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Appropriate

A kindergartener sang a song
about Jesus for a talent show.
The audience buzzed with
a loud agreement
of how simply adorable
the girl sounded and looked
as she spouted her words
about how Jesus loved her
and our bodies are weak
but Jesus is strong.

An eleventh grader stepped
onto the stage with confidence.
A guitar sat silently between his
hands as he settled onto the
stool under the microphone.
His lips shifted carefully as
he dedicated his performance
to soldiers and the awful
side of things us civilians
do not see.

He began to sing, words
drifting over the heads of
the attentive audience.

The guitar stopped crooning
along with his voice and he
uttered an apology under
the tape slapped over his
mouth.

A song of war,
silenced.

A black bar shaking
uneasily over the words
he could have spoken.

He didn't believe in
censoring the arts
despite the demands
of the school
and simply
walked off of the stage.

As the girl who sang about Jesus
proudly held up her prize,
a song lay broken
under her feet.

Under the eyes
of Jesus.

Last few words: 
I recently went to see a school talent show. I'm still slightly confused as to what is appropriate for schools and what is not.
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Comments

Imagine if he had sung "Alice's Restaurant"!

Lies for children are not protection, they are abuse.Why do you take your child to a school that teaches evil myths and lies?

cheers,
Jess
Neopoet Directors

is almost corrupted everywhere. Rarely you'd find a school that would meet your
child's needs and satisfy you as a parent who pay not a little amount of money to
wishing the child would learn something that helps him/her in the future.
It is here the same. You hit the nail with your words.
However, culling some lines here and there would make
that piece more effective.

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would replace compulsory religious education with classes in ethics.

cheers,
Jess
Neopoet Directors

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