wild ambition

For Teenage Girls with Wild Ambition and Trembling Hearts

by Clementine von Radics

When you are 13 years old,
the heat will be turned up too high
and the stars will not be in your favor.
You will hide behind a bookcase
with your family and everything left behind.
You will pour an ocean into a diary.
When they find you, you will be nothing
but a spark above a burning bush,
still, tell them
Despite everything, I really believe people are good at heart.

When you are 14,
a voice will call you to greatness.
When the doubters call you crazy, do not listen.
They don’t know the sound
of their own God’s whisper. Use your armor,
use your sword, use your two good hands.
Do not let their doubting
drown out the sound of your own heartbeat.
You are the Maid of Untamed Patriotism.
Born to lead armies into victory and unite a nation
like a broken heart.

When you are 15, you will be punished
for learning too proudly. A man
will climb onto your school bus and insist
your sisters name you enemy.
When you do not hide,
he will point his gun at your temple
and fire three times. Three years later,
in an ocean of words, with no apologies,
you will stand before the leaders of the world
and tell them your country is burning.

When you are 16 years old,
you will invent science fiction.
The story of a man named Frankenstein
and his creation. Soon after you will learn
that little girls with big ideas are more terrifying
than monsters, but don’t worry.
You will be remembered long after
they have put down their torches.

When you are 17 years old,
you will strike out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig
one right after the other.
Men will be afraid of the lightening
in your fingertips. A few days later
you will be fired from the major leagues
because “Girls are too delicate to play baseball”

You will turn 18 with a baby on your back
leading Lewis and Clark
across North America.

You will turn 18 
and become queen of the Nile.

You will turn 18 
and bring justice to journalism.

You are now 18, standing on the precipice,
trembling before your own greatness.

This is your call to leap.

There will always being those
who say you are too young and delicate
to make anything happen for yourself.
They don’t see the part of you that smolders.
Don’t let their doubting drown out the sound
of your own heartbeat.

You are the first drop of a hurricane.
Your bravery builds beyond you. You are needed
by all the little girls still living in secret,
writing oceans made of monsters and
throwing like lightening.

You don’t need to grow up to find greatness.
You are stronger than the world has ever believed you to be.
The world laid out before you to set on fire.
All you have to do
is burn.


Gaang + MBTI Chart (inspired by this).

ENFP: Open-hearted, excitable, creative, funny and full of wild ambition. Always look on the bright side and keep their chins up, even in the face of massive obstacles. Excel in many aspects of what they do and hold loved ones close to the heart. Firmly believe that life is for the living.

ESFJ: Generous, compassionate, and a bit fussy, they care deeply for those around them and are happiest when they are able to lend a hand. Believers in “service before self”, they can sometimes come across as overbearing or smothering due to their above-average capacity of empathy. Bossy, but polite and eager to maintain peace.

ESTJ: Strict boundary setters who take personal responsibility very seriously. Have a strong personal moral code, to which they rigidly hold themselves and others. They are intensely organized and focused, to the point that they verge on being predictable, but they are never boring or dismissive of a good fight.

ENTJ: Blunt, firm, and naturally gifted leaders, they are quick-thinking masters of negotiation who trust their instincts when making decisions, and take full responsibility when those decisions prove to be flawed. Leave no room for emotional interference in their plans, work tirelessly toward lofty goals, and are often very frugal with their money.

ISTJ: Defined by their honor and duty. Take any task seriously and give it more than their best. Somewhat reserved and prefer to work alone, but can make great team members if the need arises. Logical, straightforward thinkers who often put duty before pleasure.

ISFJ: Traditional, loyal, kind and observant of others. Value stability and cultural norms and are often consistent with work. Known for their kindness and willingness to go to any lenght to help those in need. Often fear change and try hard to maintain peace.

There will always being those
who say you are too young and delicate
to make anything happen for yourself.
They don’t see the part of you that smolders.
Don’t let their doubting drown out the sound
of your own heartbeat.
—  Clementine von Radics, For Teenage Girls With Wild Ambition and Trembling Hearts (spoken word performance)
signs as oscar wilde quotes
  • Aries: "Our ambition should be to rule ourselves, the true kingdom for each one of us; and true progress is to know more, and be more, and to do more"
  • Taurus: "Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them as much"
  • Gemini: "The suspense is terrible. I hope it will last"
  • Cancer: "Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead"
  • Leo: "To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all"
  • Virgo: "I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best"
  • Libra: "Be yourself; everyone else is already taken"
  • Scorpio: "Never love anyone who treats you like you're ordinary"
  • Sagittarius: "Never love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear"
  • Capricorn: "The world is a stage and the play is badly cast"
  • Aquarius: "I am so clever sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying"
  • Pisces: "With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?"

I’m happy to announce that I will be publishing two new books through Andrews McMeel Universal in 2016. The first will be a beautiful, hardcover, illustrated treatment of my poem “Advice For Teenage Girls With Wild Ambition And Trembling Hearts”. It will be released in May 2016. The second is my next full-length collection of poems, “Dream Girl”, which will be released in September of 2016. I’m so happy and excited to be working with the amazing team at Andrews McMeel, and I can’t wait for you all to have these books in your hands. Thank you, as always, for your support. 💋📚