1. You got an A in an English class once. Congratulations. You've managed to achieve something pretty great. Next year, it'll be an Emmy, and then, the Nobel Peace Prize! You know what award you probably won't get for having that one time gotten an A in 9th grade English? The Poet Laureate-ship.
2. You stink at Math. Congratulations. Now there might be two things you stink at.
3. You have deep passionate feelings. Congratulations. You are not a robot. But there's a chance a robot could still make a better poet than you. I mean, have you read CAPTCHAs? Those things are genius.
4. Nobody thought Walt Whitman would make it as a poet, either! Hey, buddy, guess what? YOU'RE NOT WALT WHITMAN!
5. People thought the same thing about, like, Emily Dickinson, or T.S. Eliot, or Frank O'Ha--- Look, just stop ... You are not Dickinson, Eliot, or Frank O'Hara. You are not Shakespeare. So stop riding on the backs of other folks and come up with your own reasons.
6. Your mom likes your poetry. Guess what else your mom likes? Every single thing you throw at her. Your mom would like it if you brought her a stick with mud on it and called it art.
7. Your teacher said you have a gift. ... I'm not even going to dignify that one with a response.
8. "My poems are SOOOO much better than that [radio edit] we learn at school!" .... I hate you.
9. "I write songs, too!" So did Rebecca Black. See how that turned out for her.
10. "But, it's my dream!" No, your "dream" is that a ten foot clown is chasing you with a herring up the side of a jelly bean mountain and just before you wake up the clown turns into a bear and you're like, "WOAH!" and you fall off the side, and you're all "AAAAAH!" and you wake up with your fist in your mouth ... Sorry, I'm projecting a little bit.
... Then again, I'd call myself a poet, and I have thought every single one of these silly things...