Tuesday, October 19, 2010

It Was All So Simple - Ashish Seth

Forests and climate change would be easy
But can you really remember a time when it was all so simple?
A dimple pimple in high school
Made the girl sit away three tables
You sat with the screwed and disabled
No one thought you were cool or able
At your table,
You’d sit with your broke and retarded friends who’d make fun of you
Who played big 2 and black jack and talked about sex and booze
The person who’d lose would have to fork over a dollar or two
And the person forking the change would always most likely be you
What lunch,
Soggy chicken burger and chips that barely crunched
After lunch, you went to a class you cared for barely much
And as such, lookin’ back, you can’t remember much
After school, hooded thugs would follow you to sell their drugs and ask you to pay your dues
Take you behind yellow portables and punch you until your shoulders bruised
And then they’d laugh at you and act like they were playin’, you fool
You laughed with them to shake off that feeling, that ashamed mood
Got home and couldn’t tattle or be the laughing stock at school
Some belief in a family pride made you hide your bruises
Instead you
Toiled and studied in your stuffy room as the sun took away your light
Memorized useless facts for a test that took an hour off your life
Mom makin shit downstairs that you did not like
But couldn’t say nothing about it or you’d be called spoilt outright
Went to get coffee with your bro, saw your friends, and you weren’t with them
Tried to keep your eyes away but your eyes met and you couldn’t avoid them,
Awkward conversations, waste of time, I need to be studying
Got home and studied hard and though you can’t remember how, you aced the test
And now your friends ask how you did it and you say “It was all so simple.”

“It was all so simple…”

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