Every year since kindergarten,
We begin with a journal entry.
Entering our thoughts on our day,
and writing for over a whole century.
This continues to elementary school,
when we write a single entry,
every day about another memory.
Though, a common thread
that I can't get out of my head
Is the lack of passion coming out of our pencil lead.
We write words in a fashion
To gain us plenty of praise,
Though we don't imagine
We can change our hallways.
We spend our energy
Memorizing cliches we should avoid,
But we never think about the things that we enjoy.
And while I do think our required reading is important;
We should still have time to look at our favorite portraits;
Or read a book or sing a song about how
Florence is just gorgeous;
Instead of sitting here like zombies,
What if instead of writing about
how our day is going,
We talk about issues
that it feels like nobody’s showing.
Like how girls get called out
for wearing short skirts,
While their male peers make jokes
and act like perverts.
Or how some schools
try to divert our attention
From the fact that their diversity
is not reflected in their "honorable mentions."
These are issues many of us
feel strongly about,
But we don’t have a platform
to truly speak out.
So, in summary,
I’m utterly disappointed;
In how I have to form a compulsory chronology
Of how my day is going.