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We are they who disobey
Deep and secret below
Good girls and boys.
We are they who strive for perfection
And chafe
And rebel without any risk.
We are they who wear sweatpants
Over jeans to gym
Because although uncomfortable
We retain our jeans but give you your
PE dress.
We are they who write our graffiti
In the login bar of the school computer
Pre-highlighted and waiting for the single keystroke
To erase. Even then it's nothing more than
School Sucks
134 days 'til summer
hi.
We are they who smile and nod
Sir and Ma'am
Yes or no
Spewing our poison under our breath
With blank faces
When everyone's back is turned.
We are they who dream of protests
And rebellion
And know we couldn't make ourselves take a single step
Toward the dark side
No matter how enticing
We see others' consequences.
We are they whose fondest ambition
Is to flaunt the droned directions
And fill in the C circle halfway.

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KatsK This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 20, 2012 at 3:19 pm
This is so true. I do some of this. Most of my classmates do all of this.
 
4qui133 said...
Jan. 22, 2012 at 8:12 pm
i know a lot of people at my Yuppie school who can relate to this, including myself.
 
yousaypotato... said...
Jul. 27, 2011 at 6:07 pm
this is totally what I do...
 
Sunset_on_tomorrow said...
Jun. 17, 2011 at 10:29 pm

I really love how realistic this poem is

 

 
Basketball23 said...
Mar. 18, 2011 at 6:13 pm
This is so true.  Those school scenerios are so realistic!
 
MidnightFireThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Mar. 14, 2011 at 5:51 pm
thats me and it's soo true
 
Detective Charriez said...
Oct. 26, 2010 at 2:20 pm
I loved it, like all your writtings, all your poems are worth remembering
 
the_Horsegirl This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 2, 2010 at 3:42 pm
Wow, really good poem. I could recognize just about everything in it from my own school; I like how you looked at these common behaviors and went a little deeper.
 
Imaginedangerous This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 25, 2010 at 11:03 am
Oops. I just realized that there's a mistake- I meant to write 'flout' in the second to last line, not 'flaunt'.
 
brax34 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 16, 2010 at 11:28 am
amazing descriptions!  and it's all soooo real!
 
Amphodite_11 said...
Jun. 12, 2010 at 12:33 pm
I can really relate to this! Nearly everything mentioned has happened at my school. Keep writing, it's very good. Would you mind reading some of my work? Thank you!
 
thewriteidea This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 11, 2010 at 12:08 am

wow,

this poem really made me think. when i first saw the title for it, i thought it would be just about school and trying to be the best. but i know i see it is way more in-depth than i thought.

i like how you've seen all these situations actually occur. you have a way of making it seem vivid; like we are actually there seeing it happen.

your style of writing is truly magnificent. i hope i hear more from you very soon!

check out some of my work, too if you'd like.... (more »)

 
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