Lie one: No Child Will Be Left Behind.
Lie two: She wasn’t ready.
Lie three: We do not discriminate.
Lies build upon lies to create a system off bullies and self doubt.
They take vibrancy and skill and snuff it out.
They take ideas and throw them to the wind.
They shatter the light shining in smiles,
And the thought swimming behind bright eyes.
They shout out rules to those of us they believe they can beat down.
Those they can’t get thrown to the wolves.
When you emerge, your once ambitious mind has been scattered amongst lies.
Amongst doubts forced upon you through a system outdated, and uncontrolled.
Confidence and fight are words thrown with shade. Shunned.
You must blend in, a silent wisp in the wind.
Those who learn to ride the wind and rise above are tripped.
Their wings are clipped.
Those diving in headfirst are pushed back with strong barriers,
Forced to retreat to a creeping crawl, like a puppy in trouble.
Reared to fear the hand of power, so that they can be bent.
Broken to the will of those who lie. Those who fear the ones that shine.
Boredom can kill even the sharpest of minds.
Ratiocination is cut, and backbones crushed.
Intelligence becomes a reason for self loathing.
Aptitude is no longer acceptable.
Voices eclipsed by dull notes and sharp warnings.
Intrigue and amazement are blotted out by test scores and conformity.
The brighter you are, the harder you fall. You fight and you excel,
For nothing at all.
They tell you that they do it for you. They tell you that something is missing.
They tell you they can help, and that they prepare you for life.
In the end, biting back frustration is the only way to make it through.
Conforming is the only way to ‘learn’.
Allowing your mind to be bent and broken is the only acceptable path.
They tell you that you need them.
They cower because they know,
Only the weak lie.