Being What I Am

I wrote this in junior (elementary) school

I am what I am
A child is what I am
That’s what I am
And that can’t change

I wish I were a grownup
And then I could shout
At every other grownup
That would be fair

Adults always complain to you
Because of what you are
They say they were much better than that
When they were a child
By far!

Adults boss you about
They automatically blame you
For something you didn’t do
They’d smack and cuff you
If you did that to them

They shout at you
For days on end
They nag at you
So many hours a day

Privileges are not fair
Adults go to bed about 1 am
You go at 6 pm

I hate the way they say
“You’re scruffy!”
They are too

You do try
But they’re never satisified

Adults will say
“Eat these vegetables!
They are good for you”
They eat what they like

But is it really fair
From the adults’ point of view
Maybe sometimes it’s our fault too

By Sarah Downing

My name is Sarah. I was born and grew up in England and currently live in Düsseldorf, Germany, with my fiancé Corey and my cuddly cat Biscuit. I work as a translator and writer for my own company Aardwolf Text Services ( and I love vintage clothes and music, as well as singing karaoke.

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