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“The Lost Girl” Declamation
by dhang
I am a girl, young in heart and in mind…
I am carefree, I enjoy doing nothing
but play,play and play…
I seldom go to school but hmp! nobody cares!
Instead,you will see me roaming around 
standing at the nearby canto,
or hanging around at the sari-sari store
standing beside the internet cafe…

One day I asked, I asked my mother to teach me
how to behave, to live, and appreciate all the 
beautiful things in life.
Would you like to know what she told me?
She said… " Can’t you see, I have to hurry up for my 
majong session! " So I turned to my father to console me.
But what a wonderful word he did tell me… 
" Child, I have to finish my overtime work…Here’s 500 pesos, go and ask your teacher about that question…"

Sadly,I attended my class…
But I heard nothing but the echoing voice of 
my teacher,torturing me with her words…
" Hey yo lazy girl! 
Why waste your time studying those things?
When up to now you can’t even multiply seven by nine?
Go home and don’t bother me!!!"

I am lost…confused…I don’t know what to do with myself… Where are my parents to guide me? 
My teachers to give me inspirations? 
My friends, when I play?
I’m lazy and irresponsible.

When I try to study,
I get punished for not being able to answer.
Where now…I’m confused…
Somebody, please help me…
You say that the world is beautiful, 
why is it treating me this way?
Hear me please!
Help me please!
Help me…
I am lost…

Short Declamation Piece: Desiderata
Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in
silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons
than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,...
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