You do not understand.
I try to come here, this institution of "education".
I want to learn.
I ache to learn.
Staying out past curfew
Twiddling my two thumbs
to fucking think of a clue.
You pay no mind to me
no mind to us.
Us latchkey kids,
we come here in the hopes
the hopes that SOMEONE will listen.
but I do not hear you call back.
I go to house, not a home.
No one is there but the whispers of my grandfather
the ghosts in the walls
the voices I've heard all day.
They told me I was nothing.
They told me I wasn't special.
They told me all you'll ever be is the latchkey kid without a home.
They care about your numbers
what you do or do not have
and how much you have.
They're telling me all these quotes
from authors I either care or do not care about
from politicians I resent
from these text books that are outdated.
My faith for this place is outdated.
I don't care what you're telling me.
I care to tell you that I am a latchkey kid.
I have no one at home.
No one ever told me I'd be
They told me all you'll ever be is a sinner.
I'm telling you now I am a latchkey kid.
I don't need anyone else believing in me but you.
My library books are over due
no one has told me
I am a latchkey kid.
I look out for myself
I have for the past sixteen years.
All I'm asking is fore you to believe in me
just this once.