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Freedom (poem)

Skylar Whalen

My first words

I’m free

Oh my goodness

I’m finally free


When you become trapped 

Freedom becomes a forgotten 



Your tongue 

Forgets how it tastes


Your shoulders feel lighter 

When the chains are gone

Your body becomes 

Your own again

And not 

A currency


Now it’s time to pick up the 

Broken pieces of yourself

Scattered across the floor

And teach your heart that 

You are worthy


Teach your lips to say no

Because you matter and

Your boundaries matter


Boundaries and comfort

Are not to be 

Traded or compromised


Your worth, freedom, and purity 

Are not to be a commerce for 

Appreciation or 

Acceptance or



Real love

Won’t build a cage 

Or chain your wings


Real love flies 

Alongside you

As you both scale 

The mountain



And you will be




But don’t forget to


Or that chain will 

Keep you tethered

And you won’t even 

Make it 

Off the ground.

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Skylar Whalen
Skylar Whalen, Editor-in-Chief

Skylar Whalen is a senior. She is this year's editor-in-chief. Skylar enjoys painting, singing, and playing softball. She is a huge animal lover and works with dogs outside of school. Skylar plays competitive softball and hopes to play in college. She is excited to help other writers succeed and grow. Skylar can’t wait to work with new people and produce engaging stories for the community around her. She also enjoys having the excuse to write about herself in third person and make her seem interesting.

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