Poetry Friday: Framing My Future

December 9th, 2011

A few weeks ago we shared a poem from Kelly Gallagher’s new book, Write Like This. This week we have another poem from his book, this time from one of his students. Kelly uses the video and poem The Lost Generation as a mentor text for writing reverse poems. Watch the video here and then read what Kelly’s student Rebecca wrote:

Framing My Future
By Rebecca Bausan

My future is in ruins
Therefore I will discard the impression that
I will be able to achieve what others could not
This may be surprising to some but
Education is overrated
I will not accept the concept that
I can make a difference through my education
So I will let others know that
It is not worth it.
Many say
Hard work pays off but
I see things differently.
It is apparent that
Beauty and luxury are vastly more important than brains and wisdom
I am completely against the assumption that
Personal achievement will be able to thrive in a world so corrupted
I am certain that
In the future
There will be an increase in college dropouts
It cannot be said that
My peers and I will benefit from a higher education for
Our betterment comes from pleasures of selfishness
It is a false belief that
Success is an option.

All of this will stay a reality unless I choose to reverse it.

Entry Filed under: Poetry Friday

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Linda Baie  |  December 9th, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Oh so heart-warming to see that students can do this, and create such power in their words. They must feel that too. I’m so glad you shared this.

  • 2. Maria Horvath  |  December 9th, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    I love it when people come up with such wonderful ideas.

  • 3. Robyn Hood Black  |  December 9th, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    I’d bet success is more than an option for this young poet – thanks for sharing!

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