Dawn Reader

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

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Spoon River Middle School: 54

Jim Baggs

Free Writing

I like to look at all the bags
They sell out at the mall,
Those packs for books and school supplies—
I like them, one and all.

My gym bag is the biggest one
That I could find for sale.
There’s lots of room for shoes and shorts—
Old lunches going stale.

My book bag is so crammed with junk
The zipper will not close.
And what’s in there?  A mystery
That only heaven knows.

When I was just a little kid
And went down to the park,
I’d ride the teeter-totter till
It started growing dark.

I had no one to ride with me
Down at the other end.
And so I tied my book bag there:
My silent canvas friend.

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