I'm a Teen (poem)

Dear parent,

I'm a teen.

Just so you know,

My room ain't that clean.

All I do is sit and tweet.

On Facebook, I'm keen

Liberal. Single. Sometimes mean.

I'm a teen.

My hormones scream.

Sad when I'm high on Dopamine.

Happy when I'm low on Acetycholine.

They cause me to over-eat.

And not have that much of sleep.

How you say I'm a "lazy-ass beast?"

I'm a teen.

I dress a little weird.

I wear no bikinis, only polo and jeans.

I don't dress to impress; I dress to be me.

I'm a teen.

I'm so friendly and sweet.

I walk with headphones and a beat.

Tying to fit in and find a seat.

Though everyone seems to have some heat.

I keep my cools; I'm serene.

I'm a teen.

I suffer from low self-esteem.

My friends are addicted to smoking weed.

While the others are alcohol-freaks

No! I can't fit in; I can't be me!

And you think I'm terrible and deserve no treat?

I'm a teen.

Religiously, I'm in between.

Yes, there's a God; He created me.

But what's my mission? How can I beam?

I have a message, that's what it seems.

I'm a teen.

In no clubs I've been.

I don't date; I'm unseen.

I'm outgoing, I wear sunscreen.

To hide my pains, to hide my fears

Not gonna live Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream"

But let me tell you my dear,

Everything changed this year,

Simply, because I turned eighteen.



How was it like when you were a teen?

How were you like as a teen? Are you a teen currently? Let me know in the comments below :D

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ajwrites57 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

LailaK, this is simply a beautiful and amazingly expressed poem about being a teenager. Profound truths course through your words! Thanks so much! Shared! :o)


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LailaK 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

ajwrites57, I can't thank you enough for stopping, commenting, and sharing! I really appreciate it :D


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ajwrites57 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

You are welcome LailaK!


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PoeticPhilosophy 3 years ago from Canada

Haha! That was awesome and loved the ending. The teenage days... I miss em but I don't, I enjoy the adult-scene now. Keep up the good work though!


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James-wolve 3 years ago from Morocco

So beautiful and well written.I miss those days ..sigh


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LailaK 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

PoeticPhilosophy, hehe I'm glad you loved the ending!


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LailaK 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

James, ohhh noo now I'm scared of growing up! Hehehe, thanks for dropping by, my friend :D


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James-wolve 3 years ago from Morocco

lol It s life,just enjoy every moment to the fullest;)


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BlossomSB 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

You understood your topic so well and I loved the resolution at the end. If only they did all suddenly grow up when they turned 18!


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LailaK 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

BlossomSB, I'm very glad you liked the poem :D The poem is more of a reflection about a personal experience not necessarily a generalization over the teens who turn eighteen.


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manatita44 3 years ago from london

I see sweet simplicity in what you write. I also see promise and longing. Do not worry about the fears and the loneliness. God loves you. You are right to be wary of what your friends do. They are filled with pain.

If you feel like it, then read my profile and some of my poems. Your mind is elevated. Go deeper still. Loving thoughts


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LailaK 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Manatita44, your words are the most profound words someone ever told me here on HubPages! Thank you a lot for dropping by, understanding the deep meaning of the poem, and commenting. I will definitely check your poems out!


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manatita44 3 years ago from london

Thank you for your powerful sentiments. Seek those that are selfless, childlike and with expansive hearts. Be with those who live by examples and dare to believe in Higher Truths. You are blessed with a great age. Go within to find your peace and follow your own star. I feel your heart. I know you CAN! Loving thoughts.


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

I think you captured this set of experiences so very well!! Loved this!


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LailaK 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Audrey, thank you so much!


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Jalapeno10 3 years ago

Love the way you express yourself. Beautifully written and very powerful. Makes me think of all the teens I know, and how deep things are under the surface, what their lives are like.


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newandnew 2 years ago

beaufitul : ) Thank you very much!!


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LailaK 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Jalapeno10, thanks for dropping by I really appreciate your kind words and comment!

newandnew, thank YOU!


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newandnew 2 years ago

Beautiful and Amazing Words


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LailaK 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Thanks a lot newandnew!


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schoolgirlforreal 2 years ago from USA

Wow, this is amazing, fabulous, and made me LOL! You have a talent for rhyming and being sweet and unique.

and thank you for your encouraging comment on my hub!!!

Nice to meet you, btw

God bless

Rosemary


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LailaK 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Awe Rosemary, thank you! I super appreciate your comment! Best wishes :)


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susi10 2 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

Such a true poem, reflecting the good and bad sides of being a teen. What an enjoyable poem, you have great poetry skills. Voted beautiful, awesome and shared. :)


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LailaK 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Susi, thank you so much dear! I really appreciate you stopping by and reading my work and sharing it! Thank you!


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lisavanvorst 2 years ago from New Jersey

Great Poem. So true of being a teen. I remember when my children were teenagers. I think that is what gave me my gray hair. LoL


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LailaK 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Lol. Oh yeah I definitely gave my parents some grey hairs too! Thank you so much for reading and commenting!


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TonyDan 2 years ago from Toledo, Ohio

She's a teen

Not a beauty queen

But still turns heads

When she's seen

I'm no longer a teen

Long past that scene

But I do like this

Its supreme

**You have talent. Keep working at your craft.


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LailaK 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Oyyy best comment ever! Thanks Tony! I love the little poem-comment you wrote :D


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TonyDan 2 years ago from Toledo, Ohio

We do what we can. Keep perfecting your craft. Practice makes perfect.


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LailaK 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Thank you! I am definitely planning to write more and perfect my work :D


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TonyDan 2 years ago from Toledo, Ohio

Watch and learn from others. Incorporate good aspects of their writing while developing your own unique style. Remember nothing is new under sun. Everything was done somewhere at sometime before. All things go in cycles. Happy writing.


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LailaK 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Definitely will follow your advice :D Happy writing to you too!


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TonyDan 2 years ago from Toledo, Ohio

Okay I've been general but not specific so let me do that. Your poem shows deep thought and feeling. I can tell you are a mature person for your age. You are reflective in your thinking. The reason I say your have talent is because you have the rare ability, as most true writers do, to connect your thoughts to your hand and put them on paper (or computer screen as this case is). You also have the ability to precisely express yourself with understanding to the reader which is also a quality true writers possess. Many people have thoughts but have trouble putting those thoughts into words that can be understood by whomever is reading them. So you have a rare gift. Nurture it, rehearse it and expand it. Play with new words, new ideas and new forms of writing. Try limericks, prose and other styles. Do you know what a limerick is? If not I just expanded your knowledge.

Example of a limerick I wrote:

There once was a man from Toledo

Who went for a run in his speedo

And when he got done

His wife found his run

Had woke up a once dead libido!!

Write short stories, mini novels and eventually books. Expand your horizons and your scope. Stretch your imagination. Embrace expression. You have made a good start now continue the journey.

**footnote: You have a line early in your poem that says "case me to over eat." Is that really to say "cause me to over eat?" Just a proofreading observation.


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LailaK 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Tony,

Thanks for giving me the example of the limerick! I write a couple of these in my journal and they are so fun :D Also, I just edited my spelling mistake. Thank you for spotting it and letting me know! I really appreciate your kind words. You have boosted my self-esteem :)


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TonyDan 2 years ago from Toledo, Ohio

That's what we do here at HubPages remember? ;)

BTW check my profile. You might find something interesting.


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TonyDan 2 years ago from Toledo, Ohio

Check out the revised version of Peachtree Gal. Much better rhythm. Then you can delete this message.

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