to the kids who raised themselves

to the kids who raised themselves

the ones who got a few good spankings after mom and dad came home

to a mess, distress, an empty toy chest

but who was there to tell you not to try and make a pie

you’re 7  years old and the lady on the tv said not to blink an eye

to the kids who raised themselves

if you want to learn how to ride a bike

training wheels are silly just skip them

a few scraped knees and you’re on your way

to the kids who raised themselves

who looked into the audience at the school play

you know they’ve gotta work

if they didn’t work who would get you those new sneakers

to the kids who raised themselves

i know algebra is really hard but you’ll figure it out

besides! you know even if Mr Curtis calls no one is home

you can get there and delete the message before anyone hears it

to the kids who raised themselves

you have until 11 to do what you want

and come home, but make sure you’re home at 11

they pull in at 11:30 and 20 minutes is just enough time

to the kids who raised themselves

that swap spewing their own complaints

to listen to more important problems

learn to console yourself, early

to the kids who raised themselves

boxed mac and cheese is a delicacy in this house

what do people mean its not “real food”?

to the kids who raised themselves

to the kids who had the newest new but

no one knew, pockets full – emotions through

you’ve got your own back

and you are not by yourself.

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