Our Teenage Years

Obsessive disillusion and teenage confusion

We are living in each other’s lies and opinions,

With our subconscious excuses for happiness.

Questioning reality while suppressing insanity

Deathly dreams intruding the day’s omnipresent nightmare

Tossing and turning, all our organs are burning

Falling hard with cuts and bruises

When we were promised a soft landing

Looking and not seeing, living but barely breathing

Caught in the limbo between comfort and adulthood

Sleepless, lonely nights and unnecessary, lonely fights.

Patronised for knowing little, ignoring us trapped in the middle

A life of kaleidoscopic events, too quick to capture to understand

Learning that pain and lust are one emotion

And hoping that helps explain the commotion,

Of our hormone fuelled messes that leak into one another.

Growing up and inwards but falling down and outwards

Wondering what is the meaning of the word ‘forward’

Nineteen years old and sitting on life’s ledge

Waiting for the drop, to start again.


And dealing with all these;

Mirages and confusion

Lies and disillusion

Anticipation and disappointment

These internal wounds without ointment

By writing poetry at 4am, with a terrible rhyming scheme.


12 thoughts on “Our Teenage Years

  1. Oh, Len this is incredible.
    Our confusions and depression about the harsh reality of the world we live in, you’ve put it in this poem.
    It reaches deep into my heart, the expression in this poem.
    Very beautifully written, Len 🙂

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  2. It’s not often about the rhyme, this poem proves it. Your descriptions of the confusion, fresh wounds, and middle of something feelings were spot on. I enjoyed this very much.

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