Monday, 4 January 2021

4. School Yard

The game hadn't changed

but the rules had.

On the playground I learned

that boys play football

that girls play jump ball

that boys throw spirals

that girls paint toenails.


As I tossed a red rubber ball


between my legs

the luster was gone

the leather was gone

and life no longer made perfect sense.

My education began

not in a classroom

but on a school playground.


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