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Random Poem:

Gavroche's Peace
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The name’s Gavroche.
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You probably know me from that
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trashy novel Les Miserables,
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which, by the way, does a terrible
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job depicting what actually happened
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to me.
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So I got hit by the gunmen,
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right? Well, in real life,
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I dodged every shot.
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I’m not without my wings
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man. I beat that situation
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with my flight over fight.
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You’re probably wondering
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what I’m doing in America.
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I got sick of all the c’est la vies,
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if you want to know the truth,
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and wanted that all-American burger
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over my gruel.
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I’m still poor, but I steal
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that cupcake every once in a while,
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to prove a point,
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to show off my wings.
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I’m no angel, though, but I’ll
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tell you this—I treat everyone
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with kindness, share my bread,
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sing my song and share my dance—
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but call out the Javerts when
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I need to prevent potential betrayals.
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I love my patch,
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wear it like my dissent,
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and yeah I have yellow
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teeth and a dirty face and ragged clothes,
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but I’m only sporting the street look,
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which I must say I do very well.
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I hate Victor Hugo and
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partially despise Rousseau.
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Not sure about Voltaire;
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I have a love-hate relationship with
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his work.
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Live the revolution!
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You want to save the world,
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step in front of that cannon
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and actually avoid getting shot,
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oui?
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Yes—us. It’s about us! I have a vision,
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panoramic perfection,
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where the view is always sweet,
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where freedom of choice
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knocks out oppression twenty-four seven,
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where love conquers hate.
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You wanna know why I
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am the only misery-struck victim
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that’s actually happy? It’s cuz I don’t
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sweat the small stuff, I don’t give up,
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and I don’t get caught
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up in all the drama, the hate.
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I find beauty in the dirt and sun,
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and I always will.
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I show off my wings for a reason, you know.
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The system wants to strip me
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of my innocence, but it runs deep.
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There’s so much to be happy about.
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So much to appreciate!
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I am a free ray of light,
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‘tis the fault of my spite.
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I love even when it stings,
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‘tis the fault of my wings.
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I’m proud to be a quiet warrior,
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a silent sparrow,
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and if you get caught up
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in the mythos of misery,
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you’ll never be happy.
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Another thing that people
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don’t know is I had a
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crush on Cosette. She knew
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misery better than me. But hey,
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she’s a good match for Marius, right?
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Right?
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Well, I won’t keep you waiting.
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There are countries we could be saving,
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and this bird needs to fly.
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Remember, smile when the burden
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hurts. It gets easier after a while.
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Trust me. This life is not pain.
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This life sings in the rain.
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It outshines all the negative
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things, like a gamin spreading
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his wings for the first time.
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A child taking his first step.
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I am an instrument of choice,
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‘tis the fault of my voice.
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I quietly show you the path,
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‘tis the fault of my wrath.
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