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Self-fulfilled Prophecy

June 2, 2016
By dariahoang BRONZE, San Rafael, California
dariahoang BRONZE, San Rafael, California
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He told me I was dumb
so I stopped studying,
stopped caring.
F’s.
Red marks.
They didn’t phase me
anymore.

 

He told me I was lazy
so I stayed in bed,
skipped out on practice,
ate microwavable breakfast,
lunch and dinner.
Video games
were better anyway. 

 

He told me I was troublesome
so I pranked my teachers.
The principal’s office
had air conditioning,
and my classmates
called me a legend
for stuffing frogs in
Mr. Rayne’s pants.

 

He told me I was a nothing,
a nobody,
so I filled the emptiness
with smoke
and shrooms
and pleasure.

 

He told me I was violent
so I started lashing out,
cacophonies of profanity
flowing from my lips—
never before had I felt
so much power.

 

He told me I was better off dead,
so I took the rope,
knotted it,
and did the hard part
for him.


The author's comments:

I was inspired to write this piece after seeing my friend's behavior after being put down. I hope that people will realize that words can have an extremely negative affect on another person's self-esteem, confidence, and performance. We can all do well when we have encouragement and support; even the best of us can fall when we lose that. 


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on Jun. 7 2016 at 2:31 pm
Luckystar78 ELITE, London, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"..though warm as summer it was fresh as spring." (Thomas Hardy) ("Far from the Madding crowd")

This is a poignant, beautiful and simple illustration of a dark reality within the educational system. Well done.


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