The following poem is a piece of fiction designed to show what favoritism can do in a worst case scenario. This is not a personal story, but one that you may identify with if you have ever ridiculed a teacherís pet or if, perhaps, you were one who suffered at the hands of those who were troubled by the attention you received.
We eyed him with suspicion
He played no outdoor games
Different than the rest of us
His look, his size, his name
He didnít seem to care a bit
What it was we all enjoyed
He simply did what he was told
It made us all annoyed
He was always called on
When the answers seemed too hard
Studying was just a part of life
For a boy that held all cards
What made him so special?
Why did Mr. Wilke like him so?
Couldnít he be like the rest of us?
The unnoticed in each row.
We took it all away from him
Weíd show whose rule he shattered
No friends and daily ridicule
To us? What did it matter?
A teacherís pet, the stigma stuck
We joked, ďHeís not a human being,
Some genetically altered cyborg
All knowing but never seeing.Ē
One day someone saw him cry
We laughed at his hard luck
No one even tried to comfort
A teacherís pet named Chuck
At first glance, a rich reward
It seemed Chuck could do no wrong
The comparison drove us crazy
So Chuck never had friends for long
He may have liked attention
But he came to understand
That being the teacherís favorite
Can leave one fried and panned
I wish the past could be undone
After all - Chuck wasnít really flawed
Heís the kind of friend Iíd like today
If not for the day that we played god
He was tried and he was judged
He failed our obscene test
We never fully realized
The pain inflicted by our quest
I know that Iím forgiven
But I still cannot forget
Flowers on granite only ease the pain
Of my silent, private debt.
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