The Shadow in the Back

The boy in the back you always see.
The boy in the back you never want to be.
He never talks or gets in your way.
He sometimes answers questions, but with a delay.
No one knows his name or where he’s from.
No one knows that he’s trying his best to stay strong. 
You and your clique make fun and laugh
at the shadow in the back of the class.
But you never know what people are going through.
So be mindful of someone else when you do what you do.

Ren-Nessa Maulseed is a Graduating Senior Broadcast/Mass Communications major from Houston, Texas. She will be a contributing writer for The Campus Chronicle for the 2019-2020 academic year.