Arielle Tai (Epsom Girls Grammar School, Auckland)

Le Ode to Teenage Angst

Thomas is a Goth.
He dyed the hair
that he wears long,
black
like his clothes and shoes and
lipstick.

On the pages of his journal
are his latest poems.
"Blood
           Darkness
                         Despair
                                     Why? "

Thomas stops to think.
He wishes he was a vampire.
Then everyone would be scared of him
or think he was cool
and invite him to their parties.

"Honey! Dinnertime!"

Thomas puts his pen down
and bounds down the stairs
two by two,
to Simpsons,
and his dinner of steak and potatoes.