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“Don't you understand yet?”
My pencil tip breaks, and with it my self-control.
I clench my eraser
As if I could make any moment go away.
My tongue is rough with fear and
It refuses to synchronize itself with my mind.
My fingers quiver and I
Drop the pencil from my suddenly so unwieldy hands.

“Must I explain this again, really?”
I shiver beneath the ponderous weight of your expectations.
Shriveled by your accusing voice,
I try hard to slip into the burning warmth behind my eyelids.
There are so many words for mistake,
Yet they all signal failure in lengthening extremes.
How can I avoid accusations
Made by gradebooks and single letters written in red?

“Is it any clearer to you now?”
My tears trip over the ledge of my eyes
and come sputtering down, making my textbook fertile and arid.

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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MckayThis 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. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
today at 4:11 pm:
I feel this way about science and geometry almost always. Good poem.
 
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Rdelaney said...
Mar. 6 at 8:25 pm:
Just wanted to say I really like this and I can relate completely haha
 
IrenieThis 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. replied...
yesterday at 10:45 pm :
Thank you very much :)
 
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