Problem Child

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See me? I’m a problem child.
I am the one always speaking out of turn
impulsive
 passionate
outspoken
think on my feet- 
as I go
See me? I am a problem child.
I challenge
defy
answer back
glare
staring you down
don’t step on my feet
See me? I’m a problem child.
I see you just fine
you can’t see me
I’m convinced
 you’re blind
and I see right through
your masks
See me? I’m a problem child.
I have feelings
I can hear
I’m not stupid,
but you forget.
Stop judging me
from your strength
looking down at my weakness
level the field
I already know your weaknesses
because I listen
hard
when you think I hear nothing
I miss not one word, crease of the brow
flinching of eye
Come down off your high horse
See me.
I think thoughts you presume to know
but don’t-
Imagine things you have never dreamed
have experienced things 
from your worst nightmares
unremembered.
See me. I’m a problem child.
I’m the one that slipped through the cracks
when you turned your back
assuming you knew
what you did not know
stop drawing conclusions, 
it’s a fool who judges only by what he sees
See me? I’m a problem child.
See you?
learn what it means to see
because
 He. Sees. Me.
He sees me, and I am loved.
See me.
I’m a problem child.
I will change your world
if you allow yourself to see.
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30 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Anonymous
    Aug 21, 2012 @ 20:00:04

    i love this!!

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  2. Anonymous
    Aug 21, 2012 @ 20:28:33

    You really do capture that anger/remorse/embarrassment/resentment/shame of problem child and wishfulness. Well done. k.

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  3. Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger
    Aug 21, 2012 @ 20:31:35

    I love this! Perhaps, because I am a problem child

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  4. Brian Miller
    Aug 21, 2012 @ 21:22:38

    beautiful…i know these children all too well and often they are only seen as the problem…not the child…and there is usually a reason they act the way they do…you just have to have eyes that see….

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  5. Chatty Crone
    Aug 21, 2012 @ 21:33:31

    Wow – excellent and love how you bring it all the around to the end – Jesus. sandie

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  6. Anonymous
    Aug 21, 2012 @ 22:51:13

    Wow, this was a good one,very powerful and that close just wraps it so tightly at the end, nicely done.

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  7. Karen Maeby Bates
    Aug 21, 2012 @ 23:37:29

    I love this one. I often thought in high school, as a mentor for much younger ones in grades below me, that the “problem children” were just geniuses trying to embrace the world when no one would let them. People often ignored them with disgust and never heard a word they said.

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  8. Pamela M. Steiner
    Aug 22, 2012 @ 00:11:39

    That was deep. I wonder how many of us can see a little bit of ourselves in that “problem child”? Hmmmm…but Jesus loves us anyway. That's the good part.Thank you for letting us in on this glimpse inside.

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  9. Lisa notes...
    Aug 22, 2012 @ 02:01:30

    Every parent, every teacher needs to read this! Seriously. So good.

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  10. ayala
    Aug 22, 2012 @ 12:04:02

    I simply love this! great!

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  11. Kimolisa
    Aug 22, 2012 @ 13:09:49

    I love this piece and it reminds me to really see everyone I come across.

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  12. Anonymous
    Aug 22, 2012 @ 15:48:43

    I totally love this!! I can see myself in it when I was a lot younger and even today as well. Loving the angry words!

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  13. Stacy
    Aug 22, 2012 @ 17:37:48

    That is sooo my lovely daughter. Every word of it. It's a bit of me, too. I like how you capture the raw emotion of whatever you're writing about.

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  14. Jannie Funster
    Aug 22, 2012 @ 19:00:51

    This reminds me that each child is so precious and comes into this world innocent and happy. So sad when that is taken away from them.

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  15. Eric (Bubba) Alder
    Aug 22, 2012 @ 20:23:15

    Better than the song by AC/DC

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  16. Modern Day Disciple
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 01:00:56

    Thanks for visiting!

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  17. Modern Day Disciple
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 01:01:23

    Thank you, I think I remember it well…;)

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  18. Modern Day Disciple
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 01:01:45

    Audrey, me too…me too!

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  19. Modern Day Disciple
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 01:02:19

    You see well, Brian. I see that. Thanks, brother- appreciate your visits and feedback.

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  20. Modern Day Disciple
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 01:03:14

    Oh how it always comes back to Him. He always takes the strays right back into those faithful everlasting arms. WHen they finally come. Amen.I know as I am one.

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  21. Modern Day Disciple
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 01:03:36

    Thank you for your words.

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  22. Modern Day Disciple
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 02:23:13

    I've seen that from many sides, as well. I've worked with youth and I was that youth! But I also have worked along side adults who were blind guides.

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  23. Modern Day Disciple
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 02:23:44

    Thank you for always reading between the lines. Seeing the heart. You are so good at that!

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  24. Modern Day Disciple
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 02:24:20

    Thank you, Lisa! I appreciate your words.

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  25. Modern Day Disciple
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 02:25:10

    I guess that really is the goal for all of us, yes? Not easy, but possible. Definitely possible.

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  26. Modern Day Disciple
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 02:25:28

    Thank you, so much!

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  27. Modern Day Disciple
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 02:26:27

    I am right there with you – I was and am (somewhat)! Thanks!

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  28. Modern Day Disciple
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 02:28:01

    Thank you, Stacy. Please know…I am so empathetic. It's painful to see some of the similarities between mothers and daughters…at least for me. But I know this child. In know full well!

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  29. Modern Day Disciple
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 02:28:32

    I agree wholeheartedly. Thanks for visiting and commenting. 😉

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  30. Modern Day Disciple
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 02:30:21

    Oh, I loved that band as a teen. I didn't know they had a song (or maybe it's in my brain archives somewhere)named that but it would make sense.

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