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. . Poems Grace Cavaliery

. . Poems Grace Cavaliery.

Athletes

ThefirsttimeIsawmyAmericanpoemstranslated
Ijuststoppedandstudied
thehieroglyphicsonthepage,
tinyscribblesofblackink
sayingtwice
whatwassaidbefore.
ThenIknew
Iwouldnotleavethisworld
withoutlovingsomeofit...
nothingreducedtoasingletruth...
allofoneblood,
ourwords,musicandlivescomingtogether.
Itwasnotthatthestarshadfallendown
Itwasmorethatwedidn'tneed
thelampwhichhadgoneout.
Howseparateweareinthedark
afterthepoemisgone.

 

Dates

Thesilverfrommymother'smirror
gleamsitsstories
towardalightwhichdropsandneverbreaks.
Itsaystotellthetruthand

permanentlyshining,bringsforth
anoriginaldaybrightasthisone
wherechildrenandothersmallcreatures
playedwithoutthreat

butthechild'sstoryisneverwithoutfearisit
andseemstobemadeofremainderswhicheither
wantforloveorsomerelieffromit.

Inthethirdgradethepyramidswerepresentedtous
byMissO'Malley
sokindthatshewould
inhonoroflearning
giveusthekeytoEgypt
ifshecould.
Whowouldliketobringdatesforalltotaste?
Whocandothisonthelunchhour?sheasked.
NaturallyI
whocouldnotimaginehow
saidIwould
and,likeachildwithenoughmoneytospend,ran
homewithonlyonehour,onehourtoease
mydearmotherwhoprobablyhad
littlemoneyinthehouse,yetwhobravelyasked
Shouldn'tyoubuytwopackagesfortheclass
IsaidNo.
Loveandfeardividedinmymindbetween
anoceanofchildren
andmymother'stroubledface,
OnepackageisallIneedIlied,
Someoneelsewillbringtherest
(Childrenspendsomuchtimepersuading
nowondernoonebelievesthem).
Eightdatesfortwentychildren
whichwouldtastesosweet
MissO'Malley,alwayskind,cutthetinysquares
andIkeptinterrupting,hopingthey
wouldn'tnotice.Afterall
therewasn'twaterinthelandofpyramids...was
there...and
nottoomanytrees,
probablyhungrypeopleandsmallrationsthereaswell.

Thatdayeveryoneofuswasareflectionoftheother
thechildrenwhoatetheirportions,
themotherathomeworryingaboutherdaughter'sgift,
thechildthinkingabouthermother'sface,
andMissO'Malleywho,kindandearnest,
taughtusallaboutahardypeopleinanaridland
whogavewhattheyhadandcouldgivenothingmore.

. . Poems Grace Cavaliery
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