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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ashley1 said...
on Sep. 16 2010 at 7:18 am
ashley1, Fredericksburg, Virginia
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This poem is really good bc it actually describes the life of a nerd.

Crispy said...
on Sep. 16 2010 at 7:17 am
Crispy, Spotsylvania, Virginia
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I really enjoyed this poem. I loved the rhyme and rhythym put into it.

sleepyloon said...
on 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.

on Aug. 25 2010 at 11:44 pm
SamIsSmiling GOLD, Rimbey, Alabama
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Favorite Quote:
"The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education." Albert Einstein

This was really good(: Keep it up!

on Aug. 3 2010 at 11:05 pm
Marlyre PLATINUM, Kalamazoo, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
"when you cry, do you waste your tears?" Madonna

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?

on Aug. 3 2010 at 12:01 pm
DestinyMartinez PLATINUM, Boca Raton, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
"Never know that you love someone untill they're gone."

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. :)

on Aug. 3 2010 at 9:51 am
Smileyky108 BRONZE, Venetia, Pennsylvania
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i am in love with this poem. Great job!

on Jul. 12 2010 at 7:25 pm
TheGoldenDomination SILVER, Fort Dodge, Iowa
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Favorite Quote:
I'm not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I've always been a freak. So I've been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know. I'm one of those people.
~John Lennon

I really loved this, it was great

on Jul. 12 2010 at 4:48 pm
Gabriella.MM BRONZE, Underhill, Vermont
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This is really impressive. Its inspiring, and I hope I can be as sure of myself someday. Good job

on Jul. 12 2010 at 7:25 am
starxoxo23 PLATINUM, New Hampshire, New Hampshire
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Favorite Quote:
"The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover is yourself."
- Alan Alda

Haha! I love this! It reminds me of a rap.

on Jul. 12 2010 at 1:08 am
Paty_Padilla BRONZE, Bloomington, California
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Favorite Quote:
"When you're desperate, that's when you got no choice."
-Donnie Brasco're so freakin' copasetic dude, like i can't even express how much i relished your poem.......*kisses words* haha i kid :D

RiaRen SILVER said...
on Jul. 12 2010 at 1:05 am
RiaRen SILVER, New Bothwell, Other
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"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!!!

justjessie said...
on Jul. 12 2010 at 12:28 am
i don't know what to say other than i really enjoyed ur poem thanks

Shahed GOLD said...
on Jun. 20 2010 at 8:04 pm
Shahed GOLD, Tulsa, Oklahoma
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Favorite Quote:
"People are like tea bags, they don't realize their own strength until they're dropped in hot water "
“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway."

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


check out my work!

REMi93 GOLD said...
on Jun. 20 2010 at 12:27 am
REMi93 GOLD, Boston, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
Love Never Fails

LOVE this! I admire the message made clear throughout the poem. It's awesome.

on Jun. 17 2010 at 8:19 am
Egyptiangirl13 GOLD, Kansas City, Missouri
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Favorite Quote:
\"either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. -Benjamin Franklin

\"If columbus would have turned back, no one would have blamed him. No one would have remembered him either.\"

\"If music be the food of love, play on.\"

wow this is great-loved it!!!

lolo said...
on 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

on May. 29 2010 at 8:01 pm
WannaBeWriternumbertwo BRONZE, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
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Favorite Quote:
"If you cannot read this, please ask the flight attendant for assistance."
United Airlines Flight Safety Brochure

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.

Eilatan GOLD said...
on May. 29 2010 at 5:28 pm
Eilatan GOLD, Old Greenwich, Connecticut
11 articles 1 photo 307 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Nobody is normal. Everybody in the world is a weirdo freak. Except you, which makes you a weirdo freak."

This is rapping. It has sense, soul.

on May. 29 2010 at 4:48 pm
EccePuellaScriptis112, Raleigh, North Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
"Love - it is not the book itself, but the binding. It can rip us apart or hold us together.”
-Deb Caletti

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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