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Virtues

From this wandering road I seek
Something different from everyone I come across
Something from which no one can give
But a journey to outlive us

I wish for what solitude cannot deliver
A wish from which warmth and kindness seep
From which belonging and comfort form
And what will forever be

I ponder of something obscure
For we find it a dangerous path to tread
But from this we find happiness
And a feat we do not yearn to miss

We plead for a feeling of compassion in a world of sorrow
For a light in all this darkness
And the glow of a smile
With a blissful story to tell

I crave of a confidant
For a family that does not end in blood
And someone to whisper my dreams to
For I will never be alone

-- Alex, 9th-12th Grade