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   I sat waiting.

Nervous, like smoke,

blowing furiously in the wind



I took a test yesterday;

Today I'm getting it back.



My name is coming up soon -

I can feel it in my bones, like I feel a thunderous

storm coming, waiting to drop its monsoon down

to the earth underneath.



I hear my name called, try to stand up

and fall right back down again.

My legs are like twigs, but wobble more

And my head is spinning like a typhoon, only ten times faster.



I try to calm myself, but it is hard.

I get up again

and this time make it up to the teacher's desk.



I'm the last person to be called.

Mine must be the lowest grade.

I start to panic.



The teacher's face is frowning.

I know I only got one question right.

I can see it now, on my refrigerator

A nice big "F,"

which will stand out like fire in a brown forest.



The teacher tells me

she forgot to mark my test;

That's okay.



Now I just have to wait

Until tomorrow when

I will have the pleasure

of going through it all again.




This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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