I raised my hand to answer a question
& my arm flipped right off,
thudding on Becky Dozer’s desk behind me.
wrong answer, I thought.
Becky simply brushed the arm
to the floor.
Mikey O’Brien was called on
by the teacher & when he started to talk,
his voice disappeared, silence, nada,
we looked down this throat
to find his vocal cords
Bob the Bruiser was summoned
to the chalkboard for math drills,
but both legs broke off
as soon as he stood up.
we lifted his torso back
to the seat as Becky kicked his legs
under the desk. (stanza break)
the teacher rubbed her chin & frowned.
you know, she said, education
is not always easy. you have to give up
one thing to take in another.
sometimes you have to make sacrifices.
she said, now, who wants to be the first
to cut out
the heart of a frog?