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Below is the poem entitled School which was written by poet Fitz Cook. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Constant pressure,
constant, constant pressure,
constantly pressure.
I could not perform
I could not satisfy them
I could not be what they wanted me to be
I could not deliver
I could not be
so I diminished myself
to someone who wasn’t
or soon would not be.
I hated it.
I hated my life with them.
I hated my life.
They wanted it from me.
They hated who I was not.
And I was miserable
for 12 years,
for 6 more years,
then for 3 or so more
till I finally said.
Stay. Away. From. School.
it is killing you.

But my soul kept trying 
to redeem itself.
Trying to heal this wound in my heart.

Dec 2011

Copyright © Fitz Cook

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  1. Date: 12/26/2011 6:53:00 PM
    yeah, in a world where it's not ok to hate school can be quite sucky... thanks for opening my eyes to that, namaste ~N

  1. Date: 12/23/2011 5:33:00 PM
    Being in highschool, this really strikes a note with me. Congrats on being featured.

  1. Date: 12/20/2011 10:51:00 AM
    This could as well go for teacher as student. There is a song - Put On a Happy face. Sometimes this is hard to do. Like your poem. Congrats on the selection. daver

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    Date: 12/20/2011 2:45:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I hadn't thought of it that way. And its true, at the school I went to then clearly some of the teachers hated being there also. Thanks for your comment.
  1. Date: 12/19/2011 8:34:00 AM
    Congratulations on your excellent poetry being featured this week Fitz. I hope to see you as a premium member in the new year. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/16/2011 11:49:00 AM
    I enjoyed reading your poetry today Fitz. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I am going to see if I can write something for a couple contests this weekend. Hope you find the inspiration to do the same. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours. Love, Carol