If I had the power,
All the power in the world
I’d change the fact that it is so hard
For me to get an education.
Between the teachers that have given up on me,
And the students around me
Who have now given up too
It is almost a miracle that I learn anything at all.
I’d change the fact that I stay up all night
And that I work so hard
Only to get a participation grade
Because everyone else said it was too difficult.
I would make sure that the eight hours
That high school students spent in class
Were actually worth something,
So that they could be confident out at a university.
So they would be able to believe it when they say,
“I can do this.”
Because I can do this.
I can learn anything,
But I can’t do it unless someone lets me.
I can’t do this until people stop telling me
That I’ll never be able to.
Because that is a lie.
And that needs to change.