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Life for a 17 yr. Old

Life For A 17 yr Old

Tall happiness fills my empty cup
My past, present, and unknown future
Echo’s of laughter haunt my present
Rock music, thick books, long silences
Stubborn consciousness follows my every step
Wash strands of regret. Squeaky clean.

Fresh day, some schooling, slow torture
Math swirls fiercely inside my head
Breeze thru 3rd and 4th periods
Smiling simple in history and gov.
Slowly but determinedly I finish weekdays
Then mentally prepare myself thru weekends

Go home, do chores, do homework
Do more chores, long for freedom
Pride’s collar and leash choke me
Inwardly I argue, outwardly I smile
Parents, teachers, adults decide my future
Boy, it’s good to be back.





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Milo! said...
Mar. 10, 2010 at 4:05 pm
I really love this. I really like how everyone can relate to this. I hope you keep writing, because this is great. You should check out some of my stuff. I think you would like it.
 
Emily_Nicole said...
Feb. 17, 2010 at 6:16 pm
love it, kepp writin
 
Alexander P. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 11, 2010 at 12:48 am
Hey, I really dig this poem. Your descriptions of school and your life are very strong. The line "rock music, thick books, long silences" especially spoke to me. Personally, I would stick with this, non-rhyming style. The other poem was good too, but often for me rhyming restricts the message I want to get across in my work. Oh, and thanks for the feedback on my work! I really appreciate it.
 
roseann This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Feb. 12, 2010 at 4:18 pm
yea, thnx... :D
 
crazyforchrist This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 10, 2010 at 8:47 pm
I think this is very good. simple but has a meaning I can connect to. keep it up :)
 
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