His name tag is upside down.
He has a wrinkled collar
and there is dust on his shoes.
Spongebob is on his tie,
but his shirt is light green.
It doesn’t match.
There is a piece of his hair sticking up;
doesn’t look like he brushed it.
He took off his blazer and there
are sweat stains.
In the back, his belt is twisted, and
behind him are stacks of paper piled
all the way
to the ceiling.
I look over to see that he has a mole,
and he says,
“Do you know why you are here?”
“Yes, Principal, I am in trouble.”
This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.