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Yes ,my essence turned into lit passion, as I tenderly brushed my doubts at night to hold unto truth and slay my dragons; a gang war between bold cliques, so contrite. When I rejected the Junior league’s pleading my batch-mates scorned, hissed at me with disgrace; alone, they ousted me from our circle’s ring that losing dear friends tore my peaceful space. Yet, in conscience, self’s boundaries I kept Till smiles pealed to rise above youth’s trial, And the old pack beckoned, gaining its respect To learn that fury was one bitter gall.
~ Teens involved in gang activity is higher than 772,500.If your teenager is involved with a gang, chances are that he or she is also involved in violence. From ........................ Shadow Hamilton's I Did It My Way Contest 6/18/2014

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  1. Date: 6/23/2014 4:30:00 PM
    Ahh!! Great quality poetry!! Way to go with this win..Congrats..Sara

  1. Date: 6/22/2014 3:26:00 PM
    A powerfully passionate tale of coming of age.. So much weighs on our choices.

  1. Date: 6/22/2014 12:37:00 PM
    Congrats on a fine win!!!!

  1. Date: 6/21/2014 10:50:00 PM
    Nette, Congratulations, on your win..... Love SKAT

  1. Date: 6/21/2014 10:12:00 PM
    Nice win ...PD

  1. Date: 6/21/2014 8:25:00 PM
    Congrats on your win Nette...

  1. Date: 6/21/2014 5:29:00 PM
    Creative angle to this theme, Nette. Being outlawed/out-casted because of taking a stand is brave yet commendable. Good for you!! Congrats on a merited win. // paul

  1. Date: 6/21/2014 3:57:00 PM
    popping back with my congratulations - a well deserved win. Hugs Jan xxx

  1. Date: 6/21/2014 2:50:00 PM
    Nette a very lovely creative ! Perfectly u cud do it ur own way ,, great words n a wonderful message out there too ,, congrats on huge win !

  1. Date: 6/21/2014 2:16:00 PM
    Hi Nette, please accept my congratulations for a big win. Wonderful write which I thoroughly enjoyed! Warmest regards!

  1. Date: 6/21/2014 1:48:00 PM
    So glad you did not succumb to pear pressure to join a gang. You might be here today if you had, Nette. This poem carries a powerful message. Congratulations!

  1. Date: 6/21/2014 1:09:00 PM
    Excellent poem in the contest. Glad to see it on the winners list, Nette. Congratulations.

  1. Date: 6/21/2014 12:21:00 PM
    Stopping back with a congratulatory hug

  1. Date: 6/21/2014 10:10:00 AM
    nice take on the theme and congrats nette for a wonderful win. Mohan

  1. Date: 6/21/2014 8:34:00 AM
    well stated Nette a strong poem on a heart breaking subject congrats on placing 3rd and for your support hugs

  1. Date: 6/21/2014 7:33:00 AM
    Hey Nette, a belated congratulations/apology for not reading your wonderfully written poem before I had to go off on a trip. I have read it now and certainly see how it placed on the winner's list. I'm back in town and will return to my specific comments relating to your winning poems for future contest. Again, sorry I couldn't respond sooner. But what a great work you have accomplished!

  1. Date: 6/21/2014 7:28:00 AM
    Oh what a message, sometimes it is a struggle to make it through the teen years, and to have that gang pressure, dang, hey grats on third for shadows contest, as always Nette you are amazing :)

  1. Date: 6/19/2014 12:25:00 PM
    Very heart touching dear nett....leaving lasting pictures on the heart...

  1. Date: 6/18/2014 5:48:00 PM
    Sometimes it is hard to break away from the pack,,,especially at a young age when we are looking for social acceptance ....beautifully written...hugs Tim

  1. Date: 6/18/2014 4:47:00 PM
    Hi Nette, when i was young I was also in a gang trying to fit in, then I grew up to become a loner, and do things my way. I loved your poem, my friend. I would never have pictured you as a gang person. glad you grew out of them....peter