You will never be a teenage mother
or a teenage prodigy.
No teenage kicks excusing drunken antics;
you are no longer a teenage dirtbag.
You will never break world records now
or have a distinguished academic career.
You will never be head girl
or swing your schoolbag hand to hand on sticky summer days.
You will never again be innocent
you have nothing left to learn
and you feel you know so little.
You don't have the excuse of youth
nor the wisdom of age
to keep you safe from prying eyes
and mocking tongues.
You will never know young love again
or suffer for sneaking out on schoolnights
and you will never sneak in underage
or stand outside defeated.
You will never again be 'far too young',
yet still too old to dream,
and never again will you be forced from the room
for the grownups to talk and you to idle.
No, you will never again be young:
now that you have learned to be young
you find yourself at sea; old.