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When I speak of Carolina, cicadas sing in my memory
and I want to shout so you, little sister, might understand
the way a creature smaller than my hand can stand
with its brethren and shake my arrogance, how each
of their voices alone are just the sliver of a whisper -

but singing together they become thunder.
I was talking with my sister about the reason voting is important.
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brain-tree Apr 12, 2013   General Artist
Ah, sweet Carolina

This is incredibly beautiful, bordering on the sociopolitical category too, which its always nice for me to see more politically driven work. I feel like we have a shortage of that of late.

That first line really drew me in on a personal level, as well. There's something about the word of their home that has a power over Carolinians, it's strange. Lovely poem though, glad I gave it a read.
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LiliWrites May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I am going to retire there one day. Some place near the outer banks. :) There's no place quite like it in the rest of the country.

I'm glad you enjoyed the poem, and appreciate the political comment behind it.
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Vanshira Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
There's no place quite like it in the rest of the country. <- Important words, those. When applied to any place in any country, whether it's the same place or even the same country you were born in, it means you know where home is now.
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LiliWrites Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I like this comment. I rather wish we had a way to collect comments now. :) 
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beautyinreview Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
GENIUS metaphor. And I love the image of cicadas standing together, a little army.
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LiliWrites May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks very much! :D
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leyghan Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wonderful. That last line makes quite an impact.
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LiliWrites Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:heart: Thank you.
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kamcalste Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I also agree that the metaphor is amazing! :) Really impactful and elegant. Awesome work!
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LiliWrites Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks! :D
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