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:”
Everything will be ok
If you have nothing to say.