"Dog"

I walk down the hallway

To my next class,

Slowly,

Silently,

One foot after the other.

And I see a sign

On a wall,

A bright sign,

And it says obey.

Obey.

And I think of a dog

On a leash,

Eager to please

Its master.

And I gaze around me

And I don't see a single dog.

I see children,

Walking to class,

Slowly,

Silently,

One foot in front of the other.

And I say to myself,

In my head,

"I guess I am a dog

Of the school system."

A guard dog

Known only by a number

To my master.

My only purpose

Is to get high scores

On the standardized

Tests,

So my Master

Gets a bit more

Money in his pocket.