Poem: “Dear Brain”

Dear Brain

at school

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,

completely gone.

we looked down this throat

to find his vocal cords

ripped out.

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?


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s