Do it Right and Be Normal
I say nothing.
I’m voiceless as
she lectures me.
thinking that I’m listening.
thinking that I will learn from my mistakes.
what was my mistake?
Putting a 7 instead of a 6?
Getting an B instead of an A?
Filling out the bubbles in the wrong place?
Spelling the word possible slanted?
Turning in the essay late by a period?
Putting the wrong chemical in the wrong mix?
Painting the color blue instead of green?
This is what it is all about
getting stressed
being tired
trying so hard just for you to get an A
for who?
your parents?
teachers?
reputation?
for yourself?
no
none of them
you do it because
you have to.
if you don’t.
then you’re a
loser
you’re dumb
stupid
retarded
idiotic
unintelligent
foolish
dimwitted
absurd
insane
crazy
delusional.
You do it so society doesn’t label you.
So you don’t feel singled out
alone
unusable
unstable
irrelevant
pointless
and
unhopeful.
All you have to do,
is spell it right.
Subtract and divide correct
read the instructions
follow the rules
be normal
for society