Ode to Bad Kids

Here’s to the kids who act up

To let you know they’re down. 

Here’s to the ones who make a fuss

Throw tantrums, and refuse to be moved. 

Here’s to the children who 

Give their parents wrinkles and gray hair,

Who talk back to teachers 

And question their ministers. 

Here’s to truants, delinquents, and bad seeds,

To gangsters, dropouts, and stoners. 

Here’s to the kids never told they could be anything

Who found a way to be something. 

Here’s to you who rebel 

When the only peace is negative. 

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