A cacophony of excitement fills the cafeteria
On the stage, 48 students wiggle and squirm
Waiting for the moment
they will unleash their spelling prowess
upon the assembled.
On the day of the run-off test,
the 48 staged,
were the best
spellers in their grade.
They were the ones who stretched,
who took a chance.
The 48 staged reached for success and accepted they may fail.
The 48 staged embraced opportunity.
It seems small, but may be life changing.
Some will fail – that will make them work harder.
Some will fail – that will make them shrink.
Some will succeed – earning a taste they never stop craving.
Some will succeed and not need more.
48 are staged.