Poems about Teen Life

Poems about Teen Life

Teen Wisdom: Poems on Life, Courage, and Change

The adolescent years are turbulent and unsettled. Poems by teens can be so dark that it may be painful for others to read. Mood swings are common, relationships with parents, siblings and friends are full of ups and downs. One day they are your BFF and the next they've turned on you. Constant arguing with parents over boundaries and priorities can make parents look back fondly at even the terrible twos. Love and relationships enter teen's lives for the very first time, choices regarding sexuality, promiscuity, and responsibility are all new. Is it any wonder that teen poetry is so intense?

76 Poems about Life as a Teen

  1. 1. Daddy, Don't Be Scared

    • By Jade E. Mcnullen
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2010

    I'm 14 and This is a poem I wrote about my experience when my dad had cancer two years ago.

    Awaiting the news, we feared the worst and hoped for the best.
    Life was about to put my family through an unforgettable test
    Mom came in, evidence on her face, that daddy wasn't okay
    "daddy has cancer" mom cried "we won't see him for a couple of days"

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  3. 2. The Teenage Years

    I didn't enjoy grades 6 and up. I kept losing friends.

    We learn from our mistakes,
    From the wrong turns we take,
    From the fake friends we make,
    And from the times we almost break.

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    All my friends around me are fake...they can notice you if they need you, and they only want you to do their homework...your poem is beautiful. Keep it up.

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  5. 3. Complication

    This is really just about how I feel at the moment. Everyone has turned on me, and it's hard to change your life after you already have a reputation. Love all y'all! Thanks for reading...

    In a world filled with changes
    each and every day,

    I feel I'm being judged

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    Reading this poem makes me realize the years my daughters are going through. They are really enjoying their growing up years playing toys, having fun watching cartoons, and playing on the...

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  6. 4. From A Teenager's Side

    • By Olivia
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems July 2016

    I just wrote this poem wondering about my own life, but the situation is quite better now! :)

    I hear my mom scream,
    "Bags, books, your comb, and cream
    Scattered on the bed with those jeans.
    This is how you keep your room clean?"

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    I also don't understand why people don't get it that we are just teens. We do things that teens do. Why don't they understand the teenage stage? I mean, they also went through it, but still,...

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  7. 5. The Life Of A Teenage Girl

    • By Elise
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems March 2012

    I'm a teenage girl, and I thought I'd write this poem based on how my mum said she felt after I struggled at school and kept it to myself. I've never written a poem before, but I'd like to write many more.

    Look how she's changed,
    Look how she's grown,
    The personality changes
    I should have known

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    We all come from different countries all over the world to connect with each other over the same topic. We find that most parents are the same. They hold so many ambitions and tie us as if we...

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  8. 6. Cancer

    • By Jessica Louise Wheeler
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems December 2013

    Recently I did Race for Life, I have done it a few times but this year it meant a lot more to me because my Grandma had found a lump and we thought it might be cancer. I wrote this poem the night I found out about it. Fortunately, my Grandma had the lump removed and all is okay now, but it could have been a lot worse.

    One day you showed up,
    With no reason why,
    You claimed your victims,
    You've made grown men cry.

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    Cancer is a life changer and heart breaker. It takes someone close to you and kills them. It has made grown men cry because they are sad that their loved one has died. We all try to fight...

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  9. 7. Contradiction

    I wrote this in 2007 when I was a teenager. I am no longer a teenager, but this still remains my favorite poem I've ever written. It was published into my high school yearbook.

    So full of deceit,
    My life's a contradiction.
    One day it's reality,
    The next one it's fiction.

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    Great poem, Storm. To me as an emergency services working and PTSD sufferer, it alludes to the need to care about and support each other and to be grateful for those special people in our...

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  10. 8. Can You See Me?

    Hi, I am Beau. I'm 14 and gay. I wrote this when I was tired of being pushed around. I read it to my family, saying it was a school assignment, but this is what I feel.

    Just because you don't like what I am,
    Just because you don't like what I've become,
    Just because you don't like me,

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    I'm 13 years old and I'm bisexual. My family is Christian and nobody knows but my sister. She's bi also. I wanna tell them, but I don't know how they'll react.

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  11. 9. Who Am I?

    • By Bayley N. Pate
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems January 2019

    Being a teenager is hard; you go through so many life-changing situations that change a lot about you. The whole time you go through these things you're trying to find who you really are. This explains how I felt trying to find myself and trying to escape everyone else's expectations.

    I try to be the good girl,
    The girl who has it all together,
    But I'm not.

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    This poem is so relatable, at least to my life. Those expectations everybody has for us are so much bigger that in trying to achieve them we lose ourselves and then a time comes when we...

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  12. 10. To Be Free

    To put it simply, I used to hate the world and everything in it. I blamed everyone besides myself for my misery. I felt like I was in a cage for the longest time. Then, one day, it clicked. I was the only one holding myself back from, well, being me. Now I realize that I have missed out on so much, and I have everything to live for. Everyone deserves to enjoy their life.

    At last I'm free from the cage.
    No longer am I filled with rage.

    I am free from all stress,

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    Poem About Enjoying Life And New Beginnings, To Be Free

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  13. 11. I'm Lost

    I met someone. They were very special to me, and we were really close. Then people started spreading rumors about me. They believed it. It hurt so bad. Long story short, I guess they don't like me anymore.

    I thought they were wrong,
    That you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone.
    But it's true.
    I'm lost without you.

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  14. 12. Summertime

    • By Raheim Robinson
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems May 2015

    My name is Ra'heim Robinson. I am a 16-year-old teenager from Mississippi who likes to write poems in my spare time. My future plans are to serve in the U.S. Air Force, but if my poems are good enough to sell, then I would like to become a poet.

    Longer days and shorter nights,
    Darker shades and brighter lights.
    Louder music and wilder friends,
    No need for pencils, no need for pens!

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  15. 13. The Man In The Mirror

    • By Cristofer Rodriguez
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems July 2012

    I have long struggled with what kind of person I am. People tell me I am such a nice guy, yet I have a very hateful and sometimes violent side to me that only a few have seen. Constantly, I am asking myself, "Where is the line between the two?" After seeing my reflection in the mirror, the idea came to me and this was written.

    Who is that man?
    Staring back at me
    Is he a part of my past?
    Or who I am destined to be?

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  16. 14. Just Because

    • By Elizabeth
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems March 2011

    Just getting some words out there. I wrote this a long time ago, while I was in a psychiatrist's center, after getting stitches. Although I was in a bad mood the day I wrote this, I'm still proud of how far I've come on the road to my recovery. ---Luckily, I've found a way to overcome this. I was treated for my drug and alcohol abuse and my cutting.
    I've only been with one guy, and he is still my current boyfriend. I do still have issues trying not to think about my ex and the hitting, but with the help of my boyfriend, my friends, and my therapist, I'm getting over it. I'm much more happy now and I've left my old life of bad influences behind, and I'm starting my new one. Writing has helped, and maybe in time I can put my entire poetry book on here....

    Just because I cut, doesn't mean I'm emo.
    Just because I laugh, doesn't mean I'm happy.
    Just because I wear pink, doesn't mean I'm preppy.
    Just because you can't see it, doesn't mean I don't still hurt.

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    I have always been called a whore. In school I was a fast ass (quit to talk) girl. I never let anybody bring me down. NOBODY! And that still didn't mean I had nothing to hide. I was scared...

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  17. 15. The Reality Of Life

    • By Faaizah
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems August 2011

    A burning candle melts away with every second and will eventually cease to be. Our lives are burning candles which we need to understand and treasure.

    a candle light burning inside of me
    shadows bowing upon the walls illuminating us all
    the laughter the pain
    what do I gain?

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  18. 16. Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall

    • By Madelyn F. Lanier
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems October 25, 2022

    This poem is about how girls are often taken for granted and corrected, regardless of how hard we try. This often stems into insecurity that sticks with us for the rest of our lives. Everything I mention in this poem is something most girls have thought about, some time or another. Everyone is perfect the way they are! Jesus loves you! Remember that you are a daughter of the King!

    Mirror, mirror, on the wall,
    I have an inquiry, it's not at all small

    Cinderella, tall and fair,

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  19. 17. Hope Is A Mystery

    • By Vanessa
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems July 2012

    I hate it when people hurt one another, it seems so meaningless. in the end, who's really winning. The lion or the lamb, for the lambs life is gone, but the lions satisfied with his meal. I know its the circle of life, but I just wish their was another way than to hurt one another. Why should one live and the other die?

    I don't know why
    why this world's so cruel
    it's so abusing
    We all have seen Earth's glorious mysteries

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  20. 18. He Is Always There

    • By Alina
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems July 2012

    I thought about how many people that do not like who they are. This hopefully will make them feel better.

    He is always there, when you need Him most
    He is always there, the butter to your toast.
    He sent his angels to guide you, put his love beside you.
    He is always there, when you need Him most.

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  21. 19. I'm A Girl Too

    I am a tomboy. But I am a girl too.

    I'm a tomboy, that is true,
    But at the same time I am still a girl too.
    Just because I don't express my feelings,
    Doesn't mean I don't have any, because I do.

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    I have been a tomboy for a year. I also have like a million boys who are friends and just a couple girls. My sister wants me to be girly like her, but I just can't.

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  22. 20. I Believe

    • By Jemima.M
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems June 2013

    Losing you helped me find Me.

    I believed in innocence
    In trust
    Of course
    It proved me wrong

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    Very beautifully written. Enjoyed every word and I hope you continue to post your poetry. Reading this I thought of my son. You must first love yourself before you can find true love. True...

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