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Silence rattles
the conscious mind,
the states of sanity,
sets a cleave,
a divide, between the bold and coward,
borders the two sides;
it demarcates the ones worthy and the ones unworthy.

Voice speaks
the mind, body, soul,
between the rights and wrongs,
between people,
across barriers,
boundaries of color and tongue.

the gumption of the righteous,
the weapon of the righteous,
the enemy of the afraid,
the Deep Fear of the afraid,
the empty void in the afraid,
the badge of honor of the honorable,
the badge of pride of the honorable.

The ones
who have laughed
and have their hearts experience joy,
who have cried
and have learned from the hurt,
who have cheered
and shared the euphoria,
who have asserted,
and not let vice govern their minds, 
who have triumphed
and stood up tall and proud before the rest,
who have stood up for who and what they are,
who did not look back,
and who did not hesitate,
who let fortitude and gallantry be their anthem;
they thus possess the greatest weapons to stand unswayed for the days and years to come.

Copyright © Natalie Yap

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  1. Date: 5/18/2013 12:41:00 AM
    what an apt title this is for your message of standing for the right. I think you must have some very good principles..

  1. Date: 5/9/2013 9:28:00 PM
    Natalie, your poem is very enjoyable, :-) Wishing you a nice warm welcome to Poetry Soup. Wishing you the best in your writings. I hope you find this community to be one of the best. May you find inspiration by reading some of the poetry written here by other poets, and myself? If you ever want or need feedback on any given poem, please look me up by clicking on my name anytime you're on line. I'm looking forward in becoming your #1 poetry soup fan. Please keep me posted every time you post a poem <3 LUV ~*~SKAT"

  1. Date: 5/4/2013 12:51:00 PM
    about your poem: I like the free verse and the stance of the mind piercing into the thoughts of sanity. taking a stand should always come when needed... excellent poem..LINDA

  1. Date: 5/4/2013 12:32:00 PM
    Natalie, Welcome to poetry soup. My name is Linda; many poets on the soup call me PD for fun. If you like, please consider checking out my contest in the future. SOME ARE FUN : -) You can find the contest page by clicking on the top left hand side. You will find many different contests to choose from. I’m looking forward in reading and following your poems right now and the future. If you ever want or need feedback on a certain poem, please look me up. I can't wait to read what you highly recommend. You can always stop by and say hi if you like. Keep me posted when you post your next poem…. Thank you ~ Always & Forever *LINDA

  1. Date: 5/4/2013 2:26:00 AM
    Natalie this is an awesome write. I encourage you to keep writing and posting. Welcome to the Soup. Rick