thirteen, O you mighty teen
what a number you have been
you tease and you scream
with the swagger of a queen

you called me anear
you caught me unaware
you sought me for a dare
you saved for me a nightmare

you snared me in the middle
with the twist of a riddle
with the jerk of a tickle
with the burst of a chuckle

bullies turned to bunnies
foes turned to friends
the onset of your tricks and pricks
tossed me around in flips and kicks

there are more to come
there are many more to fathom
for the teens as a rule of thumb
bring anything but the everyday hum