The Louisiana Social Pledge

We pledge our allegiance to Louisiana. We will embrace what makes us and our state unique. Louisiana will be recognized as a leader and innovator of the New South. Many great leaders of the future will come from this state. And we will show both the media and politicians that we are smarter than them. We will no longer have our resources exhausted and our people used and left behind. We will work hard and play hard. We will protect each other. We will support each other. We pledge that we will do whatever we can to get these things in motion right now. We will no longer wait for a path to be cleared for us. We will clear the path ourselves. And we ain’t giving up easily. We will socialize in the real world just as well as we do on the internet…in hopes to organize ourselves effectively.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

I Should Live My Life Like The Leaves (No Fear) (James Leland Ludeau III - Lafayette, LA)

End of summer
Watching clouds explode in the sky
The light no longer white hot
But golden as I bask in it
I feel the glistening sweat run off of my body
And like the unrealized dreams of summer
Evaporating before they touch the ground
I realize in this moment that I'm content
That life is a masterpiece
That nothing, even the searing heat of summer is indestructible
Everything is forced to change
Shapes shift
Seasons change
We give way to what's next
There's order to the chaos
There is a beauty to time
A comfort in knowing it will not cease for anyone
We are all given a fixed number of moments to live
I close my eyes
I feel a dry, warm breeze graze my skin
The humidity has retreated today
Fall beckons
the green foliage will transition to browns and reds and oranges
And I should live my life like the leaves (no fear)
Let myself be carried by the wind
To change
It's exciting knowing that nights will soon be cooler
The smells of autumn
The crunching of leaves beneath my feet
And by the time we grow tired of the cold
Summer will triumphantly return
Ripe with opportunities to create memories under its blazing sun
I close my eyes in thanks
I feel the seasons inside of myself
I am open to change
I am changing
the earth and i have more in common than i thought
on the surface we are forced to change
but underneath we remain calm
wisely i am embracing this newfound state of mind

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