A Faceless Room


Screens as far as you’re willing to see–

That’s all that’s important for everyone but me.

 

Technology is everywhere, it’s bending all our necks

our lives are full of Facebook, of tweeting, and of texts.

 

White lights beaming, illuminating, frustrating

In “awkward” situations pacifying and placating

 

Put it away. Put it somewhere–your back pocket.

Close the tab, hit the home button, make the screen go black and lock it

 

Technology destroys us, it empowers us, divides us

Nearsightedness consumes us, it numbs us, misguides us

 

If I am in a room with you, I expect to hear your voice

You do not have to be on-screen, no, therein lies your choice

 

In a room full of people, I only see blank faces

Surfing around on the internet, away in far-off places

 

A faceless room filled with empty joy

An entire existence dependent on a toy

 

-Lindsey LaBrie

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United, Divided


Look for the vast diversity

on the faces of the university

A globally represented community

consisting of 25,000 and me

 

Unite through Husker fandom,

sing “Hail Varsity” in tandem,

making waves without an ocean;

one drop sent into motion

 

One letter, N, unites us

One petty thing divides us:

 

Implicit discrimination

which seems to sweep the nation

is present in this house of learning,

the fires of rage are openly burning

 

the sideways glances,

the passive stances,

the fat jokes,

the frat jokes,

the “no means yes”es

and the “look at her dress”es

 

carrying pepper spray at night

preparing to put up a fight

always looking behind,

keeping vulnerabilities aligned

 

Because “boys will be boys”

and girls are just “toys”

see the hatred unfold

‘neath the scarlet blindfold

 

Open your heart and you will see

that this is bigger than you or me

Fight for my rights; I’ll fight for yours

even if we come from different shores

And if we be from the same nation,

then I will make the same proclamation:

 

Humanity unites us all;

united, we stand

divided, we fall

 

Lindsey LaBrie

A Fire


Hi. Time for a poem. I may or may not be using this blog more often. We’ll see.


 

This feeling that’s fading should fade away fast,

Its only intention is one, aside, to cast;

 

An afterthought aching for the spoils of tomorrow

A tenuous fortnight of time only borrowed;

 

It is easy to split a pair into one,

harder to remain than it is to run;

 

Comradery? That barely scratches the surface

Associates associate, to do things with purpose

 

What we did was something that friends wouldn’t do

So now, in this moment, how can that be true?

 

Perhaps it was fear that split it apart

or a lack of reciprocal views, to start

 

But do not proclaim a lack of a “click”

That argument’s moot; the deception is thick

 

This “friendship” is something that can’t be rekindled

The embers have died, the tinder’s been swindled.

 

-Lindsey LaBrie

To Germany!


To those of you out there who don’t know already, in the late months of last year, I applied for a Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Scholarship through a company called Youth for Understanding. What that basically means is that, if I was chosen, I would receive a scholarship which would enable me to live abroad and study at a German high school for the next school year. (For free.) I had an interview at the beginning of the year. Earlier this month, I received an email saying I am accepted to the program! Since then, there have been a whirlwind of papers to fill out, forms to send, and documents to sign. I have two orientations to go to, one in June and one in July. Only two more months and I will be on my way to Germany! And as I write that, I am thinking to myself, “That is not a very long time from now!”

Pretty soon I’ll have to start packing!

I’ll be exposed to a different culture with different lifestyles, traditions, fashion, food, and a whole bunch of other things. I’ll also come back fluent in German. This will open my eyes to different things and for that I am hopeful as well as grateful.

There are probably a plethora of other benefits that I could write here but there are so many things that I will do that I can’t even imagine yet.

All-in-all, I am very thankful and grateful that I am accepted to the program. I’m sure I’ll keep you guys updated on the happenings in Germany. It’s not for two more months, so all you can do, for now, is sit on the edge of your seats until I’m actually there!

–Lindsey LaBrie

A Soul’s Music


In the depths of a soul

lies a story untold

It’s something that lives in the dark

 

It’s something not old

It’s very much bold

A music, soothing as a harp

 

It speaks with a voice so timid

And it sings a beautiful tune

As for passion, it knows no limit

And it wishes to not meet its doom

 

However, alas there are roadblocks

Which commonly get in the way

Listen to the clock as it tick-tocks

And maketh thine thoughts think astray.

 

Hope, even as it plunders

As the papers fade to white

The glory lies in the thunder

And the lightning seen in the night

 

Sing your song

and laugh along

But know this from me to you

 

No thing remains

So please refrain

From wishing it may be true

 

–Lindsey LaBrie

2013 Resolutions!!!


So, as cliché as it is, I’m making a New Year’s Resolution. Last year’s didn’t really pan out very well, so I’ve decided to reach for something a little more achievable. Drumroll please!

I’m going vegetarian! (Seems like a popular craze)

I just feel so bad about eating a dead animal. I mean, a ham and cheese sandwich tastes AMAZING, but… I’m trying to change. I’m going to have a healthier lifestyle. And I know, I could be healthy AND eat meat, but I don’t want to.

I already exercise for an hour and a half every day after school, so I’ve given myself a leg up on being healthy already. Plus, I attempted last year to be vegetarian and it lasted about 2 weeks at most. I’m hoping this lasts all year. Yep. all 365 days of 2013! I believe in myself, so I can do it.

What’s different from my last attempt at being a vegetarian is that I really had no planning involved. This time, I’ve looked up how many calories I need to consume, how much protein, calcium, zinc, and other vitamins I need and the foods that would correspond with each category, and I made a list. I figured out how many calories I need to intake in order to lose fat, even. I calculated how many calories from fat I need, calories from protein, and calories from carbohydrates I need.

This may seem a little obsessive, but I really want to give this a chance. I want to actually complete my resolution. Last year, it seems like they were unreachable. I mean really, talking like Shakespeare? Reading ninety books? Ok, I could have done the abs thing, but not really.

This year I’ll complete it! And I’ll like it. Wish me luck!

The End.

ThAnKs FoR rEaDiNg!

–LinLaB7 🙂

Can it Be True?


It is true! I actually am posting a poem today!

Here it is. I wrote a while back, it’s called “Questions”.

 

Does a weeping willow know only feelings of sorrow?

With its branches ever drooping,

swaying sadly in the breeze?

Is a heart trained to know only love?

When it feels pain,

does it shrivel?

Does the alley cat wish for love and abode?

To, for once, be cherished by someone dear?

Does a head of cattle know it’s horrifying fate?

That it will soon become dinner?

The answers lie deep.

Some questions remain questions.

Do unanswered questions feel neglected?

Hurt in a personified way?

Omniscience, the only way to know for sure.

Though none have such knowledge.

–Lindsey LaBrie (LinLaB7)