High School Doesn’t Last Forever?

They say high school doesn’t last forever

They say that you will recover.

What happens to you isn’t the end of the world

The labels here, the titles here

Just temporary

Then why does it feel like

You can’t breathe when someone calls you

An introvert, a geek, a nerd

A slut, a whore or a bitch

These are just words,

They aren’t supposed to matter, right?
They say high school doesn’t last forever

Then why do people feel like they can rule over you

That they have some entitlement 

To decide who is important

And who isn’t 

Why can’t girls just talk to girls

Boys to boys

Is it necessary that they are gay?

Why can’t relationships be meaningful

Filled with things to discover

Why can’t innocence gain appreciation

Why is it laughed at?
They say high school doesn’t last forever

Than why is intelligence based on who gets the best marks

And not on who’s a good photographer or dancer?

Is intelligence just about the mind? 
They say high school doesn’t last forever

Why is there a social hierarchy

Have we left the class system behind

Or have we just hidden it with decorated words

Of populars and nobodies 

 Of jocks and queen bees 

Why do they exist!

For amusement or for bemusement 

Of identity, of self.
They say high school doesn’t last forever 

Than why does the comparison kill you each day

Cry at night, smile in the morning

The brave face, just a faceless lie

You drive yourself to death.

Self-discovery takes a backseat,

In the race to come first.
They say high school doesn’t last forever

Then why does experience of a time long before

Haunt nightmares of our present?

Why does  our personality still function

Based on scars drawn by those days
They say high school doesn’t last forever 

For teenager, it’s 4 years of their life

Of their existence

It matters.

It may not last forever, but its impact 

Is something everyone remembers..

It resonates, it instigates

It affects who you are

What you will become 

It’s not something to take lightly
The pain is real

It’s difficult to feel

When all you do

Is trying to keep everything  concealed

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