What We Love - Mr. Harris’ Third Period Theater Class, Breathitt High School with Pauletta Hansel
What We Love
by Mr. Harris’ Third Period Theater Class, Breathitt High School with Pauletta Hansel
I love love.
Love is all I got.
I love my cat, her pink toe beans and her tiny teeth.
I love my rabbit, for which it is so soft.
There are many things I love.
I love my parents and the roof they put over my head.
I love my friends, all giggly and funny,
just talking about the future after school
or about pointless topics.
I know it is not unrequited love,
for they make it known.
I love the experiences I have with them,
the lessons I learn from them.
What I love isn’t easy to say.
Love doesn’t simply go away,
just changes in perspective.
I love the way he cares for his friends.
If they ever need them he is there.
Hand in hand we walk through this world.
I love this feeling.
I’m a simple man: I love potatoes.
That is all I love.
I love a world that comes into existence
when you press a button: 2-D, 3-D!
It may not be the same, but in this world I would like to remain.
Even though I say I love nothing, I love everything.
I love raisins,
the voices in my head,
how the cold weather touches my skin.
Yet at times my heart is filled with despair.
It confuses me.
Theater is a passion, my forever love.
I’ll never forget the moments from Beauty and the Beast and Little Shop.
I’m free to be me, crazy as a bat.
I love being alone to practice my craft,
the pen in my hand
as my messy scribbles turn to masterpieces.
I love myself
for never letting anyone tear me down
and for believing in myself.
I love myself; I love my emotions and my own love.
There is no one like me and that’s why I’m amazing.
I love every aspect of all of these things—the good and the bad.
So if you are confused about yourself and life,
Today’s question is a simple one, though your answer may be complex: What do you love?
By Mr. Harris’ Third Period Theater Class, Breathitt High School (With Pauletta Hansel, “Our Breathitt” artist)
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