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Sarah Paulin
Production Manager

Solemn faces
Closing in
You would think you’re at a funeral
Much less a school
9am sucks their joie-de-vivre
Until they are nothing
But a bleary-eyed husk
Teenagers trailing briefcases
Instead of footballs
Chasing after Ivy Leagues and R scores
Instead of beating hearts and whispers
In the dark
Halfway through Hell
The laughing fires consuming
Their eyes
Until they are vacant
Until they are nothing but shells
They sleep on a pillow of textbooks –
What else?

Originally Published in Bandersnatch Vol. 48 Issue 05 on November 7th, 2018