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You predicted that I'd be a failure,
someone who would get nowhere in life.
You said I'd be a juvenile delinquent,
an infamous thief during the night.
You told me that my mother would give up on me,
but only after she gave up on herself first.
You told me that my voice would be ­insignificant,
way too ignorant to be heard.
You said I'd be living in poverty
because my mother wouldn't come close to being strong,
but in the year of 2009, statistics,
I'm afraid you are clearly wrong.
Yes, my mother may have been hit by the ­recession,
and, yes, my mother may have been hit with the depression,
but you should also know that the things that disrupt her goals
also awaken her raging aggression.
She pledged a long time ago that she wouldn't become another statistic;
she knew she would always be strong enough to withstand one,
even if by the criteria she barely missed it.
My mother worked hard and never fell short of success
and that's one reason I know I was raised by one of the best!
I am a well-taken-care-of young lady of a ­single-parent home
and I refuse to be raked through with your scrutinizing comb.
I was born to win;
I am in control,
not your statistics.
I am proud to be a child of a single-parent home.

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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DifferentTeen said...
Sept. 6, 2010 at 4:20 pm
That was one of the best poems I've read on here, I love your style. The only critisism I have for you is that some of the lines rhyme and some don't. But maybe thats just a coincidence. Either way your poem was beyond amazing! Check out my poem "Freedom"?
Wolfayne said...
Mar. 3, 2010 at 12:06 pm
This is an amazing poem, and it's worth a lot, whatever anyone else says.
I can uderstand it completely, seeing as I'm kinda like it.
It's awesome, no matter what.
I can't wait to read your other works.
I'd really appreciate it if you could take a look at my work and tell me what you think. Thanx! ;D
LaylaViolet said...
Nov. 19, 2009 at 11:15 am
Totally powerful. I get and feel the message. You're an awesome warrior poet. I love your work and thanks for reading/commenting my stuff. *raises imaginary glass* a toast to you, fellow writer. :P
Jade-Writes-xo said...
Oct. 7, 2009 at 9:51 am
This is great poetry! I couldn't ever write something as good as this. You have great talent.
**naturegirl92** said...
Oct. 5, 2009 at 8:40 pm
I really like the story of this poem. My parents are divorced and my mom is remarried but your story still spoke to me even if your circumstance isn't the same as mine. Thanks for the encouragement.
cherry cola said...
Oct. 5, 2009 at 7:29 pm
I really like this. Its moving and encouraging. Good job!
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