Ruth Walters

Last Day (For Karen) - Poem by Ruth Walters

As I walked away
I decided not to go to their party.
I pushed my sadness and shame
into a vault and shut it tight.

I let you and I down.
You, that big institution called school
and me, the little number on the list;

Years of invisibility did it,
ignored by my peers,
avoided by teachers, except for their sneers
Now I was free.

School never ever liked me.

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Comments about Last Day (For Karen) by Ruth Walters

  • Bri Edwards (5/26/2016 11:34:00 PM)

    This shall go into my/our May 2016 Showcase, found on my PH site. Thanks.

    I had a much more sublime? ? time in high school, but college (the academic part of it) was more of a joke for me and the school, culminating in our mutual agreement that I 'withdraw' in my senior year. I have never regretted not finishing.

    Thanks for the poem.
    And to MyPoemList. I think I had read something like this from you before now.


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  • (8/21/2012 5:53:00 AM)

    For many school is not a place to flourish which is sad, but hopefully life in the bigger outside world will be more productive and leave the past behind, further and further with each passing day. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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