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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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PrincessPineapple said...
May 29, 2010 at 6:37 am
this is amazing! i love the subject matter.
 
isela said...
May 29, 2010 at 2:21 am
this is an awesome poem in which i have tons of experience with i was concidered a nerd bu all my friends where popular so they begant to realize that i was that i wasnt that bad then nobody really called me a nerd after that.
 
SmileitsCaroline said...
May 7, 2010 at 11:44 pm
Rodney..whoever you are. I love you and your idealogy.
 
JeanGrey said...
May 7, 2010 at 8:49 pm
Awesome! I, too, am a nerd so you can understand my enthusiasm when I find that there are fellow nerds out there who are cool with it!
 
Tay-la said...
May 7, 2010 at 7:31 pm
Wow..that was amaazingg! I loved it.
 
serena said...
May 7, 2010 at 7:07 pm
really cool. nerds are people too, and who says they can't be cool? feelings are universal.
 
BiancaMarie said...
May 7, 2010 at 5:59 pm
ahmazing poem hunn! comment some of mine?
 
trumpetgirl711 said...
Apr. 15, 2010 at 10:33 pm
Such a great poem! Awesome job!
 
ChowD This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 15, 2010 at 2:19 pm
i agree with the one-dimensional standards thing. if people would judge based on minds instead of appearance, the world would be much more worthy of the credit.
 
Eilatan This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 15, 2010 at 2:12 pm
i love this, it sounds like you're rapping
 
Corinnee<3 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 15, 2010 at 1:25 pm
That was very creative, and an interesting topic to write about!:) Haters kiss my Adidas had to be my favorite line:) Overall, great work, keep it up!
 
yesimdarrian101 said...
Apr. 15, 2010 at 6:51 am
That was really flippin' cool. I totally get you!
 
GreenGirl13 said...
Mar. 30, 2010 at 5:52 pm
This is totally cool! I am a nerd, the one everyone looks to for language arts advice. I don't study, but get almost-perect grades. I am glad you are proud. A few of my friends and I are band geeks, and we do SAT prep, and occasionally decorate our glasses with pipecleaners if we have time. Oh, and did I mention I am in 7th grade?
 
stellarachelle said...
Mar. 24, 2010 at 11:22 pm
wow, i love how you explained your nerdiness in a cool person style. NERDS RULE!
 
abbey92 said...
Mar. 24, 2010 at 10:30 pm
i relly like this its cool and deep
 
bayleedarling said...
Mar. 24, 2010 at 8:36 pm
oh, i just love this :]
 
BMMSJB said...
Mar. 2, 2010 at 10:34 am
This is really funny, I like it. HAHAHA "Haters kiss my adidas" I love that line. Keep it up.
 
bmmsaw said...
Mar. 2, 2010 at 9:35 am
i like it every thing is true
 
Mehleesahh said...
Mar. 2, 2010 at 7:32 am
Haha "for haters to kiss my Adidas" Niceee.
 
Elisabawth said...
Feb. 8, 2010 at 6:58 pm
It had a certain rythm to it. Very good. :)
 
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