When Education Is Lost

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Automatic voice

Teacher talks despite herself

Even she is bored

 

Someone’s head bobs back and forth

As if to keep conscious

 

I feel myself fade

I feel myself disappear

Until I’m gone

 

But it doesn’t bother her

She doesn’t put on her face

 

All of us stare out

Farther then the classroom walls

Everything, nothing

 

Waiting, waiting, waiting gone

We hear homework and come back

 

But just for seconds

Because now we’re wondering

What we’ll have for dinner

 

He sings lyrics in his head

And she thinks about he

 

Really, no one cares

And It’s surprising how much

We all can’t care

 

Phones, rest, reminders of our own lives

Keep us alive, but just enough

 

To keep us sitting

That’s what we’re supposed to do

Too tired to make war

 

Even the window flea attempts escape

He slams himself on the glass with desperation

 

The girl next to me

Starts to hold her breath

I think she’s trying to pass out

 

The clock hand slows down

It starts to crawl and laugh at us

 

Is it possible?

All this talking will make us sick?

We all look so ill

 

We’re static and half awake

This is one of the slow times

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