The School Rule

by Oneal Walters

I chatted often in classes.
I tried to pay some attention
I needed to know how to finish my homework.
I attempted to trigger many conversations
With the people to the north, south, east and west of me.
I tried to balance a plate that seemed to get heavier
As the conversations progressed behind the teacher's back.
It was a sweet-bitter experience, an ongoing nightmare
My nights were spent venturing through my homework.
There were no teachers or friends to ask for assistance.
I alone struggled to tame my confusion as I read these instructions.
I studied to understand within the nights and was visited by tiresome
Then I verbally fought teachers who didn't want to receive my excuses
When I had to miss their classes to finish my assignments.
I had to be more than the person who just ‘gets-by.'
I had to listen and then envelop my friend's dreams
Rising above was a goal for them, it must be a goal for me too.
I needed to wear the armour of effort, needed a sword that was deaf
To excuses and the false words of people that cast doubts.
I needed to increase my opportunities. I wanted to live.
I needed to be better than what I was.

Message: You should not attempt to distract yourself from
the learning progress because the effects can be minor but
ongoing. Most of time, we have to be patient with the tasks
that we dislike in order to receive the goal that we stated
long ago. Strive to be better than what you already are.

The School Rule by Oneal Walters

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