Tuesday, May 16, 2017

History Class, 1958

 skeletal fingers wrapped
         tightly in a two-hand-knot
the bowed spine responded to
       the direction of her eyes shielded
by large spectacles
as this titanium-willed
       instructor asked for the
terms of the Treaty of Utrecht
      from the class of students
withering under even the prospect
       of having to stand and answer
complete with comma’s and paragraphs
        from the hour of memorizing “homework”
and when the most innocent and naïve among us
            asked the forbidden question,
              “What is the significance and meaning of this?”
We all heard, “We have no time for such speculation;

         we have to prepare for the examination!”

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