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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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kheart said...
Feb. 8, 2010 at 6:36 pm
Great! Please comment,rate, and look at my poems! Thanks and great job!
 
vxasiuoxn98 said...
Feb. 8, 2010 at 5:09 pm
nice one chamaka
 
Screw U. said...
Feb. 8, 2010 at 9:53 am
OK???????????????? A little strange, but, in a sense, true.
 
alayapoetgirl said...
Jan. 17, 2010 at 9:08 pm
Really?! This is totally GENIUS...I L-O-V-E this poem, it withholds extraordinary power...
 
PsychWolf said...
Jan. 17, 2010 at 3:40 pm
Being a nerd myself, relating to this was as easy as breathing. It was so well written and it stood out in my mind as one of th better things I've read.
 
jujums1 said...
Jan. 17, 2010 at 2:17 pm
This is really great! I'm not a nerd - far from it - but I do understand this poem very much. I personally think that every one of us has different passions and ways of appreciating life, so you might not need what others do to feel good about yourself and your life. If you want to read instead of partying, go ahead! In the end, you'll probably benefit a lot more from it :)
 
!Sarah! said...
Dec. 26, 2009 at 7:23 pm
I really liked this poem, I spend my nights reading, rather than going to parties or hanging out with friends, and each time I reject an invitation they tell me about the fun I'm "missing out on" But they just don't realize, My definition of fun, is what I do... I enjoyed the note that went with the poem. Thankyou. You put what many think into beautiful words.
 
Alyssa S. said...
Dec. 26, 2009 at 8:52 am
WOW!! I really enjoyed this. I'm a nerd too. And sometimes I can't talk to a person about some things because sometimes they don't know it because it's too far of to them.
 
Poems said...
Dec. 4, 2009 at 5:31 pm
I'm a nerd. Thank you.
 
grandmalover said...
Dec. 4, 2009 at 5:21 pm
It is a good poem
 
Emily J. said...
Dec. 4, 2009 at 4:47 pm
wow this is amazing! do you write songs / play music? you have a great talent for it.
 
AlwaysWrite28 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 4, 2009 at 4:40 pm
WHOA!!! that was wicked sick!!! it could be a rap song, the flow was incredible, and i can totally relate, only I'm not made fun of for being a nerd. . .some people like it LOL. anyway, my favorite thing on this whole site so far. . .great job!
 
ilovekona96 said...
Dec. 4, 2009 at 2:37 pm
I can't believe you could capture that much emotion in a saga of a misunderstood youth. You're really good!
 
shreikingluv said...
Dec. 4, 2009 at 8:20 am
i liked the flow of it. It was really well written. Keep up the good works. 2 thumbs up :D
 
bri_bo94 said...
Nov. 12, 2009 at 4:52 pm
so good. i can relate, keep writing
 
Mikki-bug<3 said...
Nov. 12, 2009 at 3:51 pm
This is soooo good! I can totally relate, I always read really "dorky" books and talk about pretty high level topics with my teachers and have a 4.037 (funky grade scale) so many think im a "nerd". but really, who will be better off in ten years ;-)
 
dale the last one said...
Nov. 12, 2009 at 9:51 am
this is really cool im new on here but when i get used to it this is gonna be a fav
 
Nanna said...
Nov. 12, 2009 at 12:27 am
Wow this is awesome, I even love your comment about it : )
 
Paig3Cagl3 said...
Nov. 9, 2009 at 2:42 pm
This poem has great flow and insight.
I really enjoyed it.
Lovely poem darling =]
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ApathyEyes replied...
Nov. 12, 2009 at 2:35 pm
Dude paige i love taht song u jsut quoted. im not exactly sure if it is but its similar to a ISMFOF song.
 
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