Click click click click sigh

Scribble Scribble groan

These are the sounds of students

These are the sounds of struggle

To finish the paper

To finish the problem

To finish the reading

To finish the drawing

All in ten minutes

All before class starts

Coffee and soda in one hand

Pencil and pen in the other

They draw with aching hands

They read with nodding heads

They calculate with headaches

They write with twitching eyes

Through the long, dark night

Straining to finish

Worried eyes glancing at the clock

Watching the minutes pass by

On and on they push on

To make it one more hour

Some pass out at desks

Others crash on beds

They sleep too few hours

Only to wake too soon

November 10, 2011


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