City of Roses
Since I began to blossom here when I was sixteen, despite posting in Open instead of Teen, I decided to lend my thoughts here too.
It is sad to see the absence of teen poets here. Teenage years are one of the most important parts of anyone's life where every young person needs all the encouragement and support possible, as it can be so tumultuous and emotional for too many with their hormones raging, learning how to spread their wings and extend their roots, and learning to be responsible while also knowing how to hold dear their inner-child forever and have fun in life.
Though I never posted poetry in the Teen forum, with my excuse being that I seemed to be able to relate more to my teachers than to peers my own age in school and felt Open could give me a more broader audience, I sympathize and lend my heart very much to all teen poets, and want them to be rest assured I am with them and hope with all my heart if the Teen Forum can't achieve a golden age like it used to that otherwise we have many teen poets gracing the Open forums like me as I was growing up.
I am 20 now, but I must say I feel younger than ever before! Pablo Picasso once said, "It takes a long time to become young!" and I believe it. We ARE forever young, but it takes us a while to understand and believe that. For some it takes most of their lives to believe that, but regardless, we are young forever and I am praying more teens find their way here and can carry the torch forever for young voices and inspire all.
"You'll find something that's enough to keep you
But if the bright lights don't receive you
You should turn yourself around and come back home" MB20