ivor or ivor.e hogg

Rookie (7/4/1934 / Hebburn.Co Durham U.K)

The Teen Age Myth - Poem by ivor or ivor.e hogg

Adolescent anxiety
never really bothered me
When I was young there were no teens
Just men and boys no in betweens.

You started work when you left school
this was accepted as the rule.
The good old days or so they say
when things were done a different way

Teen agers were not invented then.
Perhaps its time to think again
Reintroduce some discipline
to whip the youngster into line.

Ignore the experts who advise
because they lack the expertise.
In raising children of their own
experience they’ve never known.

Adolescents of today
must learn there is no easy way.
They have to work to earn respect.
I am not sure but I suspect.

That most of you agree with me
that nothing in this life is free.
It’s our responsibility
to raise our children properly.

To teach them what they need to know
and yet allow them room to grow.
Though you may think I’m prejudiced
I have the right and I insist

That children should be taught values
before they’re old enough to choose.
To obey the rules or to refuse
After all what can we lose.
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Poem Submitted: Thursday, March 5, 2009

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