From every magazine the images
Scream the words that their silent
Mouths could never say. Across
The internet the messages
Multiply, grown a thousand-fold
By the monetary minds that seek
To grow their profits
At the expense of the youth.
They’re told what is the right way
To look, to act, to dress,
And through it all this mess
Of images, replaces whatever truths
Might have been. The dream of what
Could be is replaced with the lie
Of what now should be. And all
Who strive for a different star
Cannot be allowed to see
That what they are is just as good
As the mute images that invade their minds
And silence the scope of childhood dreams.
Violence guarantees that the hold is not broken.
All who resist are shoved down and left –
The true reason for their punishment unspoken
By those who dictate the futures of generations
Striving to see more than the television
Tells them is theirs for the taking.
Victimized youth, don’t believe all the lies.
There is so much inside you that is not defined
By the labels you wear or the attitude
You are expected to carry. You’re worth everything
Just because you are living, no matter the lies
That are fed to you daily. Don’t let the façade drown
Out the true voices, the voices that tell you
You’re worth more than this. Your life gives you value
And you need nothing more to determine your worth.
So drown out the lies with the cry of your voice.
They may not dictate our lives or our choices.
Culture is defined by what we wish it to be.
It is not for them to shape the way we
Will step into the future, and make it our own.
So put down the knife and get rid of the pills
And silence the voices that cry to us still.
You are never alone; your loneliest cry has been heard.
And no matter the message, just remember your worth.