Nerd MAG

November 23, 2008
By Rodney Wilson, Dallas, TX

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.

The author's comments:
Many people feel you have to fit a certain mold or archetype when actively persuing a passion. My goalin life is to prove to people that the one-dimensional standards we discriminately place on appearance, perception and standards are as indefinite as the footprints on the sand.

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caedanse said...
on Apr. 4 2011 at 8:24 am
caedanse, Springfield, Ohio
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Very cool poem. 5*

on Apr. 2 2011 at 9:04 pm
4ever_and_always BRONZE, Parker, Colorado
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Favorite Quote:
-Being happy doesn't mean everything is perfect. It means you've decided to look beyond the imperfections. <3
-Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain. <3

I liked the poem, but the best part was the very last sentance :)

Alasia said...
on Apr. 2 2011 at 2:09 pm
Alasia, Bradenton, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
Don't follow a path, make your own, and leave a trail.

bravo! wonderful!

caedanse said...
on Apr. 2 2011 at 12:26 am
caedanse, Springfield, Ohio
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Who's laughing now?

on Feb. 17 2011 at 6:46 pm
Origami_Ferret SILVER, Virginia Beach, Virginia
8 articles 0 photos 75 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Let's go."
"We can't."
"Why not?"
"We're waiting for Godot."
"Get thee to a nunnery!"

I love the way you did this. Nice, bravo, good job, etc, etc.

on Feb. 17 2011 at 4:12 pm
JulieKate SILVER, Niceville, Florida
6 articles 0 photos 16 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The brain is wider than the sky."--Emily Dickinson.

I really like this! It feels like an anthem to all nerds everywhere. Great job!

boby mars said...
on 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

on Jan. 28 2011 at 6:15 pm
dolphin13 BRONZE, North St. Paul, Minnesota
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Nice Job! This is a wonderful poem! Keep writing!


on Jan. 26 2011 at 10:40 am
June_Survive SILVER, Kirbyville, Texas
5 articles 0 photos 27 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.” -Jamie Paolinetti

"In the end, everything will be okay. If everything is not okay, it's not the end."


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

BlueFoot GOLD said...
on Jan. 4 2011 at 5:06 pm
BlueFoot GOLD, Reston, Virginia
18 articles 0 photos 28 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Life passes most people by while they're making grand plans for it,"

Is that a picture of Sid Vicious?

on Jan. 4 2011 at 2:43 pm
KingReject SILVER, Gueydan, Louisiana
9 articles 0 photos 24 comments
Awesome. My actual nickname is "BigNerdy", and I wear it proudly. Five stars.

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on Nov. 25 2010 at 10:36 pm
phlogiston ELITE, Hermitage, Tennessee
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Favorite Quote:
"A day without laughter is a day wasted" -Charlie Chaplin

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.

Tybarry33 said...
on Nov. 21 2010 at 8:41 am
Tybarry33, Newark, Delaware
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Favorite Quote:
Pain is weakness leaving the body.
Tears will give you sympathy, sweat will give you glory.
Unleash Hell to see heaven.

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!

MRose911 GOLD said...
on Nov. 21 2010 at 2:06 am
MRose911 GOLD, Paradise, Utah
17 articles 10 photos 107 comments

Favorite Quote:
"No boy is worth crying over and the one who is won't make you cry." - Sarah Kane

This, is freaking awesome! :) i love it! your style of writing is so unique and fun to read and :) i think this :P

on Oct. 30 2010 at 9:18 pm
WordsOfWorth BRONZE, Colfax, California
2 articles 0 photos 1 comment

Favorite Quote:
"Monsters are real. They live inside of us, and sometimes they win."
"The beauty of religious mania is that is one of the few infallible ways of responding to the world's vagaries...logic can be happily tossed out the window." --both from Stephen King

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.

on Oct. 30 2010 at 1:48 pm
Hope_Allie SILVER, Las Cruces, New Mexico
9 articles 3 photos 53 comments

Favorite Quote:
Words. Solitary groups of letters, added together to express on page your emotion. Love in ink. Pain in pen.-Paul Putman

wow. this is super refreshing, different. just wow I loved it! keep up the smashing work!

on Oct. 30 2010 at 1:33 pm
Gracious PLATINUM, Go Away, Kansas
22 articles 0 photos 66 comments

Favorite Quote:
"life sucks and then you die, yeah, i should be so lucky"

-Jacob, Twilight

I’m still that girl who falls when she runs, Getting back up, because falling is fun.

love the final line about starwars. love this

on Oct. 30 2010 at 8:59 am
britttttlynn SILVER, Crestline, Ohio
5 articles 0 photos 9 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best."
— Marilyn Monroe

I love this poem and your courage to admit who you are, without being afraid. <3

on Oct. 8 2010 at 7:15 pm
spitfire213 SILVER, North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
8 articles 0 photos 55 comments

Favorite Quote:
In the devil's den i may be, so stab my heart and set me free.

haha i'd be the person trying to peak on your paper.


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