Mess | Teen Ink


September 25, 2018
By graciepratt BRONZE, Somerset, Kentucky
graciepratt BRONZE, Somerset, Kentucky
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Favorite Quote:
"Things have to get worse before they can get better"

I cannot grasp the concept of the people on this earth

Your looks & your social ranking determining your worth

Your state of mind at a constant worrying and fear

His thoughts take up his head, he sobs, pain all too severe

I wish my head was severed like the man from the book

Wish I could wake up everyday, not worry how I look

I wish this place I lived, loved us all the same

But i’m a man, I cannot feel, unless i’m screaming about video games

Last week we learned about fairy tales but I learned something else

That as children we had no say, in fact we were compelled,

To hear that men were princes had to save the fricken princess

I’m the knight in shining armour nothing more, nothing less.

Women, stay inside.

“Oh please let me go out!”

Slaughter pigs for you, take them back into the house.

I’m a man, that’s my role, I feel so heroic.

Now fold my clothes, don’t speak, let me bathe in what I’ve accomplished.

“No! I wanna help you! Lets garden food instead.

We’ll make carrots & I’ll help you cook,

I’ll fold, I’ll make our bed.”


But the land we live on is screaming at me, telling me i can’t

Why? I’ll never know. I do not understand.

Men on Earth feel threatened, at least I assume,

And so they tell me not to clean the house, “It’s a woman’s job to do”.

I just shower, I get up, I get food, I go to work,

Come home, my wife’s worthless, act like a jerk

When I was young they told me to be a knight,

To save the princess, to be a hero

And I thought that all my life

But then I met this man, and oh how I loved him.

I’m a stay-at-home dad, married to my husband.

And there’s no princess in sight, except our lovely daughter.

I tell her this story only, no fairy tales, no others

Because you don’t have to be recused , you can save yourself.

Like I did when my dad found out I was gay at only 12

But equality and loving those of the same sex isn’t the problem,

It’s the people in this world who find helpless souls then rob them

From the time they’re born, until the time they leave this crushing world

Stealing hope, devouring it, and with every single word

They stab them, words cutting, gushing blood

And now they’re gone

Left here is an exoskeleton, example of what you’ve done

Trump worried how to make America great,

Children from other countries desperate to escape

Racism’s another issue, it’s been going on for years

It isn’t fair that different colored skins have to fear

White supremacists yelling, telling them get out

Colored crying, “please don’t shoot he’s the only thing I have”

White cops, white rights, he killed them but it’s fine

Black man shopping and suddenly he died

“It’s ok, it’s alright, he didn’t mean to shoot.”

What if we reversed the roles and the black man didn’t mean to

Pride parades; this man was born in the wrong body.

I want to change myself, feel happy, so that I can love me.

Oh no that’s crazy, really not okay

But I’ll get lip fillers change my whole face, my whole shape

Change is always hard, but even harder when

Because of your looks you are segregated,


It’s getting late and,

Now it’s women, afraid to walk alone at night

It’s men, assumptions that they want us all to die

Guns, violence, should we get rid of them or no?

Depends, are you a conservative or liberal?

Here’s another story about another guy

He’s the reason teens are lying wide awake at night

Why stereotypes matter more than who we are

Why no one and nothing is accepted anymore

Police brutality

Racial injustice

The world is here screaming ‘cause we’ve had enough of this


Say it’s man versus man but it’s man versus self

Man versus him but it’s his mental health

Man versus it but we don’t know what that is

Other than the gaping hole of social epidemic

But not the kind that makes Nike’s sales go viral

The kind that makes my head spin, my mental health spiral

And believe it or not there’s a cause

I trip, it’s word’s rip,

Holding all of my will, taking it with it’s jaws

I could go on for hours naming things that he’s stole

But I won’t , for it’d take too long and get old

And the older it gets the harsher its words

Forgetting we are human

Killing innocent souls

Is he a man or a mouse?

Oh no, he is neither

Not kind, nor brave

Characterized by fire

The fire only burns at night when light’s darkest

Destroying our desire to breathe and to fight this


No more hope in the world

We’re at mere mortality

I breathe my last breath, look up, and say “f you society”.




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on Oct. 18 2018 at 10:06 am
Malcolm_Chase PLATINUM, Madison, South Dakota
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Favorite Quote:
Not all those who wander are lost
- J. R. R. Tolkien

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it
- Confucius

Believe you can and you're halfway there
- Theodore Roosevelt

Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.
- Albert Camus

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.
- Aristotle

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!
- Audrey Hepburn

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.
- Helen Keller

Wow @graciepratt...this was incredibly strong and I really enjoyed reading it. It was raw, and emotional, and I believe it was extremely good, and I think that you have a lot of talent and potential, keep writing, I'll keep reading :)