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.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Before the Curtain Rises (Madison Elizabeth Holland-Lafayette, LA)

Stiff cardboard toes covered in satin
Tap nervously against the polished wood
The director walks slowly in a circle
Muttering under her breath
Burning lavender incense to calm frayed nerves
Deep breaths, sheen of sweat glistens
Gesturing through future movements
Reminding muscles of what they've done
A million times in front of mirrors
Now is the crucial time, under the glaring lights
One run-through out of thousands
To spell their worth against the vaulted ceilings
Measure their success by the audience
Quick hugs, quivering muscles, sweaty hands
But when the lights go down and the stage is dark
Everyone finds their center, a hushed stillness falls
Suddenly they know they are performers
A look is shared before the fixed smiles come down

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