Dawn Reader

Dawn Reader
from Open Door Coffee Co.; Hudson, OH; Oct. 26, 2016

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Spoon River MIddle School: 35

James B. Kuhl III

Free Writing

Here’s what I don’t understand:
When we go to Washington,
in the spring,
all of us,
the whole eighth grade—
“The annual visit
to our nation’s capital,” you say—
why do you arrange
the seats on the buses
the way you do?

I don’t understand
why I have to sit there
for seven hours
with kids I never talk to,
never even look at,
not even when some
stupid teacher puts us in a group
and tries to make us
work together,
kids I’ll never see again,
for as long as I live,
kids I hate,
so help me, God.

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