Dailies 8/28/17: Naturalization! Wolfhounds! School! The game “7-Up!” Boredom!


Daily quote is from “My Home” 



Poetry Diary: 1st day of school today….My 1st grader was so excited he ran all the way there. I hope he stays that excited throughout the year….

Mary Ruefle – The Hand

The teacher asks a question.
You know the answer, you suspect
you are the only one in the classroom 
who knows the answer, because the person
in question is yourself, and on that 
you are the greatest living authority,
but you don’t raise your hand.
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 Derek Sheffield –  First Grade

Sunday afternoon and she looks up
from her drawing, wants to know
if I know the game where you put
your head down and thumb up

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Erica Wright  – Lola and the Wolfhound 

For awhile there are two mouths at least,

*****one human girl and a grizzled beast too shook


to do much more than rack his teeth together.

*****The sound becomes a way to measure time,

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Charles Simic – To Boredom

I’m the child of rainy Sundays.
I watched time crawl
Like an injured fly
Over the wet windowpane.

Read rest of poem 


Jenny Xie – Naturalization

His tongue shorn, father confuses
snacks for snakeskitchen for chicken.
It is 1992. Weekends, we paw at cheap
silverware at yard sales. I am told by mother

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