20 July 2011
Story behind "Names"
When I was in 9th and 10th grades I lived in a small rural town. I had moved there from a larger city. To call the move hell is an understatement. Even back in the "city" I had been a bit odd and eccentric. But in a small farming community I was a downright freak. No, I didn't have a ton of piercings, strange hair or anything. I was just different. And to most of them different was to be feared, avoided and what I felt most of all, judged. In 11th grade I was fortunate enough to be accepted to a public arts high school with a dorm, back near my beloved city. I was now almost normal by their standards. But I still felt sometimes like an outsider. I sometimes felt that I was still being judged. So that's where this poem came in. Pretty obvious I know. But teens can't be expected to write not-so obvious poetry.