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In Year Seven:
You were my geography teacher.
I really hated you.
Loathed you too.
You gave me bad marks
And shouted at my larks.
You were the enemy.

In Year Eight:
You became my form tutor.
You were our fifth.
We were determined to
Break you like the others
And get onto the sixth.

In Year Nine:
You saw the angry red vents
Carved into my skin.
You understood
And I let you in.

In Year Ten:
I lost it all.
You were there,
Fighting for me.
You made me care
About my future.

In Year Eleven:
We made each other laugh.
And in the end
You weren’t just a teacher;
You were my friend.
For anyone who isn't familiar with the UK school system:

Year Seven - ages 11 to 12 (first year of secondary/high school)
Year Eight - ages 12 to 13
Year Nine - ages 13 to 14
Year Ten - ages 14 to 15
Year Eleven - ages 15 to 16 (last year of secondary/high school)



So the second stanza makes sense: My tutor group was pretty notorious for being a group of little shits. We were also kinda cursed from the get-go; the guy originally lined up to be our tutor got arrested for murdering his girlfriend the summer before we started. Our first tutor left mid-week, unable to cope. Then we worked through a few more. Mrs Smith stuck with us, though. And I'm really glad she did. I don't think I'd be in college if it wasn't for her.
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:iconstrugglingprey397:
strugglingprey397 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015
was the teacher a man or woman?
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:iconcorporaterockwhore:
CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
A really lovely, elderly woman. She was almost like a sort of grandmother figure.
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Ari-Heart-Matsuri Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:D Gives me hope for my teachers, as I am also in a group of little shits. Have been since primary.
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:iconcorporaterockwhore:
CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Haha :)
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:iconari-heart-matsuri:
Ari-Heart-Matsuri Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
(: I hope in September I get to be with normal people for a change!
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AKALykos Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
I love this so much!
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:iconcorporaterockwhore:
CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks! :D
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:icon0olong:
0olong Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014   General Artist
Thanks for this. Makes me feel a bit better about being a teacher. :)
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:iconcorporaterockwhore:
CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:hug:
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:iconmaya-24:
Maya-24 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
I love this poem
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:iconcorporaterockwhore:
CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks! :hug:
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:iconmaya-24:
Maya-24 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
Your welcome
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:iconarabian26:
arabian26 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice, the feels man... the feels! ;-; thank you for sharing this with the world ^-^ <3
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:iconcorporaterockwhore:
CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks! :glomp:
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:iconindigo-moon-shadow:
Indigo-Moon-Shadow Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so sweet (and very story-like)

Year Nine, though... :( I feel you.
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:iconcorporaterockwhore:
CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you :)

:hug:
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:iconmegapokemaniac:
megapokemaniac Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Student Writer
Dang. I'd better stop hating my Algebra teacher.
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:iconcorporaterockwhore:
CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Haha :)
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:iconbaka-espada:
baka-espada Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Student General Artist
wow
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:iconcorporaterockwhore:
CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:)
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TheBodycage Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Awww, as a teacher this is so sweet <3 
I had the same experience in highschool and this is what made me want to become a teacher.
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:iconcorporaterockwhore:
CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:hug:
Awesome! :)
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ForgottenFears Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
This was quite beautifully written. I'm glad you had someone there for you when you needed them and that they cared enough to reach out and help.
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:iconcorporaterockwhore:
CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much :hug:
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:iconforgottenfears:
ForgottenFears Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
You're very welcome.  :hug:
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Desiree407 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It reminds me of a friend's story. Props!
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:iconcorporaterockwhore:
CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks! :)
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:icontechnorganicsoul:
TechnorganicSoul Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I Heart this SO MUCH! This is a gorgeous poem; the story engraved into this is lovely and the flow of words are kept in rhythm flawlessly!
Speaking of a story, I can relate to this. I have a math teacher who I wasn't too fond of during the start of the school year because 1. I am not that skilled at the subject and 2. I wasn't used to his personality. Well, now that the fourth quarter is starting up and the school year is coming to a close, I realized that he's been kind to me and has been willing to help me with whatever problems stump me. I have to thank him for all that he's done to assist me in excelling in the subject.
I'm glad I found this poem. Keep up the good work! :)
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:iconcorporaterockwhore:
CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very, very much! :glomp:

Sometimes you've just got to give a teacher a chance, right? I'm glad you've got a teacher like that! :)
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TechnorganicSoul Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem and thanks! :)
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EJwhiskers Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I really love this. I have a teacher similar to this but I didn't choose her subject - I was rubbish at it - so I haven't seen much of her but she checks in with me sometimes and I adore her.
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:iconcorporaterockwhore:
CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much; I'm really glad you liked it! :hug:

It's great to have a teacher you can be friendly with, isn't it? :)
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EJwhiskers Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:huggle:

It's lovely. Do you ever sometimes feel like you talk about them too much so you try not to but then you feel like you never talk about them ever? Or is that just me? <3
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CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:glomp:

Yes. I definitely know that feel. 
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The-Winged-Pyro Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
Our form tutor asked a couple of students to be quiet because "In this form class, we have a tradition of coming in and acting like corpses. Please wait a moment before chattering." on account of us being dead silent the entire time. (no other form tutor survived more than a single 10 minute class with us lol)
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CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:)
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HelpILostMyEraser Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This made me tear up just a little...
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:iconcorporaterockwhore:
CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:hug:
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:iconcrystal-magic13:
Crystal-Magic13 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Teachers are in a unique position. :hug:
Thanks for writing this.
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:iconcorporaterockwhore:
CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:hug:
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MzzAzn Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
Oh wow, this is really wonderful.
I hope to make an impact like this on my students when I become a teacher :)
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:iconcorporaterockwhore:
CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much! :hug:
And I'm sure you will! :D
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IceAngel1234 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'm in Canada so I'm in grade/yr 10 but I'm 15, almost 16 yrs old. It works differently here. An then my sister is 13, almost 14 and she's still in elementary school even though she's in grade 8.
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:iconcorporaterockwhore:
CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
School systems are really confusing, aren't they?
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:iconiceangel1234:
IceAngel1234 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Definitely so! 
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Karen-chanOVERDRIVE Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
I know I say this to you a lot but I love the last two lines!
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:iconcorporaterockwhore:
CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much! :glomp:
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MaximumDoodie Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a charming work of art. You have a gift for writing a sweet story. It does leave me curious about what happened in year ten.
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:iconcorporaterockwhore:
CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much! :hug:

In Year Ten, I lost my mother. 
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MaximumDoodie Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh man, many hugs for you mate!
Hug Huggle! Man Hug Tight Hug 
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