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I wrote this poem one day when I felt like my parents and my friends were trying to run my life.

Trash

You're throwing it away, you're wasting your life.

You're too young to know what decisions to make.
You're too stupid to know what opportunities to take.

You're just a teenager, too rebellious and wild to think.
You're on the brink of falling over the edge.
Don't take a step too far, be cautious,
right now you're on the ledge.

I'm just trying to help, so don't raise your voice.
It's not your choice anymore.
You must do as I say, you can't have it your way.

You don't know what you want.
You can't have what you hunt.

You can't have your own dreams, you have mine.

I couldn't live my life to the fullest,
so I'm going to make yours the dullest.

Don't waste your life or throw it away
because you're living it for me, my way.
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131 Visitor Comments

Amanda
Hey that sounds jus lyk my life that was so awesome!
samim
this is a reflection of how i feel im living a life i dont want to live im liveing it for my parents and i dont want that thanks for making me realize it in writing sam
texan4ever
first off--this was great! strong and willing to take a stand and say something! great job!:-) this is how i've felt pretty much all school year. it feels good to know there is someone who can understand and feel what i feel. thank you!
Jackelyn
This is really good.
michelle
I understand were ur coming 4rm. people tring 2 run ur life. They mean no harm just parents you'll see in the long run. I understand now that im 22, but then i felt like u.
Jessica
This poem is just like me. I like this poem a lont.
DUATLANZER
It is interesting a very good peom . I hope you write more I will read them if you do. I like your poem 80% out of a 100%. love to hear you soon. Your Friend, Tweety
tera
wow. nicely put! you can definitly wriet a good poem!
Stephanie
Wow i loved this. i understand this . its like ur writein about my life. hang in there things will get better stephanie
cayla
that was a great poem. i feel that my mom is trying to run my life. shes always putting me down and when i say i want to be this shell say "why not be this? this is better. " i cant stand her. well got to go. keep writing.
xXxrachaelxXx
the poem is perfect my mum tries to run my life in the way she wished she had hers
kay
this poem really toched me because somtimes i fill as if someone hs on strings making my every move as if i were ponocio
Kristen
Wow, this poem is excellent. I can really understand and connect with it. This is exactly how my parents treat me and I can't stand them when they try so hard to get me to live to their expectations when it conflicts with my own. Nice job!
jeffery
this is a good poem u r very good ive wrote somthing similar to this but yea good job
Nginja
How I wish you could tell our parent and guardians more of such breathtaking facts,maybe they might let us live to realize our dreams,not thei reched old fashioned fantasies. I won't be ammused if this is the best poem!
PRANESH
NOTHING EVER WAS SAID IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE SO SIMPLY ABOUT THE ADOLESCENCE COMPLAINTS. VERY GOOD WORK. IN FACT A REMARKABLY AMAZING WORK. MY APPLAUDS TO THE POET.
Alex
Wow that is so good Its all so true teenagers hav ther own minds yet every1 just thinks of us as little kids I agree that we dont ALWAYS know what is right for us but we need to live n understand
Alicia
this is how feel at home when my parents don't let me do it my way i alawy have to do their way i hate
Mel
I love this poem an i relate to it in more ways then one keep up the great work
Rebecca
cool poem! i give u a ten out of ten
Anna
Oh my goodness that is soo amazing! I absolutly love it! Great Job
whitney
i can definitely relate and u just found the words to express what i have been desperately trying to convey for whats seems like forever. thank you!
jodi
this peom is awesome. it is the truth about everything. i love it
amanda
i love how you made the poem rhyme without forcing it, it makes your feelings show even more. & for the record i know exactly how you feel, & everyone goes through it, your not alone.
Kathy
wow u did an amazing job i really liked this poem this is how i feel sometimes and i could definetaly relate to this good job!
rebel
that was one of the most true to life poems i've ever read. it's down to life, it's reality, the poem will be the thorn in society's side and i thank you for it
Nesmarie
Oh wow! That really touched me. I could really relate. I cried the moment I read the first line! Good job. ^^
MARLINE
I FEEL YOU GIRL. PARENTS NOW DAYS THINK THAT JUST BECAUSE THEY WASTED THEIR LIFE THEY THINK THEY CAN CONTROLL OURS. PLEASE. THEY BETTA KEEP IT MOVEN!
Sarah
This poem is so true its almost scary. I just wanna say Alexandra your a poem was outstanding! I know because i feel the same way!
alisa
its a good 1 keep up the work and right some more
ashley
I love this poem! It sounds exactly like what I've been going through. Life as a teen is so hard when you have people who want you to live out your life the way they would have lived theirs. It's sad to know that they won't let you live the way you want.
katie
this poem inspires me to tell my family and friends to stop trying to run my life and just get on with theirs. i mean they have a life of their own and i dont try to run it
ebere
I really enjoed reading your poem. I could really relate to what the parent was telling the child.
Alexandra
Great poem, i feel my parents try to run my life also. U really hit the spot!
Andrea
This poem really touch me and reminds me of myself. I have made the wrong decisiones,because i not perfect, and now i cant make any decisiones because my parents make all the decisiones in my life.
Cody
This is one of the best poems I have heard. I liked so much I have this poem on my wall in a frame.
mahira
wow thats peoms amazing and so true too. mahiraa
Krystal
Very true about adult authority tight poem
jadly
i really liked your peom. i can totally realate to it. my parents are exacly like that. it flowed good i thought
monica
i thought the poem was great i agree my parent dose that love mon
Becky
I am so glad there are poets in the world other wise us untalented people would never know what we are feeling, I give this poem an A+
Lashunda
I really like that poem because it's the real deal and as a poet myself i write about subjects just like that because if poetry a competition i would win.
cate
2 words, AWESOME and TRUE!
Puseletso
this rocks and i like to put it on my room.
Celso
Ah to be young again. to think that your decisions are the best anyone could make and to believe that only your friends can see things like you. Eventually you will grow older and see beyond your noses and realize that you will continue to grow and learn more about life. In your 20's you will look at your younger years as the years when you were barely coming out of your shell. and if you pay attention, you will notice that we never have all the answers and you might learn to appreciate what it is to live life without the influx of hormones that blind your emotional decisions. Wisdom comes with age. "When I cannot find my ignorance, I have lost my wisdom. "
Ellen
You know, I have read alot of these and this is the only one so far the i reallly wanted to comment on! I dont know how old you are or were when you wrote that but it's great! I wish its was longer and more described! But Yea! That's a part of growing up. Your parents try to live their lives threw the kids! It's hard and for anyone else that is going threw it. Wait it out and speak your mind. It will pass.
MAYELINE
i love this poem
Rebekah
i really like this poem because my parents do the same thing.
Maria
This was a great poem and you're right about making your own decisions
John
I liked this poem. I believe that this poem is very true. I also feel that my family and friends are trying to run my life! Keep it up the writing!
Molly
Well, i LOVED that poem. i'm a 13 year old girl, i live in Dallas, Texas. and i TOTALLY feel that way with my parent. like they just DON'T understand. although they always SEEM to b right. that's what bugs me. but the reason they'r alway right is cuz they've been there. they were teenagers JUST like us. so we got to understand it. well anyway. i LOVE ur poem.
Chanai
This poem shows exactly how so many teens feel! And its so true your parents tell you not to raise your voice or give you attitude but half the time you dont even know you are doing it!
Char
Ok! yeah that is tottaly how i feel with my parents. I hat it, they tell me i'm old enough to make my own decitions but they still make them all for me. It drives me crazy. I cant take it when they do that to me, it's like life is one big contradiction.
kk
so true this discribes eveything i feel
Serena
hey alexandra I loved your poem it is exactly like my relationship me and my mom have. cause she didnt have a teenage life cause she had me. So she made a mistake and is now taking it out on me. and trying to live her life through me. So great poem and I would like to read more of your poems so keep me posted.
brooke
i loved this poem. it puts into words how alot of people (teens) feel these days. you have talent keep writing!
ennie
because i go thru the same situation at home too, and i think its a good way to express feelings.
Mom W1
Direct and to the point. But as a parent myself, we're trying to protect you best we can till you get out on your own. Look at the bright side of things, and realize your parents love you. Smile!
sam
thats how i feel when my family trys to run but i stick up for myself and so no its my life stay away from it
Gemma
This poem is amazing. Thats all i have to say :)
Hollie
it touched me, parents taking over your life, it's true!
alysia
this is such a very true poem i know how you feel my parents always want me to stay home and never have any fun they always make choices for me about my future and what i am going to do with it i just want to tell them to shut up sometimes dont worry though i try not to i just keep thinking soon i'll be 18
Cassie
I agree,people dont think that teens can make decisions,and if there rong its like i told you so well how do you think you get better,you learn from your mistakes . theres no such thing as perfect in this world. GREAT POEM!
Sara Beth
I Love This Poem. I Always Feel As If I Do What I Want To My Parents Will Say No Because They Could Never Do It. I Hate When They Do It Sooo Much! And Have You Noticed That Whenever You Try To Say Something So Nice And Want A Nice Answer Back They Yell At You And In Order To Let Them Know That You Didn't Mean It They Yell At You For Raising Your Voice? And When The Fight Or Arguement Is Over Its Always The Kid's Fault?!?! Or Whatever You Do Is Never Good Enough? I Give This Poem A 5+!
Natalie
I like this poem because it is true about how others always choose things for you as a teenager. You don't get to choose where you live (until old enough to leave home), how much money you get, how late you can stay out, when your old enough to think for yourself.
rai
diz poem touch me a lot it describes my self!
Naomi
Thank you very much for writing this poem. It expressed fully how I feel every day.
Elizabeth
wow this poem is awesome its exactly how every teenager feels about their parents. i personally have felt this way many times they say they trust you to make the right decision but as soon as you have the decision to make they make it for you or take away your chance of making the decision.
shafrekwa
Your poem rocks
jaimie
i can totally relate. now that i have a serious boyfriend my whole family is on my back. i understand you completely!
Anastasia
THIS POEM ROCKS!
Sasha
this poems tells a truth to an extent. even though this is how we view what our parents are doing sometimes we are just blowing it out of proportion.
Ainslie
it's sumthing alot of teens can relate too and me going through tough tymes with my parents would like to say i'm glad sumone felt the same way
Ashlee
You have your own life and your own identy show it off and use for Gods purpose!
Mari
woah. this is what im goin through. and its nice to know someone else went through it too.
Kyal
WOW! i love this poem i was faced with a hard decison and this is how i feel between my mom and i right now
ange
your poem was really good and it also makes you feel better i dont write poems im a songwriter! luv ange
Natasha
Unsettling true. Thank u for putting words to how I feel.
michael
As a parent I take your point,although we are trying for you
Tiffany
this poem is soooo true and i love it
Lauren
This poem is so true. its scary. parents have this urge to tr n control you life and you choices. They have to learn to trust you.
nina
kewl
Belinda
That poem sounds like my life. My parents always tell me things and it feels like they are running my life. This poem really mad me think on all the things that my parents told me.
jasmine
i can relate to this poem because my family is trying to run my life also it like they don't want to let me have fun or live the life i want to live and i really like this poem it lets me know that i'am not the only one going through this
Laci
i really loved your poem. It was so real. A lot of your poems make so much sense.
halie
i sooooo love the poem it is exacally how my dad is toward me and you said it all keep up the Great writing
bablclowdfiya
This was a great poem-it completely represents me and a lot of other people. Kepp on writing!
Lauren
Rhis poem is so true! My parents are the same way. I admire your work.
Zoey
Oh my gosh that is how i feel right now. My mom is always making my choices for me.
Karen
I thought your poem was so good, I am reading it for a theatre class I have. I can totally relate to everything you're saying.
Shanni
This is like how I feel. I loved the way you expressed it. GOOD ONE! Keep writting
mike
thak u so much 4 righting this poem i have always wanted to get my fellings out bout u wrote a poem i cant match it is so good because any one can say ya thats me
tiny
I loved your poem!Its so true!Keep up the good work!***
becky
i love how you explain what we should be doing with pur lives
Tenisha
This was a very good and also true poem. Parents are always trying 2 rule your life.
Amber
This poem tells my life i love it i know how it feels when people try and run your life for you its very depressing and if makes you feel worthless
Tera
ok, so i wrote a poem on the same subject matter yesterday- its so fustrating! (i called mine "lenin" because my parents remind me of communist dictators. hehe) I love your diction, and the alliteration adds alot to the overall tone. great job
kobe
this poem. its awesome. i love it. really.
Michelle/Tiffany
Very touching poem. We feel the same way sometimes! Keep writing!
Johanna
Great poem very strongly will and powerful!
nena
I feel the same way sometimes , how there always trying to run your life and not letting you make you own mistakes but you have to live with it i guess thats why i enjoy your poem.
Danielle
This poem is so ture parents are always making kids do stuff trying to make there kids life better than theres was. But they just end up ruining them. I can really relate to what you are saying.
Liz
I know exactly how you feel!
Tia
i love this poem i have a friend that needs to realize that she has her own life but i dont know how to show her. Thanks
Angel
This poems says so much about how every teen feels. They tell us to make our own choices,but then they do it for us. I know how you feel.
ally
This poem reminds me of my parents and my two sisters it's really good
Shilo
That is so cool i loved your poem
jason
I know exactly what you mean, parents trying to live through their kids don't realize the self-esteem issues that they put their children through.
Mal
i feel the same way, my parents wont let me make my own sitakes, an they r always trying to run my life like it was teirs, cause they messed up on theirs. I lov this poem.
Casey
i loved ur poem soooo much. u should never stop writing.
Ana
GREAT (sometimes one word can say a lot - so this is mine to you) GREAT!:)
A
THIS IS SUCH A GOOD POEM! IT'S ONE OF THOSE POEMS WITH FEELINGS THAT ALL TEENS CAN RELATE TO BUT DONT WANT TO SHOW! THANK YOU FOR WRITING IT ITS REALLY GOOD!
jenna
i want to say i can relate to the poem to. it was i good poem
Ashley
When I read this poem it made me think of my old boyfriend who was so controlling ,but think god I got out of that relationship. This poem is basically telling about a girl who is being controlled by someone,from her mom to her boyfriend she is being controlled.
Ivy
I can really relate to this poem, it’s almost as if you wrote MY thoughts. Very well written!
Alexis
This is exactly how i felt about my parents! i read this and went "wow, someone else knows what i mean" I have recently moved out of my parnts house, i miss them, but i dont miss them telling me what to do.
Baby
It takes alot of thinking and alot of effort to do something like this,so keep writting cuz u have a great talent,and I can totaly relate to this poem,I always wanted to be a poem writter,but I can never thing of things to write of , or how to put them together,GREAT POME!
Alisa
Very good poem, i can understand what you mean.
GZA
I FEEL THE SAME WAY.
Jasmin
I loved this work. I cried when I read it. It touched me so much because of all the crap I'm going through right now. For the past 2 years of my life , everything has been like a summary of your poem. Every one suddenly betrays me and it takes the fullest nerve out of my mind and makes me explode. Thanks for finally making people realize how it feels!
denver
that was the best poem I have ever read. trust me I can relate. Thanx
Ashleigh
wow! i love this poem, i can definitly relate to this one. i constantly feel the pressure of my parents--i have dreams too! but to my parents that a new concept!
katie
incredible poem i loved it
Michelle
Awesome work!! Sometimes I've felt like a piece of trash being tossed around in the wind before by my friends. Really down to earth!
Becky
This poem is good, and it points out perfectly peoples compulsions to always be in control
cary
this sounds very farmilar I know how you feel ilove your work
SaltyTears
I feel so similar, it touches me deep inside. If your words would have wings I would like them to fly arround to world. Because the message they carry is more valuebal to mankind then all of the worlds gold together.
azn
I can relate.
Gerry
its really fantastic
Theresa
i liked this poem b/c it was written about a subject that i, like many other teenagers, could relate to. i know we all must have felt this way at one point in our lives but the poem made me really realize it.
shayvon
touching

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