“It is not your traumas of the past that determine your future. It is your reaction to them.” -D’Lisa DarLuz Poems From a Teen (a lyrical prelude to DarLuz’s “My Choice Not Choose” ) is an artistic expression of maturing emotions buried inside the soul of a young adult. These poems are original pieces of work from DarLuz’s teenage years, through her early 20’s. The collection has not been altered, edited, or rewritten. Categorized into elements of self discovery, social reasoning, love, and pain, “Poems From a Teen” takes the reader on a growing journey, universal to every young adult’s experience.