Thursday Morning

a child is running late to class
as mom just lost her leg to diabetes and
relies on child to move her, oh
and feed the other three children
before school at 7 am because
dad’s not there

the principal, 4 math teachers, a woman
from the ISD, and occasional teachers
walking in and out of a room try
to figure out the correct wording, to get
the language of the narrative just right to spend
$800,000 quickly before it disappears

the second hour group of kids, freshly from
Burma, Nepal, Thailand, Iraq, Somalia
try to figure out the correct wording to ask
to use the bathroom in between words like longitudinal
amplitude, frequency, and wavelength