Subject Stars: Year 11 Poetry
Mr Dixon's Year 11 Literature class were recently studying a poem by Rupi Kaur which began with the line, ‘I want to apologize to...’ Before the students saw the poem, Mr. Dixon asked them to use the opening line to create their own version of the poem.
He asked the students to use a programme called Socrative which meant, ‘All of the poems would be visible to the rest of the class online’. Students then voted for their favourite and Nasra’s poem was selected the best.
As Mr. Dixon read the poem he stated, ‘I cannot believe that Nasra produced such publishable quality in such a short space of time’. The poem was an ‘apology to my younger self’, for perfection that was impossible. It represents the problems that some people suffer through, yet is also a very beautiful poem. Nasra herself, ‘Very much enjoyed writing the poem and am very happy to be chosen’.
I want to apologise to myself
for every single thing
i put myself through.
Little me was very much a perfectionist
and while that might be good at times
sometimes it can be suffocating,
sucking the life out of you.
Sorry for all the anger
I put inside you and for
everything you did
Sorry for closing you up
like a clam to the outside world
Sorry for the pressure
I put you under
All in the name of perfection
And sorry for making you grow up too fast
Stealing your childhood all to please others.
Little did i know
That perfection i would strive for
Was a lie
The only thing I could do
Your flaws are beautiful.
So I want to once again apologise
To my younger self
Though in reality
It's more of an apology to soothe