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What does it mean to survive?
Does it mean to lie and prey on innocent people for your own success?
Or is it to be the best at everything you do?
Is it to learn from trial and error?
Or is it to find out what love is and who truley loves.. you?

Does survival mean living another day with sanity?
Looking yourself in the mirror without vanity?
Is surviving protecting the ones you love with security?
Or is survival staying true to yourself with purity?

One's definition to survive can vary.
You can either let this world build you up,
Or tear you down slowly.
Survival could mean just seeing a new day.
Survival increases motivation and affects our habits on how we act
Or what we say.

Does survival mean being remembered with fortune and fame;
Or being able to sway all the dames with your charismatic ways?
However, some do not understand that we need each other.
We need the world to cooperate and feed each other.

Survival can dictate whether we exist as a planet or a community.
Love added to survival can bring forth unity.
It's okay to feel as if you need to achieve and succeed.
Just remember love can bring blessings, and help you believe.

Do not lose hope, keep your head up high.
Appreciate what you have and adore what's inside.
Inside meaning your life and your brain power.
Give yourself a hug, right now, this very hour!

I am proud of you, for the little things you do.
And one day I hope you'll be proud of me too.
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Submitted on August 28, 2013

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My name is Lanelle Taylor , I love to write. Usually because I'm a peacemaker outside of writing and do not express myself much especially if I think that it wouldn't make the situation any better, so I would write to escape. I apologize if my poetry is long, repetitive, or doesn't make any sense what so ever. It's more emotional than factual. ♥ Thank you for taking time out of your life to read and criticize. I try my best to say thank you to all the comments. Love all you poets out there, keep up the good work.Live . Love . Laugh . more…

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