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I've heard it so often,
I've seen it so much –
and all I think
is, How Dare You?
How dare you put the blame on us!
Is it our fault we're growing up?
Isn't that what you want us to do?
You take away the fun
and leave behind the serious.
You say we're too young
to worry about certain things,
But at the same time
you say we're too old
to act like children.
As soon as something goes wrong
and you don't understand,
The first thing
to hit your lips is,
they're just being Teenagers.
How Dare You?!
We try to hold on
to the kid inside,
but now we're too immature.
We try to let go of the kid inside (and it's a crazy ride) –
now we worry too much!
What do you want?!
Don't you see
that who you want us to be
is driving us all crazy?
Don't you remember
what it was like?
The tears, stress, and worry?
The reason we say
you don't know what it's like
to be a teen today
Is because you never stop to listen
without contradicting.
You always say to grow up,
but don't grow up too fast.
Just choose between the two!
That's why we all come out
in such a mess.
Being a teen
is all about being in between.
The mess that's never us.
That's why most of us
choose to leave,
'cause we're tired and sick –
of being in between.
We're tired of being teens.
We just want to be ourselves,
without you contradicting.

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HisPurePrincess This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 1, 2011 at 10:32 am
really, really love this.  it's how i feel a lot.  I do hate being 17.  if only i could go back to just 16!  it was the perfect age...now i can't get away with anything.
 
MariaMarie This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Feb. 8, 2011 at 8:13 pm

:(  Im sorry that you feel that way,

I'm glad to have something you can relate to though :)  I know its always nice to find something relatable.

 
bmmssb said...
Mar. 2, 2010 at 10:35 am
i love this poem and it makes a really good point and i feel the same way because my brother is 18 an he gets blamed for nothing.EVER. but when somthing comes up or something goes wrong my sister and i always get the blame for everything itz like are brother doesnt exsist anymore. It getz really annoying, and i get tired of it.
 
MariaMarie This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Mar. 3, 2010 at 7:23 am
Hmm.. I will have to remember this and take it into consideration.. I am the oldest in my family and have 2younger sisters and a younger brother. Thank you for your thoughts and I'm happy to be able to right something people can relate to so well.
 
MariaMarie This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Mar. 3, 2010 at 7:24 am
.. I spelled the wrong right.. it should be write :) But you all know what I mean.. lol. sorry
 
babigerl1194 said...
Mar. 1, 2010 at 7:11 pm
RIGHT ON. great style, great message. keep it up.
 
MariaMarie This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Mar. 3, 2010 at 7:22 am
Lol Thanks for your thoughts, glad you liked it!
 
kaileeboo said...
Mar. 1, 2010 at 3:59 pm
you right they dont get it
 
MariaMarie This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Mar. 3, 2010 at 7:21 am
Some people do, some don't- and we love the ones who do get it :) Thank you for your comment.
 
Mikala This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 27, 2009 at 4:45 pm
All I have to say is 'Amen."
 
MariaMarie This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Sept. 28, 2009 at 2:37 pm
Lol, Thanks xD
 
kaylaboo101 replied...
Mar. 2, 2010 at 11:20 am
ur right every1 blames us when you no what every1 makes mistakes and no matter what we do we shldnt be treated like we do they blame everything on us and its bizzar
 
kaylaboo101 replied...
Mar. 2, 2010 at 11:20 am
by the way luv ur poem its very emotion al i think u put alot into it
 
MariaMarie This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Mar. 3, 2010 at 7:20 am
Thank you :) and yes, everyone makes mistakes; we're all only human after-all.
 
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