Prompt 56 “Indescribable Frustration” – The Final Year


Sit I say

We meet again

You understand why you are here

‘Yes,’ you say ‘My work?’

Yes or rather your lack of any.

You are not achieving, getting nowhere

For a boy of your intelligence

I cannot understand your resistance

That will derail any chance of a career.

Is there more that I could do?

At even this late stage?

We’ve extended deadlines.

We’ve offered extra time

We’ve sat and helped you plan

We’ve chunked it into bits and pieces

I’ve even offered to read your work.

I am not sure what more I can do.

Its not that you cannot do this,

You are a very capable boy

It’s got to be more than ability

I ask you once again, why?

You shrug and look downcast

Your feet shuffle, your hands clasped,

Your discomfort is so clear

You have no answers, no insights.

Its like you’ve hit a wall

One you cannot cross or find a way around.

It mystifies you that you cannot start

It exasperates me when I have tried so hard.

So I start again, with a new strategy

Which is an old one in a different guise,

To try again, get you home, exams are coming

One last chance, but I fear the worst

I do believe its so much like

Taking a horse to water,

Knowing you cannot make it drink.

So I hold back on my own frustrations

There’s only so much I can do

In the end you’ll front the exam

Find your own way or just drown

Nothing I can do to help you then.

With fingers crossed I’ll wish you well

Await your return pray you stay the time

Have a go, at least come out and say

It was ok, I did my best, but reality sets in

I’m sure you’ll go through the motions

Play the game, you know the rules.

But in your mind there is a black hole

What’s in it I think no one knows!


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23 Responses to Prompt 56 “Indescribable Frustration” – The Final Year

  1. Gabriella says:

    Great expression of a frustration I know too well!

  2. Wow I will hit this with my sons at some stage I am sure it’s scary to just let them sink or swim x. Well well wrotten

  3. There was definitely frustration on your part, to the point of almost anger.the teacher will always remain the teacher won’t they 🙂

  4. CC Champagne says:

    This is deeply felt and relatable even for those (I think) who aren’t in exactly that position. A universal frustration described in great detail without being too specific. You know I love it!

  5. This is an emotionally draining situation to be sure powerfully conveyed

  6. JackieP says:

    I am sure the frustration was felt by all, but some just cannot be motivated till it’s too late. Very well done Michael, you showed us frustration and we felt it.

  7. The Real Cie says:

    It makes me think of my son. He is highly intelligent, but his psych issues keep stalling him. He has quit college three times. I hope someday he will find his path.

    • Hello long time since I saw you visit. I feel for your son, some kids take a long time to get to where they want to go. I hope he is able to sort himself out, I understand how draining it can all be for parents. I had several highly intelligent students who for a variety of reasons were never able to achieve as they wanted to. One young lady had an anxiety based eating disorder which meant we had to remove her from exams and assessment in her preliminary year in an effort to get well. Hers was an uphill battle one she may carry thru life. Good luck to you and your son.

  8. RoSy says:

    So frustrating when you know that there’s potential in someone – but – they themselves don’t see it.

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