Trying


I am tired

Of parents

Who don't understand

A forty-four on a math test,

A failing grade

In an AP course.

Just because

I have no interest

In the cosine of 2A

Over the secant of ½ B

Or the government

Of Nigeria,

Doesn't mean I'm not trying.

And if I sleep

For hours after school

That does not

Make me a slacker.

I'm exhausted,

And the only thing

That keeps me going

Is the long countdown

To college.