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Middle school is usually one of the hardest times of life. That's where the popularity exists and that's where things have the tendency to go wrong. This poem is about the thousands of mistakes I made during my desperate attempts to be popular. And although it's written in third person, it's about myself.

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john
I LIKE THIS POEM IT HLODS A LOT OF TRUTH IN ITS WORDS
Sirra
"If you hate a person, you hate something in them that is a part of yourself. What isn't a part of ourselves doesn't concern us," they say. We are our own worst enemies. You go, Girl! I am printing this out as we speak! It will go straight into my personal anthology. This is great!
Ida
It is true and i've seen, be with and experience with those kind of people. Reading this makes me feel that i'm telling it off to someone. i've been a victim of one. who was treated that way.
jhordane
i loved this poem

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The Inner Battle

You criticize what you do not know
You belittle those who aren't like you
You insult, you lie, and you manipulate
to make yourself seem superior

Have you not realized that you're putting yourself down
the same way you do to others?
Snide remarks and crude comments
They come from inside you
From inside that "perfection" you try to push forward
and force into everyone's face
Remarks and insults coming from you
simply reveal what you truly are

Insecure

You let your insecurity control you
You allow it to take your sense and maturity hostage
Those people out there didn't do this to you
They never insulted you,
never belittled you,
never treated you as demeaningly as you treat them
They're the innocents being affected
by your inner battle with yourself.

You insult because you're afraid.
The qualities you despise in yourself
shadow your eyes
and become the qualities of someone else -
an innocent.
You may think it's fun to laugh at that poor bystander.
You may think it'll make you God,
but, in the end, you'll realize
that you were doing battle with yourself the whole time.
After all, you are your own worst critic.

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More Visitor Comments (from the Voting form)

Anthony
This poem is so true. It really discribes middle school like it is.
David
I think that your poem is very good. It really touched me. I hope you continue to write poems.
Rachel
I love the poem, i read i and it made me think about my own life and how i treat others and what i am, thanx
Jamie
Kool Poem. Describes what I feel on the inside. I don't do that to others, but I think that many people feel this way. Great job.
Taz
I agree with Anna and Todd! luv ya
Chris
This is an amazing poem. I LOVE IT! It truly shows (what I believe) almost every 'Cheerleader' or 'Jock' does to the dorky kids. I love the poem.
ALICIA
WE ALL HAVE THOSE BATTLES THAT WE HAV TO FIGHT AND WETHER WE WONT TO OR NOT WE GOTTA LIVE WIT THEM. BUT IT GETS EASIER WIT TIME.
Sophie
This poem is so true, My Mum always told me this..but i never truely Belived her, but after reading this poem i Completely understand! If people are ever like that to you, plz, just ignore them!Love to you, keep writting, you have a brilliant Talent
ayeasia
this poem was very good and made me understand what it must be like for a person like Lindsay.I am now doing an english project on her poem at school.
ayeasia
this poem was very good and made me understand what it must be like for a person like Lindsay.I am now doing an english project on her poem at school.
Crystal
Well you have summed up exactly how i feel about my father, i mean he is exactly like that. it was really good and i really liked it.
Todd
This could really clear up a confused but yet mature mind. It opened my eyes, thanks
Ali
This poem is really well written, and extremely true. I watch my friends everyday treat others so horrible, and I refuse to take part in it. No, I may not be as popular as they are for it, but at least I am okay with myself, and I have enough respect for myself not to put others down for my own enjoyment.
shell
Awsome poem. i really enjoyed reading it. it is very true and real. Great job Lindsay it was beutiful
Anna
I loved the poem it made me realize things about myself and, the way i treat others
Ashlee
I just want to tell you that I am very popular and pretty and get the guys at my school with out being like you and putting down others yeah I have to admit I have made snide remarks about the thrift shop looking clothes or the bad walmart shoes and not new balance but I quit and I have found myself even more popular!So please I'm sure your nice but it makes me feel like that's all popular people do ia put people do!
Desiree
I love this poem! It si so true! Keep up the great work!
Tara
I really liked your poem because it is so true of how people treat other people. And it does'nt just apply to teenages it apply's to everyone. Welldone!
Cherri
This poem is awsome. It makes a statement.
Debbie
That poem was really good. It also reminded me of the way some kids act ay school.
ashley
Personally i think your poem was great... and it happens everywhere.

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