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When You Look At A Teenager What Do You See

When you look at a teenager What do you see? Do you see someone who is Innocent and carefree? Do you see somebody With no responsibilities? Do you wish you could be Their age again? We see in youth, there is potential. The sky's the limit! As it were. But there also is transition. Goodbye child, adult near. A growth in understanding A development of care. But emotional challenges arise It affects their friends. The youths, they are deep thinkers. They may question what life's about. In confusion, in frustration They may struggle to work it out. They've neither the experience nor the wisdom To feel it's okay for help to shout. Loneliness and despair Could be their view. Today many issues face them! " What's my gender? Who am I? Global warming is severe! To help reverse it, I must try! How can I explain when I too Don't know why I cry? " They deserve so much credit For what they go through! Though us adults, we think back... The world's an ever changing place. And the problems we encountered Have a calmer looking face. How can we help today's youths know That they are by no means out of place? We need to be there For them! Though on the surface teens Seem happy, seem carefree, And yes, they have less Responsibility, They've still to learn how to Deal with things holistically. Do you wish you could Be their age again?

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Date: 9/9/2021 8:37:00 PM
I do wish I could be a teen again, bike riding, giggly friends, sleepovers. The fun we enjoyed w/out phones in my neighborhood of 12 kids. Now covid and politics, worries. Social media glued to their palms, I am guilty of buying. My teen, now 20 at college. I miss her. As I finished your poem I sent her a text to tell her so. You blink and they've grown up. Your writing resonated with me, giving me more empathy for her. Such an important poem.
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Natasha L Scragg
Date: 9/10/2021 5:11:00 AM
Awe Marikate, thank you for your heartfelt expressions... I'm not a mother myself but sometimes I reflect on how much life has changed in only ten years! I'm 28. I really feel for you missing your daughter. Sending warm wishes...