Teenage Years

I wish that I could admit
That I would have liked to omit
My teenage years and plunge
Deep into adulthood

Then my voice was never heard
The words emerged
But they float from my mouth
And evaporate

I cried out
I screamed out
But still I was unheard
As others closed their eyes against me

It was simpler, safer
To talk to me about
Boys, first kisses
And all the opportunities
That lay ahead
A fairy tale future
Anything darker
Remained unsaid.


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