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Article posted January 24, 2012 at 02:15 AM GMT • comment • Reads 120





If I could change the world,

I would end suffering,

and bring world peace,

everyone helping each other out,

instead of fighting shouts.

I would end bias thoughts,

I would make friends

instead of getting shot.

I would end hunger,

I would end getting sick,

I would end greed,

And end the power trip,

I would make everyone speak.

Instead of getting shut out,

The world happy and

no one doubts,

That they ain't worth anything.

No more problems for anyone

to be something,

No more depression,

No one would be second

guessing.

Everyone would have

confidence,

And no more empires,

no more fighting,

everyone happily

uniting.



If I could change the world, Everyone would have confidence for themselves, and know they have the power to overcome anything.





Matthew Petranovich



Text to Text : This reminds me of the stories we've been reading about changing the world i think they all have the same message.



Text to Self : I agree with the message of this poem that we should start to change our world so we can all enjoy a better life.



Text to World: I saw a story on the news a few weeks ago about changing the world one step at a time.

Article posted January 24, 2012 at 02:15 AM GMT • comment • Reads 120



Article posted January 17, 2012 at 05:48 PM GMT • comment • Reads 39

A Storm Called Change



  At first it was predicted to not be in range.


Years of lies and deceit


We had taken enough but scared to fight back, scared of defeat.


Years passed and years went.


Now all the money is gone and spent.


The storm grew slowly but is now out of control.


It started as a whimper and over the years grew into a vigilant patrol.


When I heard of the storm it made my heart ring think “could this be what I was waiting for? ”


The people have woke up and realized the storm is at their door.


“The storm is coming the storm is near.”


The time has come it’s time for change.


It’s never too late in this day and age.


A storm is approaching its called change.




Juan Socarraz



In this poem the author states that change is like a storm. Change starts small and grows bigger and bigger till it reaches your door step where you have to make a choice. This poem relates to the world because when chage starts some people don't notice and then it the change gets bigger and then people change.

Article posted January 17, 2012 at 05:48 PM GMT • comment • Reads 39



Article posted February 1, 2012 at 02:46 AM GMT • comment (1) • Reads 36

The song "Closer to the Truth" by cryoshell trully is a text to world connection. What is the truth behind the american economy? What is the ugly truth about all of those oppresive leaders in the east? Sometimes the answer is easy to find. Other times, not so much. Though we think we know the truth, how many times have you trully asked yourself, "is this the real truth?" That's what the american people are beginning to realize about the lies politicians say. The economy can be fixed in 4 years. Wrong, it will take 40 years to return the economy to what it once was. Replace one appliance in your kitchen and save hundreds! Wrong again, to doi that you would need to sell all fo your kitchen appliances. The world today is full of lies. Now, our job is to get, "Closer to thr Truth"

Article posted February 1, 2012 at 02:46 AM GMT • comment (1) • Reads 36



Article posted February 7, 2012 at 02:59 AM GMT • comment (1) • Reads 36

Some holes in my sidewalk are lying or always thinking in the past. It is important not to think in the past because you won't be able to get to the future and experience new things if you don't forget about your mistakes that you might have done in the past.

Obstacles are just like holes in the sidewalk you can't just around them or try to jump around them you have to think of smart ways to get across. You can't try to always concentrate on the obstacle that are in your way because you will will get stuck and won't be able to concentrate on things that are important and that matter.

Lying is a way to dig yourself a big hole in your sidewalk. As soon as you start a lie the lie gets bigger and bigger a soon enough people will get mad at you and you might lose some friends. It is never a good idea to start a lie with your friends or family or anyone for that matter. People will look at you like a liar because once you lie they will know that you lie so people won't trust you as much.

Finally, never commit to something that you can't keep your promise on. You can't say that you are going to do something for someone and then you say you never said that or you aren't going to do it that just isn't good.

In conclusion you shouldn't do things that you think that might get you trouble or in argue wih someone that you don't want to fight with.

Article posted February 7, 2012 at 02:59 AM GMT • comment (1) • Reads 36



Article posted January 17, 2012 at 05:33 PM GMT • comment (1) • Reads 38

Many says, I want change

Want change in my time

Want change in my life

I want a change badly

I want change, many say



They pray for a change

They wish for a change

They look for a change

But they will not change

They just wait for change



It never happens to them

It will never ever happen

By mere prayer or wish

It must start from inside

With tons of determination



Change is not so easy

It takes lots of time

So it needs determination

The will to make change

The will to see change



Then only things will change

Then only time will change

Then only life will change

So go and get change

To see the bliss of change



- Kranthi Pothineni



This poem reminds me of Mahatma Gahndi and Martin Luther King Jr. They wanted change, but they didn't wait around like most people. Instead, they actually took charge, and made the change happen. I'm not like them. I wait for change. I guess I'm not sure how to be the change I want to see in the world. I don't really take initiative in my life. I'm more of a follower, but I will take charge when no one else will. There are still many things that need to be changed in the world, such as government in some countries, living conditions, and many other things. There are people like Mahatma and Mr. King in this world, that are actually taking a stand to these problems, and be the change they want to see in their world.

Article posted January 17, 2012 at 05:33 PM GMT • comment (1) • Reads 38



Article posted January 17, 2012 at 05:28 PM GMT • comment • Reads 42

Text to text: compare the poem or song to another poem or story you've read

Text to self: apply the content of the poem or song to your own life

Text to world: explain how the poem or song relates to a situation in world history or that's going on somewhere in the world right now





The Road Not Taken

by Robert Frost



Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;



Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,



And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.



I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.











Lost Generation

by Jonathon Reed



I realize this may be a shock but

'Happiness comes from within'

is a lie, and

'Money will make me happy'

So in thirty years I will tell my children

they are not the most important thing in my life.

My employer will know that

I have my priorities straight because

work

is more important than

family

I tell you this

Once upon a time

Families stayed together

but this will not be true in my era

this is a quick fix society

Experts tell me

Thirty years from now I will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of my divorce

I do not concede that

I will live in a country of my own making

In the future

Environmental destruction will be the norm

No longer can it be said that

My peers and I care about this earth

It will be evident that

My generation is apathetic and lethargic

It is foolish to presume that

There is hope.



And all of this will come true unless we choose to reverse it.







This poem is kind of like the poem "Lost Generation". Both are about challenge. They''re about how when you have to make your own choices in order for things to get better. They are both poems about how, if people make challenging choices, things will change.





"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and sorry I could not travel both." Whenever I have to make a challenging decision that may or may not change my life, I wish I could see what would happen for each decision- travel both paths. Since I can't, I sometimes make the choice most people don't- the path asking for wear.





"Lost Generation" is a poem about how our generation is going to ruin society- unless we choose to reverse it, in which case our generation will improve society. Our generation will hurt society unless we choose to change it, in which case our generation will make society better than ever.

Article posted January 17, 2012 at 05:28 PM GMT • comment • Reads 42



Article posted February 9, 2012 at 05:03 AM GMT • comment • Reads 42

The Challenge

by Dr. Heartsill Wilson



Blessed is the man, indeed,

Who in this life can find;

A purpose that can fill his days,

And goals to fill his mind!



The world is filled with little men

Content with where they are;

Not knowing joys success can bring,

No will to go that far!



Yet, in this world there is a need,

For men to lead the rest

To rise above the "average" life,

By giving of their best!



Would you be one, who dares to try,

When challenged by the task;

To rise to heights you've never seen,

Or is that too much to ask?



This is your day--a world to win

Great purpose to achieve;

Accept the challenge of your goals

And in yourself, believe!



You will be proud of what you've done,

When at the close of day;

You look back on your battles won,

Content, you came this way!





This reminds me of the poem, " The Victor," because they both have a similar message: Try your best. This relates to me because I am always trying to push and challenge myself. This can relate to the war in Afganistan because this poem can encourage them to think more positive.





Article posted February 9, 2012 at 05:03 AM GMT • comment • Reads 42



Article posted February 9, 2012 at 05:06 AM GMT • comment • Reads 38

In LA class, we read a poem, "Holes In your Sidewalk," where it talks about what mistakes you made in life. My "hole" would be fighting with my older brother, Collin. We fight a lot and I don't want to anymore. To avoid fighting, we should try doing nice things for each other. For example, if I get him a glass of water or something, he will be nice and we will get along. To conclude, I hope we won't fight as much.

Article posted February 9, 2012 at 05:06 AM GMT • comment • Reads 38



Article posted January 17, 2012 at 05:40 PM GMT • comment (1) • Reads 38

I Wanted To Change The World

When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world.



I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation.



When I found I couldn't change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn't change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family.



Now, as an old man, I realize the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family. My family and I could have made an impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world.

~Author:Unknown Monk 1100 A.D.

Text to text:

This relates to "Change Your World" by Brian Tracy because both show ways that you can help the world just by improving yourself. The poems say that changing the world yourself is very difficult so you can begin smaller by changing yourself. By changing yourself, you can affect others who will affect more people and soon the goodness that you created will spread farther to achieve your goal.



Text to self:

This relates to myself because it shows me that by changing and improving myself, it can really affect others. Although I may be small, that little bit of change in my life can change others' lives too.



Text to world:

When Martin Luther King Jr. saw the need for equal rights to all people, he wanted that himself and by showing that it is really important, more people followed. Even though he made great impact in the world, it didn't just happen over night and in the poem, it shows that change takes time to be made.

Article posted January 17, 2012 at 05:40 PM GMT • comment (1) • Reads 38



Article posted February 24, 2012 at 01:06 AM GMT • comment • Reads 37

For my song I chose "It's a Brand New Day" By: Joshua Radin. The reason I chose this song is because it relates to new challenges or changes in the new year. I really like this song because it talks about making your past your past so you can focus on the present. Here is the lyrics of the song:



Some kind of magic

Happens late at night

When the moon smiles down on me

And bathes me in its light



I fell asleep beneath you

In the tall blades of grass

When I woke the world was new

I never had to ask



Its a brand new day

The sun is shining

Its a brand new day

For the first time

In such a long long time

I know

Ill be ok



Most kind of stories

Save the best part for last

Most stories have a hero who finds

You make your past your past

Yeah you make your past your past



Its a brand new day

The sun is shining

Its a brand new day

For the first time

In such a long long time

I know

Ill be ok



This cycle never ends

Gotta fall in order to mend



And its a brand new day

Its a brand new day

For the first time

In such a long long time

I know

Ill be OK



For my text to text, I would pick the lines that most stories save the best part for last. Also most have a hero. So it reminds me that it will end up okay and there will be a change like a hero.

For my Text to world I would pick the part about the moon shining down on me. It says it bathes me in its light. I think that relates to the world pretty well.

For my text to self I pick all of it. I like listening to this song on my iPod a lot. It reminds me that no matter what happens it will all be okay and it is a brand new day.

Article posted February 24, 2012 at 01:06 AM GMT • comment • Reads 37



Article posted February 27, 2012 at 04:18 AM GMT • comment • Reads 34

The song the I think is talking about a challenge is Eye of The Tiger by Survivor. This song is like the world because some people give up on their dreams, but others try their best to peruse them. In my life I am trying my best not to give up on my dreams. This song is like Don't Stop Believing by Journey. In the song Don't Stop Believing it says you shouldn't stop believing and trying to fulfill your dreams.

Article posted February 27, 2012 at 04:18 AM GMT • comment • Reads 34



Article posted January 17, 2012 at 05:48 PM GMT • comment • Reads 36

Some kings rule their kingdoms sitting down

Surrounded by luxury, soft cushions and fans

But this King stood strong

stood proud

stood tall



When the driver told Rosa

"Move to the back of the bus!"

When the waiter told students

"We don't serve your kind!"

When the Mayor told voters

"Your vote don't count!"

And when the sheriff told marchers

"Get off our streets!"

using fire hoses, police dogs and cattle prods

to move them along

This King stood strong

stood proud

stood tall

Speaking of peace

of love

and children

hand in hand

free at last

free at last



When some yelled for violence

For angry revenge

An eye for an eye

And a tooth for a tooth

He stood his ground

Preaching peace



And when some spit out hate

He stood there smiling

Spreading love

Until it rolled like the sea across the land

Sweeping away Jim Crow

Breaking down the walls

Ringing the bell

Joyfully

For Freedom



Until

Standing on the mountain top

They shot him

Coldly

Hoping to see him fall

Hoping to put him away

To bring him low



But this King

even in death

even today

stands strong

stands proud

stands tall

And we remember



by Jamie McKenzie



Text-to-text: This poem is like the other poems by Martin Luther King Jr.

Text-to-self: I can relate to this poem because I agree with Martin Luther King Jr.

Text-to-world: This poem relates to the world because the world has changed intensely since Martin Luther King Jr.

Article posted January 17, 2012 at 05:48 PM GMT • comment • Reads 36



Article posted February 23, 2012 at 09:57 PM GMT • comment • Reads 37

changes in my life



We sometimes say we need a change,

As a change is good as a rest

But often fail to ponder

If change is for the best.



When we feel change will do the trick

And it’s time for a change,

Do we really stop to think

And have a frank exchange?



For “change, for change’s sake” can mean

That, as our rooms have faded,

When we change the wallpaper,

The furniture looks jaded.



And if we change too many things

In way, or shape, or form

Then constant need to change occurs

And change becomes the norm.



And change becomes our mentor

As change succeeds each change

And every changeless constant

That stays unchanged seems strange.



And so, if you’re sore tempted

To spawn unneeded change,

Just change your mind and see that you

Don’t change it, for a change.

Ricky Baker



This reminds me of a story I once heard of (I can't exactly remember the name) where a boy finds a mand in the abandoned shed in the back of his new house. The boy had just undergone lots of change in example, places, friends, schools and others. He was frustrated with how this odd man acted and wanted to CHANGE him. Later in the story, the boy decided the man was allright the way he is and found he was an angle who took the boy to new heights in his life.

This brings up a good point to myself, too. I find that sometimes when nothing NEEDS to be changed someone will tell me to change something about myself or other things and guess what? I just change them.

This also brings up a good point for the world itself. We as humans and intelligent beings must fix any imperfection until they are completely PERFECT in every way and form. But isn't that against what everyone's been told since they were a child, that nothing can or will be perfect. And yet we always change everything!

Article posted February 23, 2012 at 09:57 PM GMT • comment • Reads 37



Article posted January 17, 2012 at 05:50 PM GMT • comment • Reads 36

Why?

By:Krysti Farrell

Why must children suffer, for the wrong we do?

Why must children pay the price for the ugly hate we spew?

Why must children have to cope with hunger and with war?

Why must children feel the wrath at Mother Natures core?

Why can't children just be free and learn the way of love?

Why can't children have no cares and love their God above?

Why should children have to worry about their future's air?

Why must they endure these things because we were aware?!

Why is the question we must ask to truly make things right.

Why is the question we must answer so we can sleep at night.

Why can't we now take the stand and help our children win?

THIS is why I take this stand and hope you all join in!



Text to text: This poem is like some other poems i have read. A lot of the poems i have read asking questions like this poem does!

Text to self: I wonder these questions all the time.

Text to world: A lot of the people in the world do not at all wonder those questions and that bugs me! people take food and education for granaite. They should look at these questions and see!

Article posted January 17, 2012 at 05:50 PM GMT • comment • Reads 36



Article posted January 17, 2012 at 05:58 PM GMT • comment • Reads 39

Don't resist;

Be flexible.

Don't be rigid;

Be supple.

Welcome change!

Each change

Is an illuminating opportunity

To knock at the door

Of fulfilling sweet progress.





Sri Chinmoy



Text to Text: In "Alice in Wonderland" she has to try many doors before she finds the right one.The door she opens is definitely a change.



Text to Self: In my house I sometimes walk into the wrong room. While i am in the wrong room I end up doing something comletely different. Every room has a new possibility.



Text to World: You have to be willing to change for it to happen. In the world you need to not be mad at the change but bend it to help you.



Article posted January 17, 2012 at 05:58 PM GMT • comment • Reads 39



Article posted January 17, 2012 at 05:59 PM GMT • comment • Reads 38

Hands

© Jherine N. Saine



I haven't forgotten

That I am just one person,

That I am but one voice

Attempting to stand out

From the crowd.



I remember

That I have fallen

Amidst the laughter

That surrounds me, and that sometimes

It gets too loud.



Source: Hands, Change Poem http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/hands#ixzz1jjmkK7zP

Family Friend Poems









This poem is similar to the Dr. Seuss book I have read called "The Lorax". The Lorax is trying to get everyone to change their ways to save the environment. he realizes he is only one Lorax but he can get others to help by "joining hands" with others. This poem fits into my life by showing that my opinion may not change everything but it can help make a decision. For example, at home I often never have a say, if I put in my two cents, it might make a difference in the final say. Agreeing with the Lorax, if we come together we can stop deforestation and environmental destruction. The world is severely suffering from these things. the world and this poem are very similar in that way.

Article posted January 17, 2012 at 05:59 PM GMT • comment • Reads 38



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