Quiet

In elementary school

We had a stoplight in our cafeteria

To monitor our vocal hysteria

It would flash red as volume rose with tension,

In middle school we got a detention.

If we said something pessimistic or slandered

In high school we were reprimanded;

For talking and speaking out of turn

And the same my friends in college can confirm.

See, that’s how they do it

Put a cap on us so we can’t unscrew it.

From youth they teach us vocal discretion,

So in maturity we won’t question their “progression:”

Quiet
Don’t riot
Everything will be ok
If you have nothing to say.

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