Saturday, November 24, 2012

School Picture

("1965" By David Salt)
Where the emulsion

Has cracked and curled,

Has torn or worn away

Lies the truth.


The shy boy face

The half-smile

Is the mask

worn to school that day;

Like the stiff, red shirt;

Protection against

The cold.

The true self dreamed of

Going somewhere friendlier.



Reading ahead in class

Or dreaming

Of red numbers and blue numbers.

He always dreamt in colors



That was one thing that

Couldn't be cured, or slapped away

With incomprehensible

Adult resentment.


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