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Paste On Smile.. A Day In ECA
by Erica Ivory

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A good day is ECA
Eau Claire Academy
Home for almost four of my teen years ..

A day in ECA
Alarm sounds down
the hall..
Another day of
emotional hell..
Paste smile on face..
Pretend all is well.
Up at five..
Clean your room
Wash the floors..
Stand at door..
I n s p e c t i o n.
Three points for bed well made
Two points for talking nice..
One point for getting in line.
O n T i m e.
Minus three points
for not standing strait..
Minus six..
for telling staff to go
m a s t u r b a t e.
Should NOT have said that.
Paste on smile..
Six AM
Breakfast in cafeteria..
Stand in line..
Get your tray..
Don't think I can handle
this food another day.
Can't turn anorexic..
Would help if the food
didn't taste like shit.
Only TWO points for
eating this poison.
Should be SIX.
Paste on smile
Seven AM
Time for "Unit Group"
You know..
Have to clear the air..
Bring up petty complains..
I have A problem with this group.
I have A problem with all of you
G e t A C l u e.
Stop letting this staff
control everything we say
And do..
Minus five points
For sharing..
For obeying THEIR rules
Ohhh well..
What's a girl to do?
Paste on smile.
Life goes on..
Eight AM..
Time for school..
Institutionalized classes..
Big red HOT buttons
in every room.
Can't miss them..
Bright red buttons
as big as my head..
Staff are a moment away..
Be careful of what
you say or do..
They will cart your ass to
C I U.
I guess these teachers have a
tendency to get scared..
News flash
How the hell do you think we feel?
We live here!
Day in AND day out.
One big pressure cooker
Always on the brink
of explosion.
No one to watch your back.
Every attack..
Be it resident or staff.
Waiting for the fall out..
The aftermath.
Cannot go to the bathroom
until after three.
Watch that you don't walk
into a blanket party.
Paste on smile
Four PM
"Trusting Group"
Now this one is really a hoot.
Stand on windowsill
Close your eyes..
Fall at will.
Hope that someone
catches your ass.
before you hit the floor.
Hope that someone
doesn't have
to settle some old score.
If they do..
your ass will hit the ground..
I don't think I
will do this trick.
Point system going down.
Paste on smile..
Eight PM
Time for bed..
Not even dark out yet.
I am awake every night..
Wonder why I have no rights..
Listen to the intercom
"Code blue"
unit one.
Another child goes insane..
Do you think that we don't suffer.
Do you think we feel no pain..
Do think that we are different?
We are the same.
Paste on smile.


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Reviewed by ira eden 9/29/2003
sounds like such a prison.
i'm sure you kiss your freedom
fresh on the mouth each morning now.
and you, you made it through somehow
with your wits about you.

i admire your courage, and your ability
to transfer such experience into art.

Reviewed by A PAX 3/31/2003
my god.!!!
does this place still operate????
how awful.......
you are one resiliant cookie! God Bless!!!!
Reviewed by Bobbi Duffy 3/31/2003
Erica, these slice of life pieces from the academy are so intense and heartbreaking. You do them so well.
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 3/30/2003
Erica it's good to share this type emotion and experience. All I can tell you is to find somewhere to escape and be glad you're not there yourself. I usually feel sorry for people in ridiculous positions, then focus back to myself having the freedom and little comfort that I have. tkcare Grady
Reviewed by Birdie Houston 3/28/2003
This was such a cool piece got my undivided attention I loved it
Reviewed by Oisín Breen 3/28/2003
Reviewed by Connie Hinnen Cook 3/28/2003
I'm so sorry you had to go through this Hell.
Reviewed by jude forese 3/27/2003
allows the reader to really visualize and experience the scenario you've expressed...
Reviewed by Nancy D. 3/26/2003
Words of truth spoken so freely. Great write.

Reviewed by William Bonilla 3/26/2003
Great write Erica

Reviewed by the phantom pheonix (Reader) 3/26/2003
I think this was extremly scary and nightmaric sounds more like one of my routine nightmares I suffer I so so sorry you went though this
Reviewed by E T Waldron 3/26/2003
You painted a vivid picture Erica, and I'm so glad you chose to turn your inner anger to writing so we can share your wonderful talent...
Reviewed by Micha Julian 3/26/2003
too powerful, shaking...and to be, to share this, awe and how you ever, ever got through this hell, dam, 'paste on smile'...(((((erica))))))
a masterpiece of truth and a cautionary tale, wonder how many ECA's still around...
how you survived...and became, became who you show here, so much courage! special, so amazing...humbling...
an awesome woman, you ARE...and Poet!
Love to you,
Reviewed by Christine Morell 3/26/2003
A's the pain and angst you've had to endure that make you into the fine writer that you are and you are someone who can empathise ( very special )
Chrissie :)
Reviewed by Jay Squires 3/26/2003
Thank you for sharing that Erica. The experience was not lost on you, though. You got an excellent poem from it. And it resonates in others.
Reviewed by Josephine Bohen 3/26/2003
damn what a life
there has Got to be a better way
Reviewed by Trish - The Trickster 3/26/2003
Reform schools...wonderful places. Excellent write. Trish.
Reviewed by Erin Kelly-Moen 3/26/2003
Excellently penned, Erica...a sad source of such inspired, reaching poetry, but I am glad you are writing it out and down for others to see. :)
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 3/26/2003
Sounds like the Catholic school I went to as a kid. Well done.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 3/26/2003
well i was in boardingschool myself......and Goddy they can push you tothe limit wonder you tell them to go "maistro"...hehehe
at that age I did not even knew there was such a "word".....but now i am whitty and know all about
Reviewed by Joel Raja Kumar J 3/26/2003
Erica, this brings tears. A real hell and I do understand how you must have felt in those days.

May God Bless you dear

Love from India - Joel -
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 3/26/2003
OMG...This was so terrifying to read, rather like George Orwell's 1984...My God, the strength you must have to have endured that, and remained the wonderful poet you are! My heart goes out to you!
Reviewed by Tony Nerone 3/26/2003
Dear Erica, That's over with. I know your scars remain. It may take time to go away. Or then it may never. But don't you want happiness for yourself? I think you deserve don't you? Remember new people that come into your life no nothing of your past. And you need people, nice, and good people.
Be Happy, Please?
Love yf

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