Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Annual EOG poem

When I belonged to another blog (where the kids have taken over), there used to be writing challenges. I loved those writing challenges; they elicted some of my snarkiest work. But they also elicted the wrath of the anorexics, and I had to leave. I made some awesome friends (Mark, Nancy, Ed, Jeff, Mary Ann, Ruby, Lin) and only a few followed me here. Okay--only two followed me here. Thanks, Nance and Mark! But here, where fifty is the new thirteen, I'm still going to carry on some of the traditions of the former blog. Because if I don't write her a scary story on Halloween, Nancy will find a way to destroy me. The other staple that carried over is my response to a challenge called "Food and Paperwork." I wrote a poem (knowing full well my limitations as a poet) on the "food and paperwork" topic. So, in honor of EOGs and the unofficial start of gin and tonic season, here it is:


Food and Paperwork

We are about to start the Reading Comprehension
section of the North Carolina
End-of-Grade test.

(I am sorry if you had a bad morning.
I know some of you had to get yourself
out of the bed
and to the bus this morning
because your mom is working
third shift
because your dad left and took all the money
--but not you--
with him.

I am so sorry if you were up
most of the night
listening to people fight.

I know some of you did not
have breakfast.
Everyone else will try to ignore
your rumbling stomachs.)

You have
eighty-five minutes to finish.

7 comments:

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

this is SO depressing.... ugh. it's so true, which is why.

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

Not exactly an upper! I like the way you snuck that rhyme into the third stanza.

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

So sad. Don't they give them breakfast at school? Chicago Public Schools does that during exams ...

Linda

Andrea said...

Hey...you had me ready for snark...sniff, sniff...no snark?

Eclectically Vintage said...

Slitting my wrists and sitting in my tub now! But it's so true and I always said it would be a better place we all realized we're all fighting a battle.
Kelly

thistlewoodfarm said...

Kirby,
So sad, but unforunately....so true. And like Kelly said, so many are fighting a battles that we will never know or understand.

blessings,
karianne

Rita@thissortaoldlife said...

State testing closes in Oregon today. Next week I get to start the sort for those who will be placed in reading and math support classes. I try to focus on the good that can come of it all (standards, testing, the whole muddled system). If we can identify the ones who need help (often the ones who've gone without breakfast, of course), we've got a better chance of getting them the skills they need to get to a different place. It what gets me out of bed and not into the bathtub with Kelly.

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