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30 Years in Love (Louis Toliver Jr. - Swartz, LA)

In 3 years, we discovered love was a roller coaster 
But can time be the glue that binds us? 
Our relationship clicked on the tracks upward

In 6 years, we built a life on our love
We figured out our rhythm in 3-line stanzas
Hands up in the air, we soared into the dark

In 9 years, we lost each other in ourselves
Problems spiraled that could have been solved
Riding a future that couldn’t hold us together

In 12 years, we found each other in solutions
Though times were tough, but we were smooth
The good times we never took for granted

In 15 years, we fought the sadness
The waves of self-doubt and fiction
But happiness is the ride that we caught

In 18 years, we faced a storm of confusion
Rejection, acceptance, heartache, and joy
We fought hard, tough, fast, and eager

In 21 years, sickness tried to creep up
We were more prepared to sneak down
So, no worries, our love makes sense

In 24 years, we almost came off the tracks
But we were each other’s handle bars
Jerk to the left, jerk to the right, we held tight

In 27 years, we restated our vows from the heart
To be proud and true forever and ever
I regret nothing about this love ride

In 30 years, our strength has been tested
There is no question that our love is stable
Not even this rollercoaster can come between us

Our love transcends time and it is stronger than glue


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Legacy of the Future (Ted Richard-Church Point, LA)

One day, a very large owl appeared in my dream. Its rainbow colored feathers showed Only the wealth of wisdom that had been Amassed throughout its lifetime.
And then it spoke to me “Legacy of the Future” And then flew away.
It’s strange to me how a dream can be So distant yet so relative, So blurry, yet so vivid; So imaginative, yet so real.

I spent many of the next years Wandering and wondering. Wandering through my childhood, Wondering where life would take me. Wandering through my adolescence, Wondering which path to choose. And wandering in my young adulthood Wondering if the choices I made would ever mean something.
And then I remembered the dream. “Legacy of the Future” And I knew exactly what the owl meant.
From that day forward, Each day I dwell on each moment As a way to become the person I envision myself to be: Honest, Strong and Proud. I am honest about my successes and honest about my failures. My failures become opportunities, and leads to more focused direction. I am s…

When I Look into the Rainbow I See (Bisquita Stevens-Broussard, LA)

When I look into the rainbow I see
Blues like the sky and greens like grass to grow.

When I look into the rainbow I see
Yellows like the sun that gives me the Vitamins that my skin needs. When I look in the rainbow I see
Purples and oranges that make flowers look so Vibrant into my eyes. When I look into the rainbow I see
Red that stands for hate the same hate that is why a lot of us can't marry the person that we love with all our of heart. Isn't red supposed to mean love? Red hate, just because I love someone in my own sex.
I also see hate in my own Gay community. Who cares If I can't wear the Latest fashion because of money that I don't have? It should be what is in my heart. Stop the hate and stand together as one.

Superman (Jennifer Chehardy-Lafayette, LA)

I thought you were Superman. Taking off Brave. No gear. No fear. Kryptonite? Pffft!  Muah! So you thought. But discovered When you landed, there lie your krypto. The green glowing rock of  The familiar, routine, ordinary. What next? Another flight. But how? After you've worn the cape. Es-cape. Leave the cape. Only to discover you are Clark Kent. And he is Superman. Maybe not in flight but in person. Be that person With or without the cape. The story still ends the same. Get the girl. Know your weakness. Always a hero Just sometimes in a different place. When you were flying I said Who is that? A bird? A plane? When you landed I saw you really were Superman.