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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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Alasia said...
Apr. 2, 2011 at 2:09 pm:
bravo! wonderful!
 
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caedanse said...
Apr. 2, 2011 at 12:26 am:
Who's laughing now?
 
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-Insert_Evil_Laugh-This 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...
Feb. 17, 2011 at 6:46 pm:
I love the way you did this. Nice, bravo, good job, etc, etc.
 
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JulieKateThis 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. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 17, 2011 at 4:12 pm:
I really like this! It feels like an anthem to all nerds everywhere. Great job!
 
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boby mars said...
Feb. 17, 2011 at 2:04 pm:

i dont like this because i did no get what you were about the only thing i could understand was that you are a nerd. 

btw, very long poem

P.S everyone who has commented on this likes it XC

 
KarinaDavidyuk replied...
Oct. 2, 2011 at 7:08 pm :
Thats pretty mean, all negative comments should be stated nicely so that the person should get a poem right next time, not be embarrassed to write ever again.. smh -_-
 
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dolphin13 said...
Jan. 28, 2011 at 6:15 pm:

Nice Job! This is a wonderful poem! Keep writing!

 

 
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love_and_anatomy said...
Jan. 26, 2011 at 10:40 am:

Gah!

Will the real Slim Shady please stand up, please stand up! :D

 
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BlueFoot This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 4, 2011 at 5:06 pm:
Is that a picture of Sid Vicious?
 
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KingReject said...
Jan. 4, 2011 at 2:43 pm:
Awesome. My actual nickname is "BigNerdy", and I wear it proudly. Five stars.
 
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purple picklebeary said...
Dec. 13, 2010 at 9:50 am:
Great!!!!!!!!!
 
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phlogistonThis 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. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 25, 2010 at 10:36 pm:
Oh my gosh! That was absolutely amazing! Oh I so wish I was more like you. You can always find me with a book in my face or a pencil in my hand, but I just wish I was this dedicated. I hate being like everyone else. Bandwagons are not meant to be joined, but instead overcome. I am proud to also call myself a nerd, well a nerd-wanna-be.
 
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Tybarry33 said...
Nov. 21, 2010 at 8:41 am:
This is an amazing poem! It totally relates to many people I know in my scholl. They would rather be doing school work then living life to the fullest. But me I don't do any of those street things. And no, I am not smart. Im just average. I would most definatly rather be doing school work then be out in the streets getting arrested formy stupid mistake that I intetionally made. Thank you for this poerm it was just great!
 
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MRose911 said...
Nov. 21, 2010 at 2:06 am:
This, is freaking awesome! :) i love it! your style of writing is so unique and fun to read and :) i think this :P
 
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WordsOfWorth said...
Oct. 30, 2010 at 9:18 pm:
You choose your words carefully and it shows. I admire that. You've proved to me that the one-dimensional standards we discriminately place on appearance, perception and standards are indefinite, much like footprints on the sand. Sound familiar at all? Bravo, my friend.
 
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B3_boLd said...
Oct. 30, 2010 at 1:48 pm:
wow. this is super refreshing, different. just wow I loved it! keep up the smashing work!
 
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DakotaShadowThis 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...
Oct. 30, 2010 at 1:33 pm:
love the final line about starwars. love this
 
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IJustWannaSmile said...
Oct. 30, 2010 at 8:59 am:
I love this poem and your courage to admit who you are, without being afraid. <3
 
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spitfire213 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 8, 2010 at 7:15 pm:
haha i'd be the person trying to peak on your paper.
 
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ashley1 said...
Sept. 16, 2010 at 7:18 am:
This poem is really good bc it actually describes the life of a nerd.
 
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