exam conditions

Exam conditions

unnatural silence in a room so full
small sounds only: scratches on paper
heads scratched, arms scratched, sighs
the hollow turn of page

flushed faces
fingers flexed
hair tweaked back or pulled obsessively

how many dreamt last night
of the wrong room
at the wrong time
of unanswerable questions?
unbearable

so vulnerable
they sit
good children again, even at 40
meeting expectations

I want to say:
enough!
I don’t want to mark them.
Who am I to mark them?

exam conditions

nadine henley

Joined March 2009

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