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“Don’t judge me
Or my scribbling
I wantneedcrave honesty!”
(but if you don’t like it figure out a diplomatic way
to almost say it)
Open the essay (wow, this blows) and pretend to smile
laugh enjoy the run-ons about something i don’t even
care oh god there are six pages of this worthless crap.
Smile pretty.
“I like it. It’s nice.”
Dick and Jane have more depth than this.
I can see you study my reaction as I read.
Your face is so hopeful, my laughter is
so insincere. I try my hardest to think of
a polite way to tell you to quit while you’re
ahead. I can honestly say that I sugarcoated
the truth.
“Well done,” I say.
I especially loved the part where it was over.

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EmaRose said...
Jan. 14, 2012 at 1:20 pm
I love this-know the feeling to.
sarahw said...
Apr. 8, 2009 at 11:40 pm
wow, this is great. i love your style. it's very unique...somewhat reminiscient of e. e. cummings. also, i like how you made something so everyday into a beautiful poem. well done!
keira-and-me said...
Apr. 8, 2009 at 9:00 pm
Perfect. I can relate to this poem on every level, but than again, can't every kid who has lived the school life?
Evynn A. said...
Apr. 8, 2009 at 8:03 pm
That is so true! No one has depth any more. They just fake thier complints. Love your point of veiw!
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