Teenage Attitudes: "Family Mine," a Poem

Updated on May 27, 2018
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Words, wordplay, reading, and writing have been favorites of Liz's since early childhood. She enjoys exploring science and science fiction.

Your silence

roars in my brain.

Tuned out---to me;

your empty music; TV blaring,

Its noise; not to hear,

but to insulate.

Your vexed,

"Hush! I-wanna-hear-this-song! Are-you-done-talking-now?!"

Your mindless listening-not to a TV show

silences me.

Your noise

has walled me into

a chasm of silence that screams in my soul.

Outside,

the distant moon

seems closer.

The moon seemed nearer...
The moon seemed nearer... | Source

Backstory

This poem came to life almost of its own volition, pre-written, and all I had to do was grab a pencil and scribble it down.

The impetus was just such a scene as described, with my then-teenage daughters, and I was so distraught at not being able to 'get through' to them. I had no recourse but to walk away, lest I do or say something I'd later regret, and so I walked out into the yard, and beheld the full moon. It was when I came back inside that the poem happened.

© 2012 Liz Elias

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    Liz Elias 

    4 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hi there, ahorseback--

    LOL be careful what you wish for--I have binders full. ;-) Seriously, though--thank you very much; I'm delighted you are enjoying my poetry.

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    ahorseback 

    4 years ago

    I want more !......:-}

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    Liz Elias 

    4 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Thank you very much, Ed. I'm glad you like the piece.

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    ahorseback 

    4 years ago

    Nailed it ! Thank you for sharing !,,,,,,,,,Ed

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    Liz Elias 

    5 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hi, WiccanSage

    Thanks--I'm glad you liked the poem. As for the photo, it is lovely, isn't it!? I wish I could take credit, but it's a public domain photo... it just worked well with the poem. ;-)

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    Mackenzie Sage Wright 

    5 years ago

    That is absolutely beautiful, wow. And gorgeous moon picture.

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    Liz Elias 

    5 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hello again, midget38,

    Yes--a friend of mine used to say that he wished his teenagers could be placed in suspended animation until they turned 21. LOL

    Thank you so much for the shares!

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    Michelle Liew 

    5 years ago from Singapore

    Hi, DzyMsLizzy, teens are indeed a difficult bunch. Thanks for sharing this insightful poem! Sharing!

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    Liz Elias 

    5 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hello there, MsDora,

    Thanks so much for your comment. Anyone who can identify with this must have dealt with teenagers at some point in their lives, whether as a parent or teacher.

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    Dora Weithers 

    5 years ago from The Caribbean

    I certainly identify with the mood of this poem. Thanks for sharing.

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    Liz Elias 

    5 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hello, midget38,

    I'm afraid most parents would at some point recognize these feelings. I'm pleased you like the poem so well, and I thank you for the shares!

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    Michelle Liew 

    5 years ago from Singapore

    I know this only too well, sometimes you just want to tune the world out! A great share, DzyMsLizzy! I am passing this great poem on.

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    Liz Elias 

    5 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hello, jhamann,

    Thanks very much for your comment; I'm always pleased (and sometimes amazed) when I've managed to convey the power of emotions so that others can see it as well. I appreciate your input.

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    Jamie Lee Hamann 

    5 years ago from Reno NV

    This is very powerful poem about strong feelings, the ones we have when we feel forced into silence. Jamie

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    Liz Elias 

    5 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hello, Mhatter99,

    I know what YOU mean. I'm not much of a TV viewer myself. I'll watch, but I won't cry if you take away the set. Now, lay a hand on my books, and you've got a fight on your hands! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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    Martin Kloess 

    5 years ago from San Francisco

    I know what you mean. I really cannot take in the TV more more than 7.5 minutes. 2 therapists timed me.

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    Liz Elias 

    5 years ago from Oakley, CA

    @ billybuc, The Sounds of Silence; the Silence of Sound--indeed, well put, my friend. I'm glad you enjoyed my ages-old "vent." Thanks so much!

    @ drbj, Yes, sometimes we have to just walk away, as angry as I was that day, feeling that my parental authority would be eroded by doing so, and that it should not be the child who got in the last word....nonetheless, it was really the only sane option. Thanks so much for commenting, and understanding.

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    drbj and sherry 

    5 years ago from south Florida

    You followed the right course of action, Lizzy. Sometimes retreat is the better part of valor.

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    Bill Holland 

    5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    It reminds me of the Sounds of Silence, but I guess in this case it would be the Silence of Sound. :) Whatever the case may be, I love it!

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