The Kinks

the middle school history teacher 

feels like she’s losing her mind 

covering the state test in roomsfull

of kids who can’t see why 


we have to speak english

the president’s insane 

what’s the point of all these

meaningless names and dates


the middle school history teacher’s 

got two of her own two hours away

in the middle class suburb inherited

from the divorce 


her kids stop to wonder 

why she cries in the car 

insisting on piano lessons

and no phones after hours


the middle school history teacher 

told me I could have her job 

she’s thinking about Florida 

somewhere somehow 


and I’m the substitute 

with my fourth grade work 

a book of origami 

and voices from cartoons  

◄ Slow motion collision

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