Nerd This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

November 23, 2008
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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Tania C. said...
May 16, 2009 at 2:38 pm
woah ha.this was really strong.
you really got your point across.
its amazing
jlacey said...
May 15, 2009 at 5:23 pm
love this.
Corareen H. said...
May 14, 2009 at 10:32 pm
Hey that was fly.You really should make a rap out of that.Im truly inspired.Fa real that was great!!
SaraB. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 14, 2009 at 1:34 am
Whoa. A) I totally relate to that, and B) you are a really good writer. I like the word choice.
brittany W. said...
May 10, 2009 at 1:12 am
That poem was AWSOME!
nick123 said...
May 7, 2009 at 3:50 pm
dude you should make rap album ha but your flow was great
LilJ<3 said...
Apr. 22, 2009 at 11:12 pm
I loved this great job... you didnt let anything stand in your way...i admire that. Your a true insparation. Great job!
blackamethyst said...
Apr. 22, 2009 at 9:15 pm
this is a really cool poem. thanks for being who you wanna be and not what youre expected to be. i respect that :)
Garnet replied...
Dec. 26, 2009 at 5:26 pm
Such raw talent....I'm speechless.
One of the best pieces on this site! :)
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