United States of America

That no life lives for ever;
That dead men rise up never;
That even the weariest river
Winds somewhere safe to see
-from The Garden of Prosperine by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Message to Readers

I hope you like this piece! I’m taking standardized tests this week and I thought that I would write a poem about it. Please comment and review it!

Standardized Testing

August 13, 2019


what is the point
of it all

hour after hour 
spent staring at a computer screen
questions and answers
broken pencils and bitten down nails

nerves are high 
brows are furrowed
as we continue this test
of intelligence

what is intelligence

can it be measured 
by math or science
history or language

or is it
how you think
what you think

what's on the test
is simply a matter of what we’ve memorized
what's been crammed in our brains
through these long years

it is not our intelligence
it is not our identity
and it is most certainly not
our knowledge.

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