Ego Integrity- Joshua Bailey
I heard roll call across the hall in advanced courses:
U. S. Government and Chemistry Honors.
I’d drag around guilt & awake each morning in paralysis,
to the taste of salt watering pupils.
I hear him by the back of my ear,
“Get used to it.”
ensures each bite burns.
My legs begin to sag behind,
My overall is seventy.
Still I attempt the assessment
and fail to receive college credit…
an undesirable test result,
a missed testing opportunity,
and another almost missed.
I pass the almost almost entirely,
and make the most of it.
I heard again, the call, my call: