Teenage Dream – Nixi Waleska Fuentes

What is the teenage dream?
Is it roaming street lit cities, with nothing but cell service and beat up doc martens
endless adventures with old friends as nostalgic as the smell of crayola paint
Or is it racing hearts when he finally reaches her skin tight jeans
If anything it sounds like a fever dream
Forbidden drinks stinging the backs of virgin throats
Girls with butterfly printed crop tops
And bodies closer to you than your own sober thoughts
Where a game of spin the bottle could be the night’s make or break
And even though 1 in 4 teenagers have stds
Whose lips one’s will land on seems to be the most out spoken risk
Relief coursing through your body the moment you see your friends
As quickly and powerfully as the smoke that fills up baby soft lungs
THC so strong it turns you into a character,
with no repercussions besides the morning after
Each red solo cup sparks curiosity wondering what concoction could be in each
No wonder why they call it liquid courage
Substances you could chug down in case you didn't have any courage of your own
And in these situations, there was somehow always more to go around
Especially in the hands of someone drinking away their problems about a life that is
only just seeing the light of day.
Where the most complex relationships of your life are designed
Through the written limit of 114 characters
While words dry up on your tongue when you actually see them and not their
A time when love is such a necessity in order not to fall behind
And as quick as love may come, it always seems to leave faster
Pets names as common as saying “you are the love of my life”
Because we’ve been taught that these years are our glory days
And From a young age being taught to make memories
Because what else would we look back on when the only thing our lives have
become is fleeting
Our first moments are everything, first kiss, first party
Maybe because these moments and the people we share it with
Will forever be engraved in each of us
Because when your fifteen and someone tells you they love you
You’re going to believe them

Poet’s Bio

Hi! My name is Nixi Waleska Fuentes and I am currently sixteen years old and go to High Tech High School in New Jersey. I create art, write poetry, and am interested in being able to connect with others in a more creative way than considered normal.

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