Welcome To High School: A Poem By Lila Rose

Welcome to High School
Where your minds grow
And your free time shrinks

Welcome to High School
Where you’d better find a group
Or accept being a wanderer

Welcome to High School
We’ll teach you about mitochondria
But never about depression

Welcome to High School
Where cliques are as normal as
Panic attacks before Finals

Welcome to High School
Where skin is shown
And names are called

Welcome to High School
Where we dread school,
We also dread the chaos of the world

Welcome to High School
Where you must choose
Between good grades and sanity

Welcome to High School
Where just four dings hold
More power than you do

Welcome to High School
Where what you see on the surface
Is never what it seems

Welcome to High School
Where the teachers expect adults
But speak like it’s to children

Welcome to High School
Where you can regurgitate the facts,
But few understand

Welcome to High School
Where “yes” turns into
Car crashes and overdoses

Welcome to High School
Where 3 am is the bedtime and
Sleep is a distant memory

Welcome to High School
Where our backs look like parabolas
And bags under our eyes like slopes

Welcome to High School
Where your GPA is higher
Than your hours of rest

Welcome to High School
Where we turn our heads
Towards the silent madness looming

Welcome to High School
Where we can tell you all the facts
But nothing about ourselves

Welcome to High School
Where our work doesn’t stop
After that last bell rings

Welcome to High School
Where our brains are working
Overtime and yet we still continue

Welcome to High School
Where we analyze the writing
And everything means different things
(Yet they are all wrong)

Welcome to High School
Where we learn to do Statistics
But not our taxes

Welcome to High School
Where its flaws make us seem lazy
But that’s just teenagers, right?

Lila Rose

I am a sophomore in OA High School. In my free time, I enjoy archery, reading, art, writing, and hiking.