ohio

I Want

I want to make a stand and lead others to a better way of thinking; everyone has potential.

Sincere Lucas
Cleveland, Ohio

I Want

My voice is a drive of encouragement. My voice is a change to our society. My voice gathers all color without labels including blue. My voice is going to grow and spread change around the world.

Sincere Lucas
Cleveland, Ohio

I Want

I want students to stop thinking a letter determines their self-worth. I want women and teens to stop thinking that a number determines their beauty. I want people to stop seeing me as a stereotype. I want my sister to stop believing she is only pretty with straight hair. I want my brother to believe he is safe walking alone at night.

Comey McCollum
Cleveland, Ohio

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for a windmill in a hurricane

Raymond
Bath

My Voice

I’m finding my voice. I am using my voice. I'm freeing my voice. I'm expressing myself. My voice is becoming strong.

Fred Pierre
Kent OHIO Portage

My Voice

My voice does not waver; its thirst will not be quenched. Its threaded fibers connect all like a fifth-grade friendship bracelet big enough to wrap around the width of the world.

Elena Brem
California

My Voice

Give us back the ones we have been selfish enough to take away.

Elena Brem
California

Repetition

What I want to see on campus: daffodils, daffodils, daffodils.

Patricia L. Magee
Richfield, OH, USA

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for elusive peace, where are you? In my thoughts, you are there, Crying to escape the confines of my brain, Seeking release in the turmoil that is the world. My every word, every action must speak peace. Or I am but a noise maker, as others Who came before me, or will come after. Seeking elusive peace.

Vanessa Courie
Tallmadge, OH USA

My Voice

My voice ever-blooms, showing the flowering of conflict resolution, taught on the campus where flowers were offered to fearful soldiers. Viewed through the cloud of fear, contorted to seem as weapons.

Nancy Ann Smith
Amherst, Ohio

My Voice

My voice aches for the whole world to truly open its eyes and hearts to the peace we can have instead of opening their mouths to spew destructive hate

Eric Mansfield
Akron, OH

I Want

I want time to fly back where things are simple, and the smallness of life fill my dimple.

Ying-Fang Hsia
San Gabriel, California

My Voice Is

My voice waits to sing for our needed release to dawn

Diane Pearl Gallagher
Mount Vernon, New York

Give & Take

I want to breathe in the black, oily smoke of suffering and transform it into the radiant light of compassion, straight from my heart-mind to yours.

Barbara Hefty
Cancun, Q. Roo, Mexico

My Voice Is

My voice is a finally liberated scream, ready to join the dreams of the voiceless

Katia
Kent

My Voice Is

My voice is a call to reunite with the world of poetry to find peace

Alejandra Monroy
Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

I Want

I want to find the treasure hidden in a bloody field.

Jeffrey Wattles
Stow, Ohio

My Voice Is

my voice echoes the spring wind of peace throughout the year

nina freedlander gibans
Cleveland Ohio

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for those who stood and cared for life over death

Larry Smith
Huron, Ohio

My voice is my voice— a muted trumpet longing to Jazz June but playing instead Stars and Stripes forever My voice is my voice— a temperate day longing for the humidity of August in NC and praying for a thunderstorm My voice is my voice— hurry up and wait how long will it take, Momma Momma, why don't you just make it happen? My voice is back then, is way back when When? When brown children didn't get blown up every damn day but the media only cares when children that look like me get shot (Was there ever such a time?) My voice is my voice

Jackson D Smith
Chapel Hill, NC, USA

My Voice

My voice is quiet strength, speaking softly but with determination and intention for the greater good. Lean in to hear me

Karen Gajewski
Aurora, OH

My Voice

My voice unfolds then folds again

Lisa Testa
Akron, OH

Give & Take

Take this poem and bring peace

Jeff
Kent

I Want

I want a world with no pseudo borders, keeping me away from my brothers and sisters, we are all the sons of Adam and Eve OR Adam and hawwa OR Manu may be, we all go way back to the world with no pseudo borders, a world home of one big family

Nancy Tomar
India

My Voice

My voice wishes to reach everyone

Ana Maria
Ohio

My Voice Is

My voice is as soft as rain.

Jane
Akron

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for strong mothers and strong daughters.

Stephanie
Philadelphia

Repetition

My voice is Ohio, Ohio, Ohio!

Dre
Kent

I Want

I want green grass, fall leaves, white snow, and hot sunshine every day.

Denise
Akron

Repetition

My voice is trumpet, trumpet, trumpet.

Robert
Pittsburgh

I Want

I want people to love for the sake of loving

Justin
Aurora, OH

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for the migrant, the child far from home

Ethan
Canal Fulton

My Voice

My voice ascends over fists of anger

Olivia
Kent

My Voice Is

My voice is a seagull searching for safe harbor.

Sally Burnell
Kent, OH

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for a clarion against oppression.

Gipko Family
Pittsburgh, PA

My Voice

My voice is heard the loudest when I do not shout.

Charlie Dunn
Kent, Ohio

My Voice stands for

Take back assault rifles, give our children a chance.

Gipko Family
Pittsburgh, PA

I want people to have the choice to follow their own path on the journey of life

Moira ledinsky

My Voice Is

My voice is like the rain hitting the window

Ryanne Locker
Perry OH

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for putting a stop to violence in schools.

Kaitlyn Leasure
Canton, OH, USA

I Want

I want bullets to be a horror of the past. I want arms to be the kind that hug.

lemon
Missouri, USA

My Voice Is

My voice is like fireworks

I
Emily

I Want

I want the oceans singing in the legs of ants to heal the broken heartwood of firs and cedars

anonymous
edge of Turtle Island

My voice is the beginning of Peace

Molly Mains
Kent, OH

Give & Take

Take back hate fueled by fear and give us understanding ignited with compassion.

Chrystal Shook
Kent Ohio

My Voice

My voice rejects the bullets of rage, the burst of misunderstanding.

Jeff Kersh
Jackson, MS

My voice stands for welcoming and including every person into our community

Karen Beck
Kent, Ohio

My Voice

My voice longs for your voice, for harmony.

Paula J. Lambert
Columbus, Ohio

My Voice Is

My voice is peace, there is no war here my voice is love, you are never alone my voice is light, to help you come home

Caroline Menzies
Owen Sound, Ontario

I Want

I want children's voices to be heard when they cry for peace!

Jodi Birch VanDyk
OwenSound, On. Canada

I Want

I want mothman, or a person dressed similarly, to kiss me in my $30 Walmart kiddie pool as we hold hands beneath the bright summer sun, I want there to be more sun in summer and more feathery moth-kisses.

Josh
Cuyahoga Falls

Give & Take

Take back the waves and give us full rising moon.

Mary
Akron

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for the girls with poetic hearts, hectic minds and tired souls

Allyson Nichols
Massillon, OH

Repetition

My voice is joy, joy, joy

Anonymous
Kent State University Student

Repetition

My voice is fight, fight, fight

Anonymous
Kent State University Student

Repetition

I want to live, to live, to live

Anonymous
Kent State University Student

Repetition

My voice is endless, endless, endless

Anonymous
Kent State University Student

Repetition

My voice is rippling, rippling, rippling

Anonymous
Kent State University Student

Repetition

My voice is stuck, stuck, stuck

Anonymous
Kent State University Student

Repetition

My voice is for hope, hope, hope

Anonymous
Kent State University Student

Repetition

Take back those who don’t believe and give us a meadow full of wildflowers

Anonymous
Kent State University Student

Repetition

Take back the violence of our people and give back the voices of the unappreciated

Anonymous
Kent State University Student

Repetition

Take back the carbon, give back the trees

Anonymous
Kent State University Student

Repetition

Give life to the ocean and take back the trash

Anonymous
Kent State University Student

Repetition

Take back the bullets and give back a lifetime of books

Anonymous
Kent State University Student

Repetition

Take the hatred boiling to the surface and gives us love that covers the world

Anonymous
Kent State University Student

Repetition

Take back our shame and give us pride

Anonymous
Kent State University Student

Repetition

Take back our tears and give us harmony

Anonymous
Kent State University Student

Repetition

I want to live though there is no sound

Anonymous
Kent State University Student

Repetition

I want to feel secure when I take my daily walk to class

Anonymous
Kent State University Student

Repetition

I want to be the hope for all lost and injured animals

Anonymous
Kent State University Student

Repetition

I want no one to hunger for anything

Anonymous
Kent State University Student

Repetition

I want people to listen to the Earth

Anonymous
Kent State University Student

I Want

I want all women to be praised

Anonymous
Kent State University Student

I Want

I want to stop the burning of our forests

Anonymous
Kent State University Student

I Want

I want to help heal the hearts of the broken and battered

Anonymous
Kent State University Student

I Want

I want the world to open its eyes

Anonymous
Kent State University Student

I Want

I want the lost to be remembered, honored, to have more impact than just today

Anonymous
Kent State University Student

I Want

I want change in the world, add hope back into hearts

Anonymous
Kent State University Student

I Want

I want people not to think about caste and religion

Anonymous
Kent State University Student

I Want

I want to see the unseen

Anonymous
Kent State University Student

My voice is quiet like the night yet strong as a storm

Anonymous

My voice is like a lion in the jungle

Anonymous

I want a paper flag in the wind, not constrained by the shouting voices of return

Anonymous

Repetition

My voice fights against all odds

Anonymous
Kent State University Student

Repetition

My voice thunders

Anonymous
Kent State University Student

Repetition

My voice lives like bubbles

Anonymous
Kent State University Student

Repetition

My voice persists

Anonymous
Kent State University Student

My Voice

My voice amplifies

Anonymous
Kent State University

My Voice

My voice slices

Anonymous
Kent State University

My Voice

My voice has not and is no longer

Anonymous
Kent State University

My Voice

My voice longs. My voice searches

Anonymous
KSU

My Voice

My voice runs through the forest

Anonymous
Kent State University

My Voice

My voice sings, rad and sweet

Anonymous
Kent State

My Voice

My voice shrieks and deepens

Anonymous
Kent State University

My Voice

My voice lingers

Anonmyous
KSU

My Voice

My voice stands for every mother’s lost lipstick

Anonymous
Kent State University

My Voice

My voice stands for the children crying in cages

Anonymous
Kent State

My Voice

My voice stands for every story cut short

Anonymous
Kent State

My Voice

My voice stands for those without one, loud enough to scream

Anonymous
Kent State University

My Voice

My voice stands for all the people hiding from the cold

Anonymous
Kent State University

My Voice

My voice stands for all of the small trees

Anonymous
Kent State University

My Voice

My voice stands for silence in a pandemonic din

Anonymous
Kent State

My Voice

My voice stands for every woman who lost their freedom because of a forced baby

Anonymous
Kent State University

My Voice

My voice stands for every teen lost to a bullet

Anonymous
Kent State University

My Voice

My voice stands for every person forced to hide who they love

Anonymous
KSU

My Voice

My voice is the soul of the lost, wandering through the night

Anonymous
Kent State University

My Voice

My voice stands for love, for peace, for all those who were silent

Anonymous
Kent State University

My Voice

My voice stands for power, a cry out for change to the universe

Anonymous
Kent State University

My Voice Is

My voice is a whisper of reassurance, echoing above the chaotic cacophony of confusion

Anonymous
Kent State

My Voice stands for

My voice is the trembling of train tracks during winter

Anonymous
Kent State University

My Voice stands for

My voice is a flower popping out of the ground after a harsh winter

Anonymous
Kent State University

My Voice Is

My voice is a field of sunflowers, a granite memorial

A field of sunflowers, a granite memorial
Kent State University

My Voice stands for

My voice is the tallest tree in the Amazon

Anonymous
Kent State University

My Voice Is

My voice is the morning dew that covers the grass

Anonymous
Kent State

My Voice Is

My voice is a summer breeze taken by cold weather

Anonymous
Kent State University'

My Voice Is

My voice is a boulder, a river, a shot gun

Anonymous
KSU

My Voice Is

My voice is a cherry blossom tree’s petals gracefully falling to the ground

Anonymous
KSU

My Voice stands for

My voice was once covered by the sounds of glaciers falling

Anonymous
Kent State University

My Voice stands for

My voice is a paving stone on the road to things greater.

Anonymous
Kent State University

My Voice stands for

My voice is my power, my tool, my burden to hold

Anonymous
Kent State University

My Voice stands for

My voice is a crashing waterfall into a tranquil lake

Anonymous
Kent State University

My Voice Is

My voice is a rainbow ranging from one color to another

Anonymous, Kent State University
Kent

My Voice stands for

My voice stands for Justice, the mother of Peace.

Toomas Tubalkain
Mantua, Ohio, USA

My Voice Is

My voice is an echo of hundreds before my voice is reaching toward a common goal

anonymous
columbus ohio

Give & Take

Take back our walls and give us doors.

Peter M.
Kent, OH

I Want

I want a universe of poetry, a galaxy of ever-expanding peace.

Stevie
Stow
Launch me