Value This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

Admit it; you think my intelligence is
Bothersome, but, I’m not going to
Create a front of stupidity.
Declare your weaknesses;
Evidently you fear me.
Forget it, you don’t intimidate me with your
Groaning after every time I speak,
Hateful comments about my skin color not being “pure” like yours
Ignorance is learned;
Jealousy, in her most vile form.
Keep leaking your arsenic,
Letting it poison anyone within six feet of you.
My confidence can’t be destroyed, and
Neither can my words.
On the other hand, your
Pompous doubts about my
Qualifications to be confident are
Running out of drive.
Seriously, continue
Tantalizing me with your snarky
Useless words rapid-fire from your tongue.
Value is a word you haven’t learned, but I’m sure
Your parents are proud.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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SecretNonConformist said...
Nov. 28, 2010 at 4:18 pm
What an amazing poem! I'm serious! It was sad in some parts, a little humorous in some parts, and most of all uplifting. I really want to hear this poem performed.
smb101 said...
Oct. 26, 2010 at 9:23 am
I love this! Everyday I'm faced with those people. The people who see your confidence and they use it against you. For example, since I started to grow in my own skin comfortably, I haven't been able to build on a long term friendship. I know that it's because my values are those that most teens don't understand or take enough interest in to "tolerate." Thanks for posting this,because you aren't alone and it's good to know that neither am I.
whispersofthenight said...
May 25, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Great job!!!

You skipped Z, by the way, but I think it's perfectly fine without it

Brittney A. said...
Jan. 13, 2010 at 3:20 pm
Wow. I'm blown away! Your strength and confidence was evident throughout your piece.
WriterFanatic This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
May 4, 2010 at 5:00 pm
Very Very GOOD!!
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