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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on Nov. 12 2009 at 12:27 am
Writedancelove&live GOLD, Redding, California
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Favorite Quote:
"Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much."
"Karen: If you're from Africa why are you white? Gretchen: Omg Karen, you can't just ask people why they're white."

Wow this is awesome, I even love your comment about it : )

on Nov. 9 2009 at 2:42 pm
AbbotRabbit GOLD, Abolana, District Of Columbia
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Favorite Quote:
This poem has great flow and insight.
I really enjoyed it.
Lovely poem darling =]
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This poem has great flow and insight.

I really enjoyed it.

Lovely poem darling =]

-Please check out the works that I have posted on here it would be highly appreciated and I think you would greatly enjoy them, Thankk youz-

XxThe Whole Time You Were Talking I Didnt Hear A Single Word You Said B/C Th3 Whole Time You Were Talking I Was Picturing You DeadXx

ritaoh! BRONZE said...
on Oct. 28 2009 at 9:01 pm
ritaoh! BRONZE, Charlotte, North Carolina
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i love it. i can relate so much. its great. truly.

on Oct. 4 2009 at 11:27 am
PinkPrincess GOLD, Wellington, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
I think therefore I am

this is just brilliant i love it

on Sep. 24 2009 at 3:36 pm
Ellen Waddell, New Albany, Ohio
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this is so fantastic; when i got it in the magazine god knows how long ago i ripped it out and thumb-tacked it to the bulletin board in my room. i wish i could meet you.

neasa504 said...
on Sep. 23 2009 at 2:19 pm
this is realluy good!!

on Aug. 31 2009 at 12:15 am
wordweaver96 PLATINUM, Winchester, Kentucky
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Favorite Quote:
" It is not our abilities but our choices that show who we truly are. "
Albus Dumbledore


See, we really DON'T have anything to fear but fear itself!

this is so good!!!!!!!!

KatNSky SILVER said...
on Aug. 30 2009 at 10:10 pm
KatNSky SILVER, Salem, Missouri
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you really get the point across. and I like that you don't go straight for the pain but show off the intelligence you obviously carry.

on Aug. 30 2009 at 10:04 pm
Sara.M.G.D BRONZE, Dallas, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
thats interesting

amazing work

on Aug. 30 2009 at 3:57 pm
this is an amazing piece thank you :))

on Aug. 29 2009 at 4:36 pm
ShernayB. DIAMOND, Southfield, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
"Some things will never change"---Tupac

This is downright deep and powerful. I love the ending. It had me speechless. Go ahead. You have amazing talent.

Amanda BRONZE said...
on Aug. 21 2009 at 2:10 pm
Amanda BRONZE, Rehoboth, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
O God, I could be bounded in a nutshell, and count myself a king of infinite space—were it not that I have bad dreams. {Hamlet}

clearly great at spoken word.

on Jun. 8 2009 at 2:56 am
crazyforchrist GOLD, Sidney, Ohio
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Favorite Quote:
1 timothy 4:12 Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.

haha wow. I laughed a lot, this is good! especially the "kiss my Adidas" keep writing!

A.L.Sommer said...
on Jun. 8 2009 at 2:09 am
This poem is great. I love the poetry cafe reading vibe that it has. Keep it up!

tweedle dee said...
on Jun. 8 2009 at 12:21 am
i love the message you're getting across here, it just didnt sound... well it didnt sound all that poetic. more like rambling. good rambling, with a wonderful point and admirable writing, just not so much like a poem

Amber1994 GOLD said...
on Jun. 7 2009 at 7:36 pm
Amber1994 GOLD, Roanoke, Illinois
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wow this is amazing! your word choice is really unique. my favorite part is "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" also you have amazing details.

on Jun. 7 2009 at 5:33 pm
xXsmileXx PLATINUM, St. Louis, Missouri
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Favorite Quote:
"Your dreams only become intangible when you stop reaching" ~me ;)

Amazing...pure genius. I loved It! What else can I say? You're a natural poet :)

ShayMoney92 said...
on Jun. 7 2009 at 6:15 am
i really love it....you are great=)

Brandi Kim said...
on Jun. 4 2009 at 3:05 pm
Brandi Kim, Sanford, Florida
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thats hot. :) loved.

Konnar said...
on May. 25 2009 at 9:56 pm
It's really good I can sort of relate I'm a nerd (I can not rap) but I'm pretty good in P.E. so I'm a nerd jock hybrid wow I just noticed I'm an oxymoron.


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