Day 12: False Promises

A rally to bring back extra-curriculars organized by a group in my school. December 13, 2012.

A rally to bring back extra-curriculars organized by a group in my school. December 13, 2012.

The prompt for day 12 was to  “write a poem consisting entirely of things you’d like to say, but never would, to a parent, lover, sibling, child, teacher, roommate, best friend, mayor, president, corporate CEO, etc.”. My poem is to my provincial government, as well as the teacher’s union. Please see the note below for the explanation behind this poem.

False Promises

We worked-
strived for goals
not far beyond our reach,
knowing that nothing
would go wrong-
the seed of your pledge.

September came,
you faltered.
Still, we persevered on,
holding on to hope,
ignoring each mistake,
each fall on the downward sloping
ice.

Then autumn’s leaves
were swept away,
and holiday cheer began
to spread.
Your early gift to us?
Betrayal, with a red bow on
top.

We tried-
rallied against the unfair
laws,
pleaded, demanded
for something so simple,
so integral to our lives.

You refused.

Promises,
given then stolen
back.

The snow melted away
and you gave back
what you’d taken,
a scrap of paper reading
“sorry”
stuck to the top,
too little,
too late.

Note:

In the summer of 2012, there were many rumors about what would happen in the Fall because of some political changes. In a matter that had only to do with the teachers/teacher’s union and the provincial government, it was the students (and in some cases, the teachers) who were ultimately punished. After beginning our annual concert preparations before schools closed for the winter holidays, it was announced that all extra-curricular activities would be canceled until further notice. It is only thank to our wonderful teachers that we even managed to stick the concert in before the cut-off date, though many other schools were not as fortunate. This was a blow to all students, all of whom were disappointed, but especially to the grade 12 students as our university applications suffered because of it with the lack of activities in the final year, as well as the incomplete number of activity points that would have led to awards. Extra-cirriculars were not returned to us until till the end of February, leaving us with just over two months of activities before they ended for the close of the school year and barely enough time to prepare for the annual Spring concert. There is no single group or person at fault- rather, it was the way the matter was handled overall and the fact that they seemed to forget the direct effect it would have on the students that angered us.

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