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Sunburns and Tan Lines

May 17, 2022
By bugjuicepoetry ELITE, Fort Wayne, Indiana
bugjuicepoetry ELITE, Fort Wayne, Indiana
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When I was nine and reckless
sunburnt and covered in dirt
my mother yelled that all I ever do is make a mess
Now I make a point to clean twice as much as my siblings

When I was ten and childish
loud-mouthed and over-excited
my mother yelled that if she ever saw my face again she would kill me
Now I stay out of her way when she's angry

When I was eleven and enamored by the world
learning, stuffing my head with facts and numbers
my mother yelled that I talk to much and should learn to be quiet
Now I keep my discoveries to myself

When I was twelve and growing
Always hungry, always eating
my mother yelled that I over doubled our grocery bill
Now I don't eat much at home

When I was thirteen and lonely
talked to the moon and the stars
my mother yelled that I should get a friend; stop lazing around home
Now I stay out of my house as much as possible

Now I'm fourteen and finally happy
tanned and shouting at the top of my lungs
my mother yells that I don't spend enough time with my family
Now I refuse to listen to those screams

The words your mother says
stay with you your entire life
I won't let them

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This article has 2 comments.

on May. 24 2022 at 6:19 pm
Egycal52 SILVER, --, California
6 articles 0 photos 112 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Hats off to the past, coats off to the future."
- American Proverb
"Why do you keep hiding behind your mask,
When even the scars formed by your mistakes
are you own constellations?"

Really empowering!

Samhradh GOLD said...
on May. 24 2022 at 11:31 am
Samhradh GOLD, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
18 articles 2 photos 61 comments

Favorite Quote:
Dá fhada an lá tagann an tráthnóna.

(No matter how long the day, evening comes)

Oh, whoa. This is an incredible poem. The emotion is palpable, well done!