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Not MeOnce in time there was a boy named JohnnyJohnny was skinny and clumsy and tallHis family was poor though they had moneyHis dad owned a business always on callHe lived in a small town in the NorthwestHe was told that he was disadvantagedHis school was bad but his teachers the bestThe classrooms were old the textbooks were damagedHe didnt excel although a bright studentTeachers called him an underachieverHe didnt notice a quarter-life spentUntil Grad-night made him a believerHe thought of the times when watching TVPawning his studies to follow the gameMust be athletic instead of a weenieFor sports is the easiest road to ones fameWell easiest for some though not for himThough he never gave up and gave it his allHe offered his best and played always to win Yet the harder he worked the harder hed fallWhen his sports were done he had nothing to doHe had all of the time in the worldWhy not study said his mom cooking the stewHe thought of that during supper and hurledHis mother soon tired of the grades he brought homeShe made him study each day after schoolHe was grounded from TV and from the phoneHe was shut in his room and force-fed gruelHis grades slowly improved thanks to his momAlthough he didnt thank her at the timeHe averaged all Bs by the time of the PromHe imagined that God had dropped him a signNo longer requiring his moms motivationHe came home on his own and went straight to his roomReading Provided some mental relaxationHe even read during lunch in the afternoonStill not an A student he struggles in schoolOnce it was easy for him to get AsNow the hard work makes him feel like a foolThe work has caught up to him and his waysNow tired of school Johnny chooses a jobif he chose to he could go to collegeYou should stay in school said his mom with a sobBut he no longer has a
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