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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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ritaoh! said...
Oct. 28, 2009 at 9:01 pm:
i love it. i can relate so much. its great. truly.
 
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PinkPrincess said...
Oct. 4, 2009 at 11:27 am:
this is just brilliant i love it
 
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Ellen W. said...
Sept. 24, 2009 at 3:36 pm:
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.
 
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neasa504 said...
Sept. 23, 2009 at 2:19 pm:
this is realluy good!!
 
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writer24/7/365 said...
Aug. 31, 2009 at 12:15 am:
this is so good!!!!!!!!
 
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KatInSky said...
Aug. 30, 2009 at 10:10 pm:
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.
 
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Sara.M.G.D said...
Aug. 30, 2009 at 10:04 pm:
amazing work
 
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billabongchicka7 said...
Aug. 30, 2009 at 3:57 pm:
this is an amazing piece thank you :))
 
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lovehate29 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 29, 2009 at 4:36 pm:
This is downright deep and powerful. I love the ending. It had me speechless. Go ahead. You have amazing talent.
 
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Amanda said...
Aug. 21, 2009 at 2:10 pm:
clearly great at spoken word.
 
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Megan M. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 8, 2009 at 2:56 am:
haha wow. I laughed a lot, this is good! especially the "kiss my Adidas" keep writing!
 
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A.L.Sommer said...
Jun. 8, 2009 at 2:09 am:
This poem is great. I love the poetry cafe reading vibe that it has. Keep it up!
 
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tweedle dee said...
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
 
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Swimgirl said...
Jun. 7, 2009 at 7:36 pm:
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.
 
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xXsmileXx This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 7, 2009 at 5:33 pm:
Amazing...pure genius. I loved It! What else can I say? You're a natural poet :)
 
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ShayMoney92 said...
Jun. 7, 2009 at 6:15 am:
i really love it....you are great=)
 
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Brandi K. said...
Jun. 4, 2009 at 3:05 pm:
thats hot. :) loved.
 
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Konnar said...
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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toledo9 said...
May 21, 2009 at 9:19 pm:
Awesome poem!!!! I love the swag and really great word choice!
 
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Tania C. said...
May 16, 2009 at 2:38 pm:
woah ha.this was really strong.
you really got your point across.
its amazing
 
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