Short Story. Smarts Don’t Guarantee. Katie Lewington.


Sat in        front of an English exam
I can actually not do this

I pass         the hall
where blazered children flock
I am taking a mock English exam in a private room          the matrons office

Alone           watching the clock
             that is propped against the wall, on the desk

A teaching assistant sits like a jailor

                 marking my time          and making sure that I don’t cheat

I feel dull
            handed over my phone and razors
which lighten my blazer
        I shrug it further over my shoulders
shift the gym bench closer to the table                          attempt to concentrate

I cannot fail.


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