On Adolescence

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic
A look-back on childhood.

Submitted: May 02, 2008

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On Adolescence
 
When we were younger:
 
Mommy is your hero and Daddy will protect you no matter what
 
There were only three ways to be: happy, sad, or angry
 
There was no such thing as popularity
 
Wearing a skirt did not make you a slut
 
You could sit wherever you wanted at lunchtime
 
Crushes were scraped knees and got fixed with a band-aid and a kiss
 
The worst thing a boy could do to you was give you cooties
 
It was OK to trust yourself
 
A broken heart was only a doodle
 
Differences made no difference
 
The biggest thing going on was losing teeth
 
Now all it seems like we want to do is
grow up
 
Your parents are your captors
 
We all start to change and become not as innocent
 
All of the sudden nobody knows what to think or who to be
 
Childhood drifts away, flitting just out of reach until it’s so far behind us we forget what it was like
 
Everyone wants to grow up or become a kid again; never both
 
Out of nowhere there are cliques and groups, like sorting mail.
 

Some try to be different and stand out, and others strive to blend and mix in. What’s left is usually miserable.


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