Mike Okabe

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Why is it that
This grade is more important
Than my well-being?

Is the way I cite sources
More important
Than the actual content?

Where will I be employed
If I don’t get a degree
From an accredited institution?

What will my
Mother say
If I end up on the streets?

Should it matter
That I have anxiety
And I can’t write an in-class essay
Without my relaxing piano playlist?

How come
Nobody asks
If I’m okay?


Mike Okabe is a college student who works part time and is, for the most part, isolated. Aside from talking to classmates about projects, he rarely has an actual conversation. His writing is an outlet to express pent up emotions.