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Nerd MAG

November 23, 2008
By Anonymous

Unlike most of the guys who popularize the industry, me?
I wasn’t raised in the streets, most of my life I’ve been considered a geek.
Shielding my test papers from cheaters,
Discussing the exponential growth rate of bacteria with my teachers
Instead of feeding addictions, my nose was in the dictionary and Sisson’s.
Kids on the street would laugh and point saying, “You don’t know what you’re missing.”
Au contraire, the nightmares you awake from in the dark
Don’t compare to the imagery evoked by Clive Barker’s diction.
I wore my britches high and tight and shirts unbuttoned to the third.
First love called me Britannica because she’d throw out random words
And I’d define them, etymology was extra.
Next to Webster I was not only a giant, I was N-E-R-D-I-E-R, fa real.
Square black glasses and swinging dreads on a six-foot-three body,
I could hardly just blend in.
Disciplined in the art of creative expression,
I found myself on stage in front of crowds as early as 1997.
Ten or eleven years later, ink reunites with wrinkled paper,
My voice is a little deeper and teeth a little straighter.
Pants still ride high, making it easier for haters to kiss my Adidas
Who’d now rather join us than beat us
Because defeat is not an option when you’ve been through what I’ve been through.
I’ve never had to trap but that doesn’t mean I haven’t spent too
Many nights contemplating how to make it quick and painless.
Don’t get it twisted just because the “Star Wars” theme is on my playlist.

The author's comments:
Many people feel you have to fit a certain mold or archetype when actively persuing a passion. My goalin life is to prove to people that the one-dimensional standards we discriminately place on appearance, perception and standards are as indefinite as the footprints on the sand.

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on May. 31 2016 at 10:16 am
Lysander PLATINUM, Bangalore, Other
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Favorite Quote:
I slay.

I am floorrreeedddd by this good

mee-mee SILVER said...
on Jun. 18 2012 at 2:24 pm
mee-mee SILVER, Orlando, Florida
6 articles 0 photos 23 comments

Favorite Quote:
"we all have dreams. but always remember with that dream comes a star. trust in yourself, believe in who you are. with nothing but confidence you will go far."
-mee-mee hoskins

quote written by:mee mee hoskins

this really brouqht my attention . excellent write on this . i like when you said your pants are still high so they can kiss your addias. HA ! classic . i love all of your work .

InkWriter13 said...
on Jun. 15 2012 at 10:32 pm
A great stand-up for those labeled nerds in the world! Stereotypes don't hold true as you get older. Nerds often lead the world; previous mockers envy them their successes. A call to action for those who choose a path different from the masses. Wonderful poetry! A truth, necessary to be revealed. Great work. Would you please read and comment on my poem titled Tell Stories to the World and Passion? I would really appreciate it! :D

on Jan. 13 2012 at 8:41 am
RaeRae_Angleheart_SmileyFace BRONZE, Lebanon, Pennsylvania
1 article 0 photos 1 comment

Favorite Quote:
"I wake up with no regrets" - Jayy Von Monroe from Blood On The Dance Floor :) <3 ;)

I loved this a lot, it reflects the kind of point that i would like to get across in my own school. Very well done. :)

kizzy GOLD said...
on Dec. 24 2011 at 9:58 pm
kizzy GOLD, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
11 articles 0 photos 7 comments

Favorite Quote:
time heals all wounds...

ahhhh that was hot real talk you got skillz all day :)

niner PLATINUM said...
on Dec. 6 2011 at 8:05 pm
niner PLATINUM, Hartville, Ohio
32 articles 0 photos 31 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Isn't it funny how you broke my heart, but I still love you with all the pieces?"
"It's easy to stand in a crowd, but it takes courage to stand alone"
"What would you attempt if you knew you could never fail?"

this was really good! it was portrayed well!

on Nov. 30 2011 at 8:35 pm
fringesofinspiredlunacy SILVER, Baltimore, Maryland
8 articles 0 photos 13 comments

Favorite Quote:
I plan on living forever. So far, so good.

Seriously.  Dude, this is, like, the story of my life.  I love it.

DylanRock GOLD said...
on Nov. 8 2011 at 5:42 pm
DylanRock GOLD, Cork, Other
10 articles 0 photos 10 comments

Favorite Quote:
And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.

Really liked this, especially the last ten or eleven lines. Well done!

on Nov. 8 2011 at 5:13 pm
BrittDawn PLATINUM, Winnipeg, Other
23 articles 0 photos 45 comments

Favorite Quote:
And at that moment, I swear we were infinite.

This is such a great piece!

on Nov. 8 2011 at 7:49 am
increaseyourpace PLATINUM, Bel Air, Maryland
21 articles 0 photos 16 comments

Favorite Quote:
“I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.”
― Augusten Burroughs

Awesome work, I especially love your diction and the way that every word lends itself to the others, they all seem to match just right.

Afra- SILVER said...
on Nov. 4 2011 at 8:46 am
Afra- SILVER, Colombo, Other
8 articles 0 photos 47 comments

Favorite Quote:
Even when the sun sets the moon will rise.

Youre poem is awesome. Good to know not everyones out there to break themsleves just to fit in.


on Oct. 2 2011 at 7:08 pm
KarinaDavidyuk GOLD, Brooklyn, New York
15 articles 1 photo 27 comments

Favorite Quote:
Life is like a game of chess.. Every move makes a change.

Thats pretty mean, all negative comments should be stated nicely so that the person should get a poem right next time, not be embarrassed to write ever again.. smh -_-

on Aug. 12 2011 at 8:28 pm
emilybwrites SILVER, Villa Hills, Kentucky
5 articles 0 photos 112 comments

Favorite Quote:
last night i lay in bed, looking up at the stars and i thought to myself, where the heck is the ceiling?

wow this was fantastic i was smiling the whole time will you please check out my poem "Forgotten Domain" and comment on it?

on Jul. 21 2011 at 10:06 pm
NathanBHooker GOLD, Wentzville, Missouri
14 articles 0 photos 32 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Those that care don't matter; and, those that matter don't care."

i love it! lol look at my work??


on Jul. 13 2011 at 11:46 pm
Creativemind724 BRONZE, Roxbury, Massachusetts
1 article 0 photos 3 comments

Favorite Quote:
Many say im one to try. I say im one less to quit.

wow , i really enjoyed this . 

on Jun. 29 2011 at 1:23 pm
insearchofsoni BRONZE, St.John&#39s, Florida
3 articles 0 photos 13 comments

Favorite Quote:
"For you, a thousand times over."

Dude. If I could high five you right now, I would high five you. so hard, that the sting wouldn't go away for the next year.

on Jun. 7 2011 at 12:55 pm
Neautique132 SILVER, Minneapolis, Minnesota
6 articles 0 photos 7 comments

Favorite Quote:
If I wanted antioxidants, i'd just hold my breath!

Please make this a rap? :)

on Jun. 7 2011 at 9:09 am
TwasBrilling BRONZE, Staunton, Va, Virginia
4 articles 0 photos 79 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The owl of Minerva spreads its wings only with the falling of the dusk" -H.W. Hegel

"Words are our most inexhaustable source of magic' -Albus Dumbledore

Wow! These words are greatly crafted...and true! I love the poem and the message. 

on Apr. 24 2011 at 9:06 pm
CollinsK BRONZE, Manteno, Illinois
3 articles 0 photos 3 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Never let anyone make you feel inferior without your consent." -Eleanor Roosevelt

I think that I am in love with you. Wait.. No, I definately am.

It goes without saying that this poem was amazing. Please write more.. and maybe talk to me? (: hahah.

Aderes47 GOLD said...
on Apr. 24 2011 at 7:38 am
Aderes47 GOLD, Cambridge, Massachusetts
11 articles 0 photos 897 comments

Favorite Quote:
You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.
Henry Drummond

Awesome!! I can totally relate to this poem!!