THE ARCHIVES: Chapter 188

Soap Opera

School starts too early.
I have to wake up
at 5:30 to catch the bus
and arrive at school
by 7:00.
The sun barely showed
its face, hid underneath
the cover of clouds
until some unseen force
nudged it into waking.
That’s how I felt today—
reluctant to shine
until I remembered
that school is my soap opera,
and I have to show up
to catch the next episode.
The lies! The drama! The intrigue!
Who’s cheating on who,
who’s throwing a party,
who’s pregnant,
who’s on drugs,
who’s sleeping with the principal,
who’s the latest failure,
who’s the latest success…

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