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Poem: "Education Is a Matter of Perspective" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "Education Is a Matter of Perspective"

This is today's first freebie.  It was inspired by a prompt from my_partner_doug.  It belongs to the Monster House series, which you can explore further on the Serial Poetry page.

Education Is a Matter of Perspective

"Mommy, I'll be fine," says our daughter
as she hugs my wife.
Her pigtails bounce as she hops into the bus,
white cane dangling carelessly from one hand,
the other hand clutching the gremlin I couldn't see.

"Five bucks says we get a phone call
from the school today," I say.

"No bet," my wife mutters.

 * * *
Kindergarten is boring.
I already know the alphabet and the colors
and I can count, even if the teacher
doesn't expect me to just because I can't see,
which is pretty stupid of her.
I thought teachers were supposed to be smart.

Kindergarten is boring,
but people are fun,  and at school
there are people everywhere,
talking about all kinds of new things.
We play games and the teacher reads stories
and the echo in the hall shows me how to throw my voice.

And then I realize that I forgot my lunch.

 * * *
Now technically  speaking,
a locker is not a closet,
but it has a door and it's used for storage,
so it kind of counts in much the same way
that a hide-a-bed couch counts as a bed for my cousin,

although it really is quite  a tight fit,
but I'm sure this can be made to work somehow
if I can just get an arm in there --

well.  Things are a bit smushed, perhaps,
but the sandwich is peanut butter so it's not too noticeable.

 *  * *
The first day of school is always rough,
full of children crying and parents trying not to cry,
things getting spilled and nobody knowing the rules,
being called "Mommy" and "Grandma" and "Babysitter"
by kids who yell for a grownup out of habit
without looking to see who's actually there.

The blind girl should be no trouble,
should be sitting quietly, but oh no --
she's flinging fingerpaints onto the easel
(and everyone's clothes) with great abandon,
scrambling to the top of the monkeybars,
shouting to make the hallways echo
and somehow I keep thinking that I hear her
inside cabinets and lockers and the toy drawers
where she obviously isn't.

I really need a drink,
and it's not even quitting time yet.

 * *  *
The teacher on the phone is a bit hysterical,
and really, you'd think they'd hire someone calmer
for kindergarten.  I glare at my wife,
who is laughing as I pull the phone away from my ear,
but the teacher is still yelling something
about cabinets and voices
and little girls who know more than they should.

"Do you have anything to add?" I ask my daughter.
She giggles.  "I like  school," she says.
"I met the echo in the hall who knows all kinds of things,
and I learned how to throw my voice!"

"That explains a lot," I say.

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e_scapism101 From: e_scapism101 Date: September 18th, 2012 08:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee! I'd love to see her meet a teacher who *gets* it. Or a janitor. Or the principal. Which leads me to locker gremlins, and blackboard gremlins, and things what live in the basement of the school...
thnidu From: thnidu Date: September 18th, 2012 08:42 pm (UTC) (Link)


... who used to be Delight until it all changed. :-)
janetmiles From: janetmiles Date: September 18th, 2012 08:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, my. *grin*
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 18th, 2012 10:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad you like it.
ladymondegreen From: ladymondegreen Date: September 19th, 2012 06:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's terrific. I especially like the lunch retrieval.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 20th, 2012 04:05 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I thought it would be an interesting twist on the usual routine of a parent driving to school with lunch.
From: rhodielady_47 Date: September 29th, 2012 10:16 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

I also like the lunch retrieval--great idea!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 29th, 2012 04:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

That's good to hear.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: May 1st, 2018 11:57 am (UTC) (Link)
In the Ravenstone verse, this girl would grow up to be a witch.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: May 1st, 2018 04:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

Well ...

I don't know what she'll grow up to be, but I'm sure it will involve still interacting with all the unusual creatures. :D
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