Teen Poetry Contest Winner for 2003
Alicia Nieto
Niles North High School, grade 12

Me Now

Furious confusion
mental instability
and emotional thrill ride
I’m calm and tense
colorful and bland
I have scars that are healing
my bruises never fade with time
I stand out and I stand alone
my quiet voice is loud and obnoxious
I’m popular yet hated
good but never good enough
I’m unconscious but always awake
I’m breathing but I’m dying
I’m living but have no life