within my own foreign

erupting and awkward skin


to be seen

but as another

or better

as myself


this time could I be loved?


my guise

on the inside

bleeding out

the shifting gaze

the quick tics

distracting haze

me from me

you from me,

I might be

a gazelle

a hawk

a stallion

of my dreams

a champion

I hope I live

to tell

This is for the wonderful students I volunteer to tutor in writing, and all adolescents.  Shine on….

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20 Responses to adolescent

  1. j.h. white says:

    This is wonderful Chloe…It’s easy to envision you also… morphing and erupting and twirling into being.

  2. Val Boyko says:

    Boy – this takes me right back there! Val x

  3. Uzoma says:

    What else can I say? This is beautiful. These students are lucky to have you — wish I can say this to them myself 😉

    • SirenaTales says:

      Your sweet comment put a bounce in my step, Uzo. Thank you so much. So kind of you to visit and leave me this lovely comment–I hope I can help and listen and inspire as a tutor. Hope you are having an excellent weekend, my friend. xo

  4. Miranda Stone says:

    This is so incredibly moving, Chloe. It’s as if you saw into my soul twenty years ago, when I was an awkward teenager, hiding behind layers of outdated clothes and struggling with my own awkward skin. Thank you so much for writing this, and sharing it. I know you make a huge impact on the lives of your students. Everyone should be so lucky to have a Chloe in their lives. Love and light to you, my dear friend.

    • SirenaTales says:

      Oh, my–how wonderful to hear that this resonated with veracity, Miranda. Such a challenging time of life for many of us :(. I’m blushing, but deeply grateful, for your very kind words. I hope all is well with you. LOVE

  5. In the Stillness of Willow Hill says:

    Oh yes, I squirmed too. I didn’t realize until decades later, however, that I still defined myself as that teen, the one with erupting skin and awkward social skills. Mindfulness brought this awareness…………..and I’m so THANKFUL. Visiting blogs of people like you, who understand the journey, is an added bonus. Thank you for this sense of community I feel here.

    • SirenaTales says:

      Ah, yes–the priceless gift of community. Thank you so much for helping to make me feel community. How wonderful that you’re following the path of mindfulness, reaping its rewards and sharing them with the universe. Thank you for being here. xoxo

  6. disheveling
    my guise
    on the inside

    oh what sublime and profoundly truthful poetry Chloe,
    you captured that beautiful awkwardness that is adolescence
    and you have lived to tell ( lucky for us) Love and Hugs to you.

    • SirenaTales says:

      Your lovely encouragement makes me smile…I am so pleased to hear that my pen may have evoked what I intended. Thank you for listening and supporting, my friend. love to you

  7. Thanks, Chloe, this helps me remember the feelings, and that helps me relate to my own teenage daughter! x

    • SirenaTales says:

      Wow, Michele, you’ve made my day with the thought that I may have had anything to do with facilitating understanding! Methinks it is still mostly due to your own gifts like compassion. So pleased to hear that I hit some right notes on this–thank you, my friend. xox

  8. stacilys says:

    This is great Chloe. It really depicts how adolescence is. A time of insecurity. A time of not knowing. A time of discovery. A time of hope.

    • SirenaTales says:

      Thank you so much for visiting and leaving your lovely insight, stacilys. Yes, indeed, a tumultuous time, full of possibility–although some of us don’t realize that till later:). xo

  9. Eileen says:

    reblogging…..hoping a struggling granddaughter will find her self in this and know she is not alone

    Thank you…..a timely gift of grace

    • SirenaTales says:

      Well, I don’t think there is any greater tribute, and compliment, richer than this. I am honored and touched. Thank you so much. My heart goes out to your granddaughter (and you)–I am pulling for her! xoxo

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