My 8th Grade Year
By: Kendra West
"Can I PLEASE stay home tomorrow?"
I continually asked; each time I asked I knew I was going to get the same answer and that was "NO".
I then explained to them why I didn't want to go;
"I don't want to school tomorrow because at Poetry Cafe we have to read our poetry on stage in front of my class and one other class and i'm extremely nervous about it".
This did not change either of their minds they said,
"You have to go tomorrow if you don't you'll just have to do it another time"
I finally accepted that I would have to go to school and went to bed. I could not sleep that night being so nervous about the next day. I woke up the next morning and got dressed, still being terrified of having to get on stage that day. When I got to school I realized it was not just me who where nervous, all my friends were scared too. When Poetry Cafe began my class went first people began to go on stage and read their poetry, some were short poems, some where long poems, some where funny poems, and some where serious poems. As my turn neared my nerves grew even greater. When it was my turn to go I walked up on stage and sat on the stool I could not see much of either classes because the light shining on me was very bright. I began to read my poetry, i'm sure I read very fast. I finished and walked off stage to my seat. I realized that it was not as bad as I thought it was.