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age reveal i guess?? have fun with this piece. bit of satire thrown in this one.


October 20, 2021

PROMPT: [Insert Age]


"Just turned 14 / and I think this year I'm gonna be mean"

come on, come with your all &
    clench your fists, take this ticket

& hold on tight. in for
    a ride, you bet. & you'd be right

but careful! it won't be what you
    expect. settle in 'cause time flies

& you haven't got time for
    nothing these days. you know it's not

what you wanted but you get
    what you get and you don't get

upset. but you aren't
    stoic, you're still searching for

your teenage dream. you're here
    and everyone knows it. the acquainting
stage is over now: it's time
    to start the show.

"Just turned 14 / and I think I know everything"

because you've got it all
    figured out, you see? never looking

back: past you
    was so silly. and you better

remember teenage you in the
    future, because you're making history,

kid, & there's nowhere to go from here
    but down. & you're not doing that, are

you? you've finally figured it
    all out, while floating through this

cyberspace, this shifting
    place because back in the real world

everything's hit pause. but
    when it starts back up again you're

what will come next. &
    nobody better forget.

"Just turned 14 / and I think this year I'm gonna be mean"

 come on, let's rule the world,
    do everything. time will envy our

ability, our schedules
    packed. no apologies. you've

changed, you got it? no more
    being nice. walk in like you own

the world because
    it's true. this time you won't

pretend anymore.
    (you still do.)

"Just turned 14 / and I think the world revolves around me"

you'll think of me
    someday. you'll look back & wish

you were 14 again, because
    there was no better time

to be. you'll think about
    how this was the moment. 

the pinnacle of dis-
    covery. you'll look back

with fondness,
    smiling. you'll

think, maybe
    14 wasn't so bad

after all.
Quotes in italics are from the song "Boys will be Bugs" by Cavetown.


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  • Toikupu~est

    This reminds me of PJ Harvey's song "50ft Queenie", in which a large portion of the song lyrics are "I'm the kind of the world!!" haha :)
    also I can't find the words but how you sloped the last few stanzas at the end? perfect!

    about 2 months ago
  • SamRose

    Re: Well 10000 isn't bad! I get that XD last year I got like 500 lol

    3 months ago
  • Yellow Sweater

    Okay, I literally thought you were my age... I mean no shade to fourteen year olds, but how are you already this brilliant!!! I'm feeling insanely jealous right now. I hope this doesn't sound condescending.

    3 months ago
  • Chai Tea

    WOAH!!!!! This poem is so sweet-sounding! I heard a melody in my head as I read each line :) Are you a musical person/songwriter?
    Re: Thank you so much! Your words made my day <3

    3 months ago
  • pidgin

    re: thanks for letting me borrow it! see, at one point a couple years i thought that was it, but then i was like no, that doesn't sound right...
    here we are 3 years later... and if it doesn't fit perfectly, eh, i'm down to just vibe too
    glad to see i'm not the only one with that problem haha!

    3 months ago
  • pidgin

    i love this format so much, i don't have the coherent word to describe what i like about it but i might have to steal it :)
    re: yay aro gang! glad you relate. i did a whole lot of thinking and aro seems to click the most so....
    also, thank you so much, for pointing that out or otherwise i would have gone the whole day without knowing that...

    3 months ago