Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Teenage Laureate

The United States government should seriously consider appointing a teenage poet to the position of Laureate. Among the ranks of Maya Angelou, we would have a voice for the angst-stricken. A purveyor of words for the unheard. A weaver of magic for the annoyed.

There she goes again
Offering me a sandwich
She knows I hate Swiss cheese.

Is she taunting me?
Telling me to "eat" my dinner
Madness!

She appears to me, like a nightmare I cannot wake from...
Get up!
Have you done your homework?
Get in the car, we will be late for your music practice

Woman!
Have YOU done your homework
I want to scream back?

I watch her writhe
No grace
Back hunched
Face twisted
As she tries to dance to my music.
I laugh, for she cannot know the words of Kanye.

Go back to your Peter Gabriel, Mother!

I want to scream and run for freedom...
But instead, I slowly roll my eyes
and gently exhale
and tighten my burdened shoulders

And I smile, knowing she cannot see me do these things

16 comments:

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

You have captured it.

Nancy said...

Is this your daughter's perfect composition?

I love it!

Sass E-mum said...

Back to your Peter Gabriel. Chuckle.

Your blog is great - so I gave you an award in honour of your jokes (esp. the rude ones).

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

She sees it all right....and it drives her crazy!

kristenspina said...

Well-done! I love it!! And I don't have a teenager in the house yet, but my time is coming, I know it's coming...

Amy said...

very funny. except for the knocking of peter gabriel. who doesn't swoon over "in your eyes"???

Marie said...

Ah yes, such a burden to have a mom who tries hard to take good care of you. I remember the days well.

painted maypole said...

bwa ha ha ha ha!

liv said...

i just got distracted by misreading something in one of your ads. you SO don't want to know what i thought it said. but, i laughed so hard that i forgot what i was going to say!

Jen M. said...

Liv - I do too want to know!!

Sass-e Thanks for the bling, honey!

And my daughter could probably write something a LOT better than this. I was just sort of channelling her the other day...she is actually already published as a poet in an anthology - she's passed her mom up!

Fairly Odd Mother said...

Awesome and perfect. The Peter Gabriel line made me laugh. What? He isn't cool anymore??

Carrie Sue said...

I love that!

I watch her writhe
No grace
Back hunched
Face twisted
As she tries to dance to my music.
I laugh, for she cannot know the words of Kanye.

Too Funny!

Madame Queen said...

That is one of the best things I've ever read. I don't have teenagers (YET!) but I remember those days well. You have perfectly captured the disdain. Hilarious.

Bipolarlawyercook said...

Major snorting.

Bogart in P Towne said...

Thanks for letting me stop by...this is great!

Swistle said...

This is hilarious. Also: terrifying.