Our Kids Deserve More
By Emily Roark
Today’s kids are weak.
Sure, you were born into mass shootings,
and a financial crisis you didn’t create
Sure, we ask you to go to school during sickness
and natural disasters.
Yes, every day the news announces another societal downfall
yet wipe them tears and stop complaining.
We ask you to do some small, simple tasks.
Do your homework
Take these tests
Get a job
Play a sport
Do your chores
Join a club
Do all this, but don’t you dare complain,
cause you have it easy.
Your mom may be in jail and your father an addict,
Your stomach may be growling cause you had to skip breakfast,
You may have stayed up watching a school shooting.
But wipe your tears, sit up straight, and don’t you dare complain,
Cause we had it worse
We did our homework
We did those tests
We had a job
And we played sports
Sure, we ate breakfast
Sure, we had clothes
Sure, we didn’t worry about being overexposed
Stop being lazy
We don’t care if you’re tired
We don’t care that your brother kept you up all night crying
We don’t care that you parents fight so loud you can’t hear the lectures
Or that your homework is gone cause the cockroaches ate it
Or that your clothes are a mess cause you ain’t got no water
Stop being a complainer
Stop being a baby
Stop making excuses
Cause at the end of the day, we had it worse.