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Everything I do + One Mistake = Yelling and No Thanks This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

I do my best,
But you don't care.
You see all the mistakes I make;
Never the good things I do.

I go straight from school to another,
To pick up the two youngest siblings;
Taking them home with me to do chores and homework.
Never do I get one thanks.

At 5 p.m. the third and fourth siblings get home.
I make them do their homework and chores;
Feed them if you're not home by 6:30 p.m.
Never do I get one thanks.

But today.
I fell asleep after the other two got home,
And because they didn't do their chores right – didn't eat,
I got yelled at – again no thanks.

I can't do one thing wrong;
You depend too much on me;
That's what you say.
No thanks again today – just yelling.

Excuse me for making one mistake.
Excuse me for being tired.
Excuse me for having a bad day.
Why don't you yell at me for it? – never mind you've got that covered.

You're tired when you come home;
Don't want to act like a parent.
Oh, you poor thing – I'm 16;
How do you think I feel – especially when I get no thanks?

I try to do my best,
But that'll never be good enough for you.
So just yell at me,
And don't thank me – like always.

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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This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 17, 2009 at 10:42 pm
Oh my God this is amazing. It's really relatable. I feel this way a lot. I watch my little brothers-2 and 4 years old-all the time. I get good grades in school, I'm even in all honors. I do whatever my step-mom asks me too. But never do I get a thank you. But when I do a single thing wrong, like loosing her lense cleaner, suddenly I'm a terrible person!
kennedy_rowzz said...
Oct. 11, 2009 at 11:20 am
I loved this!!! keep writing.
~*The-Broken-Hearted-Girl*~ replied...
Oct. 20, 2009 at 4:41 pm
this is good. keep it up! :)
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