Poem in response to Quality Education
By Kelsey Cashman
CC Image courtesy of Bely Medved
The teacher begins to hand out tests
Making her way between the desks.
She hands me mine, I give it a look
Then flip it over, try not to seem shook.
Another test, another D
another day hiding the true me.
I knew all the answers, same as always,
But jocks can’t be smart, or so everyone says
If I were to do well in class,
All I’d get is my teammates’ laughs.
Ridicule, ribbing, shaming galore,
Trust me I know—I’ve been through it before.
I want so bad to do well in school,
But I need to maintain my image of cool.
Why must it always be this way?
Why must we shame those who get As?
At home, I tell my parents the grade
And watch as their faces fill with shame.
“This has gone far enough” they angrily say
“Until your grades go up, no more football is played”
I fill with anger, start to protest
But then I realize this is for the best.
Now I have an excuse to try,
And my abilities I will no longer hide.
Education is too important to waste-
School lasts forever, but footballs a phase.
Stereotypes away should be thrown.
“Nerd” and “jock” – why not both?
Why must they be two separate things?
Well not anymore, because I don’t think
The size of my brain affects the strength of my body
So from now on, I don’t care what you call me.
I’m taking back my education,
And urge others to join me all over the nation
In realizing that a person can be
Both athletic and smart—just look at me.