Straying from the Path

by Ben Samuels, age 11
Straying from the Path Ben Samuels is an avid reader, obsessive writer, and history buff. In his free time, he has been known to enjoy a wide variety of books, ranging from Game of Thrones to The Catcher in the Rye. Known throughout his grade as a human dictionary and quiz extraordinaire, his most predominant hope is to one day open a bookstore of his own.

“Days passed before they realized / I hadn’t used their strategy / My tree was bursting larger, / Larger than everyone else / They shot me looks / And evil glances / I left that day feeling worried / Uncertain of what I thought was sure”

 

I was told to grow a tree

That would someday bear fruit

They told us that there was a key

He leaned conspiratorially, said,

 

“Our way is tried and true

We have proven it through math

Our way is tried and true

Do not stray from the path.”

 

Now I had been studying for a long

Long time, for this, so I knew

I knew what was supposed to happen

I knew the rules were wrong

 

I was swiftly bewildered by this

I had learned what was right

They had taught what was wrong

So naturally I did it my way.

 

I came back the next day

My tree was budding yet

I left feeling proud

Like I had outsmarted them

 

Days passed before they realized

I hadn’t used their strategy

My tree was bursting larger,

Larger than everyone else

 

They shot me looks

And evil glances

I left that day feeling worried

Uncertain of what I thought was sure

 

The feeling passed, and so I paced

Forwards to my tree the next day

I felt excited, feathery light

My heart was filled with glee

 

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