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To My Teenage Self

It's OK that you don't have much to say Your words are kept on paper For your eyes to savor It doesn't matter that your best friends Are Agatha Christie and Emily Dickinson It's alright that the phone doesn't ring With silly chatter over pointless things Don't be concerned with the prom princess With perfect skin who looks flawless You are not one of the sheep that blends in You are more alive in your own skin Of books, and writing, and libraries They can keep their ugly judgments and drunk parties You don't need doctors and therapy Because you prefer anonymity To toxic high school hypocrisy You put yourself before contests To see which boy likes which girl the best You like yourself for who you are Proud to be unpopular Proud of your poetry, proud of your rhymes Your unvalued hobby, your peculiar pastime You like reading the thesaurus for fun! Never apologize, never be done You know your old soul Don't fall into the female curse Of self-sacrifice, always love yourself, first. 7/17/18

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Date: 5/23/2020 10:49:00 PM
Wow, Michelle ~ every teenager should read this. |If they only knew, the 'nerds' turn out to be the winners in the long run on so many levels.
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Date: 5/13/2020 8:50:00 PM
Oh, this is wonderful. And your last lines were like a big hug I could feel. <3
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 5/14/2020 12:17:00 PM
Am sending more hugs your way! xoxo :)
Date: 4/23/2020 7:41:00 PM
Michelle, you wrote my high school biography! How nice it would be if we could have gotten a letter like this from our future self. I was a high school odd duck and felt it profoundly with the laughs, stares, eye rolls, and teasing of my peers. The one variation was that you had poetry and I had math club (ouch!) Creative, and on point - a fave for me.
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 5/14/2020 12:19:00 PM
Thank you, John, but in high school I was not confident at all - very much the outsider.
Date: 8/29/2018 4:33:00 PM
A poem that shines with self acceptance, confidence without arrogance- too often teenage identity is molded by peer pressure, not healthy self acceptance- exceptional write- loved it!
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Date: 7/30/2018 7:38:00 PM
This resonates so loudly with me, Michelle. Wish I'd had the courage that you had way back when … Oh, well … Great write and GOOD FOR YOU! Great poem too! :) gw
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 7/31/2018 2:47:00 PM
Yes, in high school I was the girl in the back of the library reading sonnets while my classmates were at the Friday night dance - thanks for your comment!
Date: 7/29/2018 2:48:00 PM
Dropping back to say many congrats Michelle:-) hugs jan xx
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 7/29/2018 3:12:00 PM
Thank you so much, Jan!
Date: 7/29/2018 11:51:00 AM
Michelle, congratulations on your first place win! Reminded my of my high school years when I preferred "anonymity." Nicely done.
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 7/29/2018 3:12:00 PM
Thank you, Mark! (I guess I misspelled 'anonymity', oh well-)
Date: 7/28/2018 9:27:00 PM
Back to congratulate you on your win. Cleverly creative. :)
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 7/29/2018 3:14:00 PM
Thank you again, Susan, really appreciate that!
Date: 7/28/2018 5:44:00 PM
Michelle, congratulations on your win. It is something throughout my years never did, love myself. My sacrifices were to my children and husband. Hugs Eve
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 7/29/2018 3:15:00 PM
Thank you for your wonderful comment, Eve!
Date: 7/18/2018 3:57:00 PM
Pearls of wisdom put in a time capsule and sent it back in time to yourself, Michelle. Funny thing is ... this poem arrived in the future, and blessed the hearts and minds of everyone else. Gorgeous musings. Aurora bright poetry. Love and more love always.
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 7/21/2018 7:12:00 PM
Thank you for your kind words, Freddie!
Date: 7/18/2018 12:18:00 PM
Oh and I too loved my thesaurus! And maps! Loved maps :-)
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 7/21/2018 7:13:00 PM
Not as good with maps, but enjoyed the thesaurus, and the dictionary, too!
Date: 7/18/2018 12:17:00 PM
Your words rang very true with me Michelle. I was lucky to have some similarly quirky friends though. Love love love the closing lines!
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 7/21/2018 7:12:00 PM
Thank you, always glad for your comments-
Date: 7/17/2018 8:40:00 PM
Oh my. This touched me profoundly. Had to laugh about reading the thesaurus lol. I read everything and anything. This is written by someone who knows now what matters. :)
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 7/21/2018 7:14:00 PM
So glad you enjoyed it, Susan!
Date: 7/17/2018 3:51:00 PM
wise words indeed Michelle and we don't all need to be sheep and follow the flock - be proud of who you are that is what us makes us individuals and happy to do out own thing and be happy in our own skin:-) hugs Jan xx
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 7/21/2018 7:15:00 PM
So appreciate your comments, thank you, Jan!