What You See In Us


You look at us,
What do you see?
Tide Pods?
Fortnite?
Waterbottles flipping on YouTube?
What do you think we’re like?
How about dumb?
Or lazy,
Or ungrateful?
Oh, let’s not forget,
Anti-Social
Naive,
Consumed by technology
By the media
By how many likes our selfies get
By
How
People
SEE
Us.
Of course,
The media is how we present ourselves,
Mainly to our peers.
Those older than us?
They see us differently.
They don’t see our generation as individuals,
But as an overall class.
They see kids who don’t try,
Kids that have EVERYTHING
But earn,
Nothing.
Sure,
There are a few bad wolves in the pack,
But we are
Not,
All
Like them.
You wanna know what most of us see?
We see people who see others,
Kim K,
J-Lo,
Beyoncé,
All of which are, stunning women.
As people,
We try to be them
Because that is the ONLY way
We will be good enough,
To everyone else.
So what do we do?
We skip meals
We whiten our teeth
We paint our nails
And we cover our faces with make-up,
Pound
By
Pound,
To feel like maybe,
Just, Maybe,
We will be good enough.

But that’s not all we see.
We see teenagers
With parents FAR from what you would call
“Helicopter,”
Or
“Lawnmower” parents.
These are parents who haven’t saved a
Single,
Lousy penny,
For their “precious angel”
To go to college.
Therefore,
We see ourselves at what?
Fifteen?
Sixteen maybe?
Not all of us even old enough to drive,
Working not just one,
But maybe even two jobs.

At our age,
We’re lucky to make anything over eight dollars an hour.
So we work,
Shift after shift,
Hour after hour,
Week,
After,
Week.
Maybe we can save
Just enough
To even open an account.
We know we’ll never have enough,
So on top of working twenty hours a week
And going to school eight hours a day,
We go home.
We go home and we study
And study,
And study,
HOLY CRAP
We study.
Cause unless we wanna end up like our parents,
No degree,
No career,
Living paycheck to paycheck,
We have to earn scholarships.

Did you hear what I said?
Did you?
I said Earn,
I said Work
I said Study,
Things that apparently,
Some of you don’t see.
We
Are
Trying.
Why,
Of ALL the things you DO see,
Can’t you see that?

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