I am: American Teen
Good morning to you, American Teen!
The only individual tongue-tied enough to conform to arriving at school at six in the morning...without any financial compensation.
Who in this nation, willingly places themselves in an environment
That advocates submission to societal expectations?
Who in this nation, willingly allows for the exploitation of any personality trait
as a reason to fall into their trap of spreading yourself too thin?
Who in this nation, fills their days to the brim with unnecessary classes and resume fillers all while
incurring a dependency on caffeine at the age of 16?
our, American Teen!
“Being a well-rounded, identitless cookie-cutter student is the perfect way to spend your next four years and land you in institutions that want a taste of something fresh.”
Oh American Teen,
haven’t you learned the ways
Of your capitalistic, greed-driven country?
In this world you are merely a digit
A few character and you are rightfully placed in society
Oh American teen,
How could you
Be so blind?
“What’s your GPA?”
“How many college hours do you have?”
“What university are you going to?”
“What’s your major?
“How much is your salary?”
It’s all has an order, dear.
In this life, you are another thread in the patchwork quilt that is our nation.
Sewn into perpetual submissiveness
Not a seam ripper in sight.
But American Teen,
It doesn’t have to be this way.
You do not need to be another digit in the matrix.
You are the byproduct of existing.
the past, the present, and the future.
In this lifetime
You have lived through
The concern of global climate change,
The brink of a technological take over,
The rise of xenophobia
But in turn you have also seen
The acceptance of all love
The power of nationality
The voice of minorities
One day your time will come to an end
You will no longer sit in place of that meek, open minded
Character that resides in your juvenescence
You will stand tall in the figure of a grown spirit
A spirit set ablaze by the
Internal fire to be the catalyst of the world
A salute to:
Pursuing climate change reform
Advocating for the acceptence of each individual
Preventing materialism from controlling our society
Creating policies that actually take the country’s needs into consideration
As the world seems burst into flames all around
The Phoenix was forged in the fire
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