Month: September 2013
We will never forget the day that the towers fell,
the day that all of America stopped,
the day that our loved ones die.
We will never forget.
What lies beneath the surface of ourselves?
What lies in the words we do not tell?
Is it pain.
Is it sorrow.
Is it longing for acceptance.
Are there dragons beneath the surface?
Are there demons beneath the surface?
Searching for a way out.
Searching for a way above.
But maybe we are the ones beneath.
The ones beneath the surface.
The ones fighting for a way back up.
Above the surface.
The surface that traps us.
That makes us scream.
That makes us long for acceptance.
The acceptance of our dragons.
The acceptance of our demons.
The acceptance of what we are.
What we are; beneath the surface.
On the surface
You see nothing.
A lady lacking beauty
One without elegance or grace.
At a glance you find a simple girl,
No goddess perfect in any way.
Look behind my eyes,
Search every corner of my soul;
Only then will I truly be seen.
You’ll meet the girl who has nothing but gives everything for those in need
You’ll see my smile is created by a past of pain
Yet I laugh and love each and every day.
I have a heart who forgives quickly
As life is too short to hate.
In the depths discovered, you will find the friend you always wanted,
Too bad you already shunned me away.
Keep searching farther
I hold a light shining so very bright
Made only of pure love, hope, and peace,
But because of greed and those too conceited to see,
Under the surface is where my light will always stay.
Welcome back. It is again the first of the month, and of course that means a new issue of Courage for Tomorrow! We are so excited and happy to have you read it!
This issue is a special one. I teamed up with my local library over the summer, and they had a contest with us. The contest was a writing contest, of course, and it was based on “Beneath the Surface,” the topic of the summer reading program for teenagers. Participants were to write a poem or short story based on the topic Beneath the Surface or on the poster for the summer program. We have chosen two winners, one from middle school and one from high school, and their poems were included in this issue! Make sure to comment on those poems! Along with getting their poems featured in the magazine, they also got some prizes, including signed books by some reputable authors.
This issue is definitely special because of these writers, so we would like to also dedicate this issue to them. They took their valuable free time in the summer to do something creative. What a nice way to spend the summer!
I would also like to say a big THANK YOU to Ms. Sancken for hosting this contest and letting Courage for Tomorrow participate. You are the best! 🙂
We hope you enjoy! Stay tuned for news on October’s issue as it will also be a special one, seeing as it is our ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!!!!!
I thought that I would continue this post because I know that music has strong healing powers for some people. Who doesn’t like to listen to a good song?
Here are several songs that might inspire people who have been hurt:
1. Forgiven – Reliant K
2. Peace in the Valley – Kevin Costner
3. Fin – Anberlin
4. Love Saves the Day – Piotr Rubik
5. Savin’ Me – Nickelback
6. How Deep the Water Runs – Kevin Costner
7. The Unwinding Cable Car – Anberlin
8. I Was Here – Beyonce
9. Lose Yourself – Eminem
10. Savior – Black Veil Brides
11. Never Give In – Black Veil Brides
12. Second and Sebring – Of Mice and Men
13. Someone Somewhere – Asking Alexandria
14. This Song Saved my Life – Simple Plan
15. You are the Heart – Blood on the Dance Floor
16. The Good Life – Valencia
17. How to Save a Life – The Fray
18. Eyes Open -Taylor Swift
19. Tied Together With a Smile – Taylor Swift
20. Beautiful – Christina Aguilera
21. Who You Are – Jessie J
22. This is Love – The Script
23. The Fighter – Gym Class Heroes ft. Ryan Tedder
24. Perfect- P!nk
25. Who Says – Selena Gomez
26. Firework – Katy Perry
27. Hey You – Miranda Cosgrove
28. What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction
29. Only You Can Be You – Cymphonique Miller
30. Little Things – One Direction
31. Freckles – Natasha Bedingfield
32. Imagine – John Lennon
33. I Believe I Can Fly – R. Kelly
34. One – U2
35. Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars
36. Mean Girls – Rachel Crow
37. Let it Be – The Beatles
38. Times – Tenth Avenue North
39. By Your Side – Tenth Avenue North
40. Stars – David Crowder Band
41. The Sun Will Rise – Kelly Clarkson
42. Stand – Rascal Flatts
43. You Are Loved (Don’t Give Up) – Josh Groban
44. Hero – Mariah Carey
45. When You Believe – Whitney Houston ft. Mariah Carey
46. Where the Streets Have No Name – U2
47. The Climb – Miley Cyrus
48. You Can Come to Me – Ross Lynch and Laura Marano
49. Changed – Rascal Flatts
50. I Won’t Let Go – Rascal Flatts
51. Believe – Brooks and Dunn
52. I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack
53. Need You Now – Plumb
54. Lost – Michael Bublé
55. Marching On – OneRepublic
56. Heroes – David Bowie
57. Brave – Sara Bareilles
58. Little Wonders – Rob Thomas
59. Whip It – Love and Death
60. Hope – We Came As Romans
61. Son of Venice – Upon This Dawning
62. Same Love – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis ft. Mary Lambert
63. I Lived – OneRepublic
Thank you to everyone that contributed to the list!
Please, feel free to add more songs! We want to know what songs give you hope.