Patrick is a
poet-songwriter and essayist from
© 2006 Patrick Frank
DAY FOR A SUB
The teacher comes back too soon and makes me turn down
my Celtic CD. The kids are spread out on the floor
playing. I have been debating the merits of black
music with a girl from India. I joke with her, "That
hip-hop will make your brains fall out." She smiles
back and says "I like what I like," then tosses her
Half the kids are out of the room, at the library or
gym. The teacher averts her eyes as she counts the
ones who don't have a pass. The kids walk around like
robots, pick up paper and discard it in the trash.
Then I tell the teacher I froze her computer by
The final bell rings.
MAN ON THE GREEN
Someone is camped out on the green. A man circles,
asks for a dollar. His old flat voice reveals nothing.
I used to be the same.
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