Authority Brings Out Red

Written for:  Poetic Bloomings2 – July 15:  Rebel, Rebel
“Were you headstrong and confrontational in your youth? Now? Were (are) you a rebel? What was it that triggered your resistance? What did you rebel against? How did you?”

I believe I was born hating
authority.  Can it be?
A dichotomy. For how does
a sensitive child rebel?
Well, I divided the rebelliousness
into a pie chart – 40% parents,
20% teachers, 25% bosses,
and I’ll toss in remaining
15% to rude people, and those
who hurt ones I love.

With all of my rebel, rebel,
I seem to have a penchant
for poor choices. I can be
impulsive to a fault, though
less so now that I am a supposed
sensible senior (in a torn skirt).

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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2 Responses to Authority Brings Out Red

  1. Mike Bayles says:

    I can relate to this poem. I used to be pleasing to people, yet very rebellious. No wonder I had a knot in my stomach.


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