The American School System

Mitochondria is the powerhouse of a cell.

I'm glad school has taught me this much because as far as I'm concerned, that isn't what i needed to be taught.

Like how to order a pizza without shaking or feeling like I've done something wrong.

Or how to sign myself up for health insurance.

How to actually drive and not just a three week course that I can copy and paste my answers on.

Maybe I should have been taught how to write a check.

But no.

Mitochondria is the powerhouse of a cell.

I walk in to school five times a week and stay there for eight hours of my day. Sometimes the pressure of school will cause me to want to fake being sick or hide in a bathroom stall because I'm having an anxiety attack over a geometry test.

The worst is when I come back after being absent and I am handed stacks of papers and told  that my B has changed into a D because I missed the notes.

I'm wrong, the real worst part is when I walk down the hallway and hear laughing from a group of girls and then I'll stand in the mirror when I get home and pick at every one of my flaws.

Or after school when a football player says "Hey sexy, want a ride?" and I wave him away so he flips me off. Then the next day he will smack my ass in anatomy class in front of his friends like I said yes to his invitation the day before.

Maybe it's when I'm in line for lunch and a disabled boy gets food thrown at him because he didn't know what a bukkake is and I can't stand up for him. I'm too scared that I'll fall victim next.

But man, am I glad that I know mitochondria is the powerhouse of a cell.


(I previously published this on, my username is shutup_im_reading)

This poem is about: 
My country


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