This is how to run a stick of Chapstick
down the black boxes on your scantron
so the grading machine skips the wrong
answers. This is how to honor roll. Hell,
this is how to National Honor Society.
This is being voted “Most Likely to Marry
for Money” or “Talks the Most, Says the
Least” for senior superlatives. This is
stepping around the kids having panic
attacks in the hallway. This is being the
kid having a panic attack in the hallway.
This is making the A with purple moons
stamped under both eyes. We had to try.
This is telling the ACT supervisor you have
ADHD to get extra time. Today, the average
high school student has the same anxiety
levels as the average 1950’s psychiatric
patient. We know the Pythagorean theorem
by heart, but short-circuit when asked
“How are you?” We don’t know. We don’t
know. That wasn’t on the study guide.
We usually know the answer, but rarely
Another Rainy Day - Corinne Bailey Rae
Got taken in
We feasted on olives from the fridge
We stood alone everyday
We made love all afternoon
'Til the stars went gloom
You wrote, I layed
We dined on oysters and champagne
That’s what it seemed like
We connect in so many ways
So easy on my sake
Why am I so shy around you?
Why am I so shy?
Why do I take care to astound you?
Why do I even try?