What You Missed that Day You Were Absent from Fourth Grade

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What You Missed that Day You Were Absent from Fourth Grade

Post by Welles » Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:19 pm

What You Missed that Day You Were Absent from Fourth Grade — a poem by Brad Aaron Modlin

Mrs. Nelson explained how to stand still and listen
to the wind, how to find meaning in pumping gas,
 
how peeling potatoes can be a form of prayer. She took questions
on how not to feel lost in the dark.
 
After lunch she distributed worksheets
that covered ways to remember your grandfather’s
 
voice. Then the class discussed falling asleep
without feeling you had forgotten to do something else—
 
something important—and how to believe
the house you wake in is your home. This prompted
 
Mrs. Nelson to draw a chalkboard diagram detailing
how to chant the Psalms during cigarette breaks,
 
and how not to squirm for sound when your own thoughts
are all you hear; also, that you have enough.
 
The English lesson was that I am
is a complete sentence.
 
And just before the afternoon bell, she made the math equation
look easy. The one that proves that hundreds of questions,
 
and feeling cold, and all those nights spent looking
for whatever it was you lost, and one person
 
add up to something.

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Re: What You Missed that Day You Were Absent from Fourth Grade

Post by Sandy » Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:42 am

Love it! :loves
Thanks Welles!
xxSandy
Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.

~ Chief Seattle ~

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