by James Mar
Sandy Hsu lived a life destined for few.
Why this was, nobody knew.
She was a girl who was always down on her luck.
From talking to walking, misfortune had stuck.
"I don't understand it." Her father would say.
"There's no reason for her to be this way."
"We can't be related." Her brother joked.
"My life's been normal, but hers got choked!"
"Don't frown on your sister." Her mother snapped.
"She's bound to improve, a potential untapped."
Sandy went to her room and let out a sigh.
She lay on her bed and wanted to cry.
"It's not my fault!" Sandy then sobbed.
"It's a curse I tell ya. I've been robbed!"
"I don't wanna study. It's just too depressing."
"I'm in the fourth grade and I'm constantly stressing!"
"Rather than worry, I think I'll unwind."
"I'll watch some TV and have a good time."
The following day, Sandy went to her class.
She took a pop quiz and placed herself last.
"Aieyahh! I should've studied the day before."
"I ought to do better, I have to do more!"
"Next time I'm tested, I'll come more prepared."
"I'll memorize each lesson and not be scared!"
Sandy studied and studied until she could study no more.
She studied and studied until her brain couldn't store.
She studied and studied as if it were her last.
"I won't fail this time; it's all in the past."
Taking the test, she didn't even flinch.
Every question and answer was really a cinch.
First to finish, she turned her test in.
It seemed so easy, she knew she could win.
As they were graded, Sandy eagerly sat.
Would she succeed or would she fall flat?
The teacher stood up and passed back the test.
Closing her eyes, Sandy prayed for the best.
Lifting an eyelash, there was some mistrust.
She couldn't believe it, she earned an A+!
Racing home, Sandy jumped with glee.
"Hwahh! Hooray! Yahoo! Yippee!"
Seeing the grade, her father was wowed.
"That's my little girl. You make me proud."
Her mother came over and gave a big hug.
"I knew you could do it. You just needed a tug."
Her brother stared with suspicion and doubt.
"A hundred percent? You must've lucked out."
Sandy paused for a moment and gathered her wit.
"Ha!" She exclaimed. "Luck had nothing to do with it."
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