A Letter to My Grades
Each term the entire school participates in a creative writing contest, named in honour of long-time Brentwood English teacher, yearbook editor and houseparent, Ms. Beth Meluish. Below is the free verse poem composed by the Grade 11 winner, Anna M, Alex ‘18.
A Letter to my Grades
Dearest Academic Average,
Hello and greetings from the outskirts of the report card.
I write to inform you that you no longer define me
And I dismiss you.
Apologies for the short notice,
I understand the inconvenience.
I do hope you will acquire
A new position elsewhere.
Please do not take this personally,
Your presence was truly guiding.
It was you who pushed me to excellence
And taught me to be greater.
The standard set was high
So you told me to thrive
And thrive I did
To make you proud.
Your happiness was my happiness
As long as I prospered.
But what if I stumbled
On my way to achievement?
What if I tripped
On the stairs of merit?
Ruthless you were,
Enclosing me in a space
That was overwhelming, tight.
Inundating me with thoughts of failure
You were unhappy and I was destroyed
You highlighted my faults in yellow
And disregarded my accomplishments.
Perfectionism was unattainable and
The rage was inordinate.
Why must I be faultless?
Why is it that your notion of perfection
I am my own person
With dreams and ideas.
You are merely a guide.