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Unlike most of the guys who popularize the industry, me?
I wasn’t raised in the streets, most of my life I’ve been considered a geek.
Shielding my test papers from cheaters,
Discussing the exponential growth rate of bacteria with my teachers
Instead of feeding addictions, my nose was in the dictionary and Sisson’s.
Kids on the street would laugh and point saying, “You don’t know what you’re missing.”
Au contraire, the nightmares you awake from in the dark
Don’t compare to the imagery evoked by Clive Barker’s diction.
I wore my britches high and tight and shirts unbuttoned to the third.
First love called me Britannica because she’d throw out random words
And I’d define them, etymology was extra.
Next to Webster I was not only a giant, I was N-E-R-D-I-E-R, fa real.
Square black glasses and swinging dreads on a six-foot-three body,
I could hardly just blend in.
Disciplined in the art of creative expression,
I found myself on stage in front of crowds as early as 1997.
Ten or eleven years later, ink reunites with wrinkled paper,
My voice is a little deeper and teeth a little straighter.
Pants still ride high, making it easier for haters to kiss my Adidas
Who’d now rather join us than beat us
Because defeat is not an option when you’ve been through what I’ve been through.
I’ve never had to trap but that doesn’t mean I haven’t spent too
Many nights contemplating how to make it quick and painless.
Don’t get it twisted just because the “Star Wars” theme is on my playlist.

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mee-mee said...
Jun. 18, 2012 at 2:24 pm
this really brouqht my attention . excellent write on this . i like when you said your pants are still high so they can kiss your addias. HA ! classic . i love all of your work .
 
InkWriter13 said...
Jun. 15, 2012 at 10:32 pm
A great stand-up for those labeled nerds in the world! Stereotypes don't hold true as you get older. Nerds often lead the world; previous mockers envy them their successes. A call to action for those who choose a path different from the masses. Wonderful poetry! A truth, necessary to be revealed. Great work. Would you please read and comment on my poem titled Tell Stories to the World and Passion? I would really appreciate it! :D
 
RaeRae_Angleheart_SmileyFace said...
Jan. 13, 2012 at 8:41 am
I loved this a lot, it reflects the kind of point that i would like to get across in my own school. Very well done. :)
 
kizzy said...
Dec. 24, 2011 at 9:58 pm
ahhhh that was hot real talk you got skillz all day :)
 
belieber said...
Dec. 6, 2011 at 8:05 pm
this was really good! it was portrayed well!
 
OneofThemThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Nov. 30, 2011 at 8:35 pm
Seriously.  Dude, this is, like, the story of my life.  I love it.
 
DylanRock said...
Nov. 8, 2011 at 5:42 pm
Really liked this, especially the last ten or eleven lines. Well done!
 
BrittDawn This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 8, 2011 at 5:13 pm
This is such a great piece!
 
increaseyourpace This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 8, 2011 at 7:49 am
Awesome work, I especially love your diction and the way that every word lends itself to the others, they all seem to match just right.
 
Afra- said...
Nov. 4, 2011 at 8:46 am

Youre poem is awesome. Good to know not everyones out there to break themsleves just to fit in.

 

 
emilybwrites said...
Aug. 12, 2011 at 8:28 pm
wow this was fantastic i was smiling the whole time will you please check out my poem "Forgotten Domain" and comment on it?
 
NaleDawg said...
Jul. 21, 2011 at 10:06 pm

i love it! lol look at my work??

 

 
Creativemind724 said...
Jul. 13, 2011 at 11:46 pm
wow , i really enjoyed this . 
 
TheEternalDBSK said...
Jun. 29, 2011 at 1:23 pm
Dude. If I could high five you right now, I would high five you. so hard, that the sting wouldn't go away for the next year.
 
Neautique132 said...
Jun. 7, 2011 at 12:55 pm
Please make this a rap? :)
 
TwasBrilling said...
Jun. 7, 2011 at 9:09 am
Wow! These words are greatly crafted...and true! I love the poem and the message. 
 
NonStopClem. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 24, 2011 at 9:06 pm

I think that I am in love with you. Wait.. No, I definately am.

It goes without saying that this poem was amazing. Please write more.. and maybe talk to me? (: hahah.

 
Aderes18 said...
Apr. 24, 2011 at 7:38 am

Awesome!! I can totally relate to this poem!! 

:) 

 
caedanse said...
Apr. 4, 2011 at 8:24 am
Very cool poem. 5*
 
4ever_and_always said...
Apr. 2, 2011 at 9:04 pm
I liked the poem, but the best part was the very last sentance :)
 
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