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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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Crispy said...
Sept. 16, 2010 at 7:17 am:
I really enjoyed this poem. I loved the rhyme and rhythym put into it.
 
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sleepyloon said...
Aug. 26, 2010 at 1:32 am:
The way things fit like a puzzle really works. This person has a very refreshing point of view.
 
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SamIsSmiling said...
Aug. 25, 2010 at 11:44 pm:
This was really good(: Keep it up!
 
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Marlyre This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 3, 2010 at 11:05 pm:
good rhythm... at times it had the flow of a rap... sweet especially when the topic is about "nerds..." it definitely explodes the stereotype you're describing! look at some of mine?
 
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sumthingprecious said...
Aug. 3, 2010 at 12:01 pm:
I really really like this it was funny and it had a whole bunch of twist and... lol. I kinda go for the nerds i think they're kinda cute. :)
 
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Smileyky108 said...
Aug. 3, 2010 at 9:51 am:
i am in love with this poem. Great job!
 
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TheGoldenDomination said...
Jul. 12, 2010 at 7:25 pm:
I really loved this, it was great
 
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Gmmantone said...
Jul. 12, 2010 at 4:48 pm:
This is really impressive. Its inspiring, and I hope I can be as sure of myself someday. Good job
 
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starxoxo23 said...
Jul. 12, 2010 at 7:25 am:
Haha! I love this! It reminds me of a rap.
 
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Anndie said...
Jul. 12, 2010 at 1:08 am:
...................you're so freakin' copasetic dude, like i can't even express how much i relished your poem.......*kisses words* haha i kid :D
 
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Kiersten said...
Jul. 12, 2010 at 1:05 am:

"Pants still ride high, making it easier for haters to kiss my Adidas"

that is an amazing line!!! i absolutely loved this... and i love the creativity and humor you had... and the imagery was really good too... astounding job... i love it!!!

 
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justjessie said...
Jul. 12, 2010 at 12:28 am:
i don't know what to say other than i really enjoyed ur poem thanks
 
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Shahed said...
Jun. 20, 2010 at 8:04 pm:

Unique in a way, intresting in another, funny in some lines, creative through the whole thing! <3 good job!

 

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REMi93 said...
Jun. 20, 2010 at 12:27 am:
LOVE this! I admire the message made clear throughout the poem. It's awesome.
 
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Egyptiangirl13 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 17, 2010 at 8:19 am:
wow this is great-loved it!!!
 
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lolo said...
Jun. 2, 2010 at 3:21 pm:
Hey dont worry i love star wars, the books, movies and the music and im not a nerd
 
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WannaBeWriternumbertwo said...
May 29, 2010 at 8:01 pm:
I love your poem! I can feel the hurt and I am considerd a N-E-R-D  but I just care about my grades. Wish me luck on getting in the magazine.
 
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Eilatan This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 29, 2010 at 5:28 pm:
This is rapping. It has sense, soul.
 
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purpleink112 said...
May 29, 2010 at 4:48 pm:
That was amazing! Very clever and unique. I accidentally rated your poem 1 star, but I meant to give it 5 stars!
 
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DominicangirlThis 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...
May 29, 2010 at 3:20 pm:

Lol I luV ThIs IhtS UniQuE!

ChecK mY WOrK?

 
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