What is it like to be eighteen?

Eighteen is driving down a dark road

Blasting music

At 12 am.

Eighteen is a baby eagle

Just leaving

The nest.

Eighteen is calling your mom

In a panic

To make your doctor’s appointment

For you.

Eighteen is heavy kissing

Under the stars.

Eighteen is a haunted

Woods trail.

Eighteen is the beginning

Of a chapter

Not the end

Of a story.

Eighteen is a headache.

Eighteen is twenty one

And sixteen

At the same time.

Eighteen is impatience.

Eighteen is dopamine


In the brain.

Eighteen is laughter.

Eighteen is tears.


Is just really weird.


This poem is about: 
My family
Our world


Eli Wilner

Oh my you have a great gift 

Have you read Goethe?


Eli Wilner

Anastasia Tunberg

Thank you so much for reading and I appreciate your comment! Thanks!

And I have! 



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