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Bonnie F. Vining

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Original Villanelles by students of Langley High School

Dance is all that I need to be,
Capturing all that is poetry and grace;
Rhythm and movement transporting me.

With amazing talent and agility,
Many dancers have found their place;
Dance is all that I need to be.

Dedication and tenacity
Are reflected in the dancer's face;
Rhythm and movement transporting me.

Beauty and style, set me free,
A lasting impression no one can erase;
Dance is all that I need to be.

Art and elegance preserve my sanity
When my mind runs out of space;
Rhythm and movement transporting me.

Although dance remains a mystery
To many who can't match its pace.
Dance is all that I need to be;
Rhythm and movement transporting me.

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Do not give up your right,
Do not stay at bay,
You must not give up the fight.

If you know you're right,
You cannot just sit and lay
Do not give up your right,

You are very bright,
In order to be happy and gay
You must not give up the fight.

Lash out with all your might
Against people who want it their way
Do not give up your right

Even if you are not of great height,
Make the people stay,
You must not give up the fight,

Force them to flight,
Because they are your prey.
Do not give up your right,
You must not give up the fight.

You can always depend on your best friend,
The one person you can always turn to,
The one who will be there till the end.

They will always have a hand to lend
Whenever you are feeling blue,
You can always depend on your best friend.

They will always have time to spend
When someone needs to give you a clue.
The one who will be there till the end.

They will never be fake towards you or pretend
You can trust they will always be true,
You can always depend on your best friend.

Whenever you have problems, they'll be ready to mend,
And they will be there to guide you through,
The one who will be there till the end.

It is a strong bond that you cannot bend,
When you find the one to be there for you.
You can always depend on your best friend,
The one who will be there till the end.

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Summertime is long and hot.
The days are filled with laughter and play.
Of this time throughout the year, is thought.

Swinging into a lake from a rope's knot
Is an activity for an entire day.
Summertime is long and hot.

Days contain games of tag and being caught.
While running through sprinklers with hopes of catching a spray.
Of this time throughout the year, is thought.

Nobody cares about the bugs that receive a swat,
They are too busy refilling the empty ice tray.
Summertime is long and hot.

No teachers are giving our "food for thought",
For they too are catching a sun's ray.
Of this time throughout the year, is thought.

The break must end, like it or not,
But no one admits it, they are too busy playing in the bay.
Summertime is long and hot.
Of this time throughout the year, is thought.