WHY COLLEGE IS NOT A FAIR GAME

WHY COLLEGE IS NOT A FAIR GAME

They say we are lost,
but we will be found soon,
and not thanks to the adults
who treated me like a fool.
We’re not playing a game
of who’s faster at reaching some aim,
which was imposed by people who supposed
we only have one pain.
The grades written in paper
compare the youth
who was hidden from the truth.
The truth that grades matter the most,
for we are just their host.
A simple number has the capacity
of turning voracity into inaccuracy.
Our hopes and dreams
were put into machines.
What they want is to daunt us
with the possibility
of our own disability.
Once in college,
we are programmed to have the same knowledge.
But college is good,
once you’ve figured out you’re not misunderstood.
Figuring out what to do
gets you in a long chain of games
Made up by people
who think we’re vain.
They think we just want a big wage,
and we’re willing to stay in a cage.
But we have come of age,
with the desire to conspire against the democracy
that takes us as their monopoly.
You might go to college,
and you might get a degree,
but know that what you are
is more than what they thought you could be.
You see, what you want to be
is already better than what they decide,
for you have denied their assumption
that you are just a means to more consumption.
Do not collect us as a prize,
but connect with our intellect.
We are not an enterprise
for you to privatize.
One thing stays the same –
and it is that we will beat you
with fair game.

CAROLINA VAZ PINTO

I like to write what I’m afraid to say. I devour books and make friends out of characters. I enjoy silence more than meaningless words. I tend to overthink every situation which forces my emotions to hide in the face of rationality. Words run through my head waiting to be put on paper and to finally be apart of some story. Insomnia lurks in the shadows of my endless nights.

LISBON, PORTUGAL

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