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Mob's Voice vs. Hero's Voice

a poem for two voices inspired by To Kill a Mockingbird

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Student Samples: High School

a poem for two voices

by Sean, ninth grade poet

Voice #1:

Being a guitar

is a rough job.

I have six strings.

I am constantly hit with a piece of plastic.

My neck is very long.

Tuning is very tedious.

My sound is awesome.

A guitar rocks.

Voice #2:

Being a violin

is a luxury.

I have four strings.

I have a soft bow glide over me.

My neck is a tad small.

Tuning is a simple task.

My sound is majestic.

A violin soothes.


Homeless versus Businessman:
a poem for two voices

by Miguel, ninth grade poet

Voice #1:

Have you got some spare change?

Well then, hook me up.

Come on, man, you’re rich.

You’re going to tell me you can't give me any spare change?

You’re a jerk; you can’t share your wealth.

You can’t give me spare change in your pocket?

So you’re not going to give any money?

Voice #2:

No, go get a job.

Not even if you took a shower.

Look man I’m a businessman, not a charity helper.

No, it’s for my wife and children.

Look, man, I got to do my work.

No, I’m not your dad.

Fine, man, here’s a penny - get yourself something.

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