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I took a creative writing class this passed semester, the teacher asked us to write a poem telling someone with "higher power" how we feel about them.

So, I did.


The desks line up
I drift away
Move into a corner
Books fall onto my desk
10, 15 of them.

All I can see above the mountain
Of books is your head.
5 more books pile
onto my desk.

I can imagine myself
Running through the forest.
When I stop, I see the words
"You are bad."
"You will always be alone."
"No one will like you."

I believed you for years.
I thought I was worthless
Because my mother told me,
"The teacher's always right."
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44 Visitor Comments

thats a real good poem and thats pritty sad but if i was this person i wouldnt listen to people who put me down! even if its your mom. i understand what this person means. my mom does the same thing!
hey this was really good! and it totally applies to life. maybe not to all people but alot of poeple who are consistantly having "athority figures" in thier face telling them how worthless they really are even though their opinion shouldnt matter it will always make a difference to someone. it has made a difference to me. keep writing this is the best poem i have read all day! ;-) 11 out of 10! lol
great poetry. i. understand. keep writing.
this poem brings out my inner child.
I just graduated from college. I start teaching high school in a few weeks. Some might think as a teacher I would take offense at the poem. But I love it. I take offense at the person who called themselves a teacher and did this. I've had that teacher too. And now I plan on doing a better job. Keep on writing.
WOW. This poem fully connects with my inner most passion. Keep writing.
This poem means alot to those who sit down at an empty desk, everyday, and do nothing but wonder why they are even there,as the work continues to pile up, and their imagination takes them away, to the hurtful words that their teacher tells them, and the nothing that gets put into their heads. this poem is there to let them know that other people feel the same way too.
this poem is all about how my life is
I thought that your peom was very well written.
This poem rocked so hard! I REALLY liked the last line, "because my mother told me the teacher's always right. " Lanora, you will go so far.
Great poem. great. Keep writing.
i totally understand what the person is saying and i love the way they put it into words it is so awsome and one of the best poems i have literally ever heard!
this poem was so inspirational
I've had many issues with an "authority figure" this year-if u want to consider him that- and I love this poem.
Great Poem. You r a very good poem writer. keep up the good work :-)
thats how my teacher was he told us that we will never be anything and life is just fun and games and we will never amount to anything
this was good
I loved this, it touched me because it's so true, and I love the way you claerly express the feelings. Good job.
I reckon im one of the many who think you're good at expressing yuourself, i can relate.
I like the way she makes a mountain out of the books, climbs it to confront the teacher and finds her 'voice'. The structure of the poem builds to her release from fear. Lanora is ascending not falling!
that is a great poem.
I really am inspired by your poem because this reminds me of how my 2nd grade teacher made me feel. She would always make me look bad in front of everybody and always sent me to have to take special classes. And worst of all my mom didn't do anything which made me feel worst. So if my vote counts for something i think your poem was fascinating.
OUCH!. wow, this poem is amazing! It's harsh for the teacher and I can only imagine the look on her/his face when they read it, but that's the way it is sometimes.
This is a truly great poem. I read alot of them, and very few my bring tears to me but this is 1 that did i reallt love it.
I really like this poem,so I will share it with friendz at school. thanx for brightening up my day!
I never even thought that you were talking about a teacher, so I read it over and it fits. I hated my teacher she treated as if we were her slaves. It was horrible.
that was insane i can totally relate to you bethany my parents have spent 10k plus on health treatments
The teacher was so wrong. you are worth so much in Gods' eyes and that is all that counts!
That's a slap in the face! I really liked it! Keep up the awesome writing!
it was ok i liked it
WOW. that is how my 7th grade teacher was to me. she would always pick me outta everyone pick on me, just say things to that would just crush me. i went threw so much stuff that yr. i had so many stomach problems, i was put n the hospital and everything, and it was all her fault cause i hadnt had ne trouble till she started stay stuff to me. if n body has this trouble dont just sit there and let your teacher say that kinda stuff to you its not worth u gettin all tore up bout, u need to talk to your parents, or a friend or sumthin and get it worked out!
you have a very good talent for peotry i to write peotrey and it was very good
Wow, your poem really touched me, because when I was in 6th grade, I had to go to guidance/therapy because of my teacher. She always made me feel worthless. She screamed in class, as well as cussed all the kids out. I ended up crying myself to sleep most of that year. Keep up the writing, you're very talented.
i love this
i really like your poem it was very powerful and it helped me see how people feel when you put them down. thank you.
wow that is a good poem that is what i feel, everyone puting me down saying the same words that are in your poem wow
Sara Dawn
I can totally relate to your poem! It's very inspiring and totally true!
hey i really liked your poem!
Woah! I guess you told them, huh?
I loved your poem you are very talented keep up the good work
i really like your poems i really hope that you make it through well i write poems too
Very good and very powerful poem!
i only have one word to say to that!

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