Adulthood Inn



From birth we put our lives in your hands
We never had a reason to distrust
We never had a reason to suspect
Our loyalty you had

We were blindsided
The highest level of treason
You should be tried
Your crimes deserve the high court

How could we have known
This conspiracy infiltrates the highest ranks
The whole world is in on it

It is betrayal we say
War we declare

Give us the lives you took away
Give us the lives we were promised
Give us the fairy tales you dangled
Give us our happily ever afters
Give it or with force it will be taken



You can’t can you
It was all a lie you see

It's soul-crushing to realize
Reality a slap in the face
A bucket of ice-cold water
Ripped from childhood dreams

Welcome we hope you have a lovely stay with us at adulthood inn
Just leave your hopes and dreams at the door you won’t be needing them here.

About this poem

I wrote this poem just after I started my first office job. I felt so betrayed and confused because we are painted this picture from a young age of what our lives will look like. It felt like this great big conspiracy because when I told adults how I felt, they all just told me I would get used to it. Why would you keep this a secret until there is no escape? This poem is about that period of my life when I realized most adults in their jobs are unhappy and we all just need to deal with it.  

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Written on March 18, 2022

Submitted by on August 31, 2022

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Scheme ABXX XCXX XXX DX DBXAC XX XXXX XX
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 854
Words 175
Stanzas 8
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 3, 2, 5, 2, 4, 2

Liezel de Beer

I am a born and raised South African. I started writing poems when I was in High school, I would scribble them anywhere I could find, and I kept all those pieces. Most of those poems were in my home language, Afrikaans, but later I found a love for writing in English, I can express what I want to say a lot clearer. When I get an idea for a poem, it usually starts with a line or two, and if I don't write it down I will forget, then the rest of the poem just comes. When I think of it afterward it feels like I blacked out, it is like my mind just turns off and the pen just writes. All of my poems are free verse, and any rhyming is merely a coincidence, and punctuation is only used when absolutely necessary for the effect of the poem. Poetry is like therapy to me and it is my way of communicating to others how I feel. I am just shy of 23 and hope to keep on growing my collection of poems. more…

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