Look at who you look up to
everyday, that image that diminishes with time
beauty reflecting back at you as you age gracefully
Look at who you look up to in the mirror
yourself, your pride and dirty innocence
your impatience to do what people in their late 20’s and 30’s do
Your adrenaline competing with your heart beat
you teach yourself not to rock steady
you don’t want to be a teen no more?
Surprises, fantasies, wants and love
seeking to tear down every stall to keep up with your ignorance
Boys now learn to be soft, to be like girls
they are caged in your confusion trying to please a confused teen
parents don’t teach morality no more, but getting what you want whenever
you seek to be known, to rise above other teens
every discipline is mockery and rule is hatred
Can you tell others what you know that they don’t?
you make friends for competition and popularity
you keep circles and circles of a different you
How much has it cost you already?
Your soul is still young and vibrant, so is your energy
you are your own generation, quit wanting another
your soul is beautiful, quit filling it with filth
your love is yet to come, quit settling for pain
young is admired by old, quit wanting to have an old heart
rule the best moments of your life as a teenager
Dyna Ekwueme Copyright, 2015.