It's Not Easy

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The Thoughts Behind the Smile

By ChangeofHeart


Disclaimer: I do not own the characters contained within.

I wrote this poem some time ago because I was quite tired of seeing other fans mock Beast Boy's powers, personality, and the like. So, I can't promise this is the most in character poem you will find. True, it might be a bit angsty for him. However, I like to create dimensions in characters, especially when I think they are possible. I really believe that he could/does feel like this sometimes. Again, this poem would be based in the animated world.

The Thoughts Behind the Smile

Riddled with insignificance,

I am the hindrance you tolerate. . .

Pathetic and second rate,

If anything, only pitied for my fate.

Why care about this weak hero?

Why should you love a fool?

My contributions, minimal,

It is the laughter that I hear,

Though for, or at me. . . I don’t know.

Why is it that no one sees

My fight, my struggle

To hold back, remain in control?

I’m seen as weak, and for that I’m ostracized,

But my gifts are deadly.

Venom, toxins, crushing strength,

Claws that rip, horns that gore,

Fangs that could easily end a life. . .

Would anyone call me hero then?

For my friends, for myself, I hold back

So I can stay upon this track. . .

And not be cast out as an animal.

I’m not an animal, yet not a man,

Though the line is blurred everyday

As control is lost to those instinctive desires,

Because the fight is hard, and I grow tired.

Behind the jokes and my smiling face,

I am keeping the beast at bay.

So do not take me lightly,

Or cast me aside, ignored. . .

I am living, fighting, doing my best.

Don’t deny it, because it is true. . .

And it’s not my fault that you can’t see

The actual extent of what I can do.

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