Hawai'i Preparatory Academy

    65-1692 Kohala Mountain Road

    Kamuela, Hawaii, 96743

    Copyright 2018

    To That One Teacher in That One Class

    May 2, 2018

    To that one teacher in that one class

    Who made us all believe that his final

    Will be easy and short,

    So we all prepared strenuously for other classes,

    Filling up the hungered desire for knowledge

    And good grades, while textbooks for that one class

    Laid untouched, collecting dust, and only slightly

    Probing away at our consciousness in the back end of our mind and

    Thank you to that one teacher who - after giving us easiest quizzes all semester -

    Gave us absolute hell on a final, completely not preparing us for how

    Hot and exhausting that hell was going to be and even so,

    Thank you, for letting us quickly review for your class for a mere 3 hour period, the day before,

    While we spent entire days in the library drowning in the flood of

    Books, notes, and practice quizzes; however, if you would have explained

    The impossibility of some of your problems and the constant feeling of

    Running just behind the clock, almost reaching it, but it still slipping right under our grasps,

    Since time is a much faster racer than us - I learned - and it crossed the finish line,

    Well before us - and we could do nothing more but work our legs to the absolute limit

    And well beyond, yet see nothing more but dust of a trail that was left behind and

    Thank you to that one test for letting us leak more ink on our hands as we thought it out

    Than on paper of laborious problems for which the answer seemed

    About as obvious as the solution for world hunger,

    And yet, you have expected us to know it well enough

    To have the nerve of putting it on our final, and

    Have you - that one teacher - realized your mistake

    As you called out the last ten minutes and all of us

    Sweared under our breath as not a single person could finish

    That test,

    And you - that one teacher - could hear a collective choir of

    Our hearts beating faster to the symphony of our hands writing nonsense

    And guesses faster than our mind could process our own thought, but

    We just wanted something on paper, and we wanted to

    Thank you - that one teacher - who managed to break an entire classes’ spirit by

    Simply saying two words - those two damned words -

    Times up.

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