I’ve been living on a one-way street
Where things only go the other way,
So I’ve made up my mind to pack my bags,
Because I’m not going to stay.
I’m weary of being invisible
Until someone wants something from me:
This feeling that I don’t matter much
Is not how it’s meant to be.
So no more smiling and nodding,
Or suppressing the way that I feel,
The winds of change have begun to blow
And it’s all about to get real.
Next time someone knocks on my door
Looking to chat or take a small loan,
They’ll be surprised by the lack of response
When they realise nobody’s home.
Some will say I’m being selfish,
And complain of my hard heart and mind;
Unable to see that’s what they’ve done to me
And I’m only responding in kind.
I know they may never understand
The truth of the situation;
It’s more important that I’ve developed
A degree of self preservation.
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Please understand that this is not written to demean or mock teens who feel this way.
I love talking and working with teens – they are my preferred student demographic.
I simply wanted to write something to which they could relate, and that they could read and know that someone “gets” them.
And, to be honest, I often still share these sentiments. Especially the part about mornings.