The attention span of a teenager is no more than 20 minutes But
I sit in my 90 minute English class
Sitting in my bland grey, uncomfortable chair
I hear my teacher say
“Your assignment is a book report my children”
I eyed the clock, twirling my school bus yellow person
But then I hear my teacher speak the words
Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan
My ears perk up and I listen
It was exciting.
I read in tears
I read the suffering and hatred
I read the struggles of those with mental illness
I understood the cruelty of the world
I think, everyone must take a stand!
Everyone must fight!
For those with mental illness are seen as hostile
But they need help
Over the past year
My views have changed
I will now take a stand
And help those who need to be helped
Do not be one
It is not exciting. No it is not.