A Project for Better Journalism chapter

Ego Integrity

Ego Integrity- Joshua Bailey

I heard roll call across the hall in advanced courses:
U. S. Government and Chemistry Honors.

And soon…

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.”
He wants-
ensures each bite burns.

My legs begin to sag behind,
approaching unbearable;

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.

and still…

I heard again, the call, my call:
English Literature.