Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 - Advanced)
Topic: Write something in the YOUNG ADULT or TEEN genre (06/07/07)
TITLE: JUST A TEEN
By Verna Cole Mitchell
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ADD TO MY FAVORITES
Iím not a grown-up nor a child;
Iím something in between.
Though I may act like both of them,
Iím neitheróIím a teen.
When I am in my room at home,
I play my music loud.
I like to go to great concerts
And be part of the crowd.
I love to talk on my cell phone
Or do text messaging.
I love to play computer games,
To win at everything.
I often go out on a date.
At home I watch TV.
To stay up late and sleep till noonís
The perfect life for me.
My fatherís had some talks with me
About how hormones rage.
He says that theyíre most difficult
For people at my age.
At school I like my classes
But hate to do homework.
I hope the other kids donít think
That I act like a jerk.
At times, I donít know how to act;
Iím not mature as yet.
I should not tell you this, but I
Need boundíries to be set.
One day Iím quite emotional;
Iím sad when nothingís wrong,
The next, I laugh and carry on
And sing a silly song.
I donít mean half the things I say.
Thoughts fly off from the wall.
Some words that fall out of my mouth
Surprise me most of all.
I hate to have to clean my room;
I think thatís sissy work.
I never met a household chore
I didnít want to shirk.
I like to talk in teen lingo;
It makes my parents mad.
So what is wrong with ďYou da bomb,Ē
ďOh Man!Ē or ďLookiní bad"?
My friends are so important that
I want to please them all.
I love to go hang out with them.
Just chilliní is a ball!
I love to own clothes that are ďin,Ē
To wear my shirt tail out.
I like the way my flip flops feel
When I walk all about.
Sometimes I like to be alone,
Away from everyone.
My parents do not understand,
But I love them a ton.
I have a heart for those in need.
Iím very generous;
So Mother does not understand
When Sister and I fuss.
Iíd love to have a brand new car
So I could tool around.
How awesome would that be for me--
Just flying on the ground!
I worry plenty about stuff.
That may seem strange to say
Since I donít have to go to work
Or have the bills to pay.
About my future Iím concerned,
For when I graduate.
I hope that Iíll succeed at work
And find my perfect mate.
I know that God has plans for me
I want to fill my place,
To live my life so when I die,
Iíll look in Jesusí face.
Treat me with patience and with love
Because youíll never know
How much youíve blessed me with your life
Or caused my faith to grow.
And one last word to those who might
Be critical or mean:
Iím very special in Godís sight
Although Iím just a teen.
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