This is how to hold a pencil.
Sit up straight and pay attention.
These are your letters, this is how they sound.
This is how you sit still and focus and absorb,
or at least you should try to.
This is how you remain patient and present.
Soaking in the warmth of the body next to yours,
concentrating so hard that they are drooling.
This is how you try to explain that there are rules.
Always there are rules.
This is why it is okay to make mistakes.
We all do that. That won't change.
This is why we try our best.
This is how you hold it all together.
This is why.