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we're stupid, and we should also get good grades
we're irresponsible, and we should also get a job
we're self-centered, and we should also do community service
we're rebellious, and we should also be an obedient citizen of America
we're immature, and we should also act like a mature adult

Tired old stereotypes
being looked through over and over,
a distorted one-way mirror
that only shatters on your twentieth birthday

I'm wishing that someone would flip it around,
reflecting the imperfections on the other side
revealing the contradictions in every accusation
exposing a widespread paradox

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