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You Will Need A Partner

You will need a terrific setting. The suck up kids are nodding.
Make sure that your character is interesting.
She says this in a monotone voice.
The only voice she has.
The one that puts me to sleep.

I languish back, whispering with my tree.
A willow with flowing hair, and a sweet nod.
Her bluebirds call my name, inviting me to dance.
A teacher’s droning is in the background, but I can ignore her.
She is easy to ignore.

Here is a template you’ll need.
Two teacher’s pets immediately say they will pass them out.
The teacher calls another one’s name.
A reluctant student who is probably in the land of giants
Slaying dragons.
I smile. It’s not me this time.
Cardinals and robins flit over, hunting for food.
There is a brush against my arm. It’s the template.
But I pretend it is the willow tree, loving me.

My eyes begin to close, a nap in the works.
I enjoy my soft day with her gentle quick ways.
I am in the zone, asleep under the willow. It is a warm day.
The sun is as gentle as the light breeze.
“Will need a partner,” teacher says, bringing me back
to my 5th grade desk.

I choose Jameson, I say, noting his horrified look.
He knows I did not hear almost any of the instructions.
I am usually more than half asleep in most of my classes.
Someone giggles.
The teacher must have given her a sharp look.
The giggle stops in mid giggle.

Jameson is terrified that I will not know what to do, but I do.
Taking the paper out of his hand, I offer to do the writing.
I ask for his ideas.
He has none.
So I begin with a flourish!


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  1. Date: 9/10/2019 10:16:00 AM
    So creative... Enjoyed reading this. Blessings for you.
  1. Date: 9/2/2019 10:14:00 PM always surprise me. No napping wanted when I read your work. xoxo
  1. Date: 8/30/2019 9:52:00 PM
    Love it Caren! Adorable writing. A student who refuses to squeeze into the boxes - “i begin with a flourish!”
  1. Date: 8/30/2019 5:44:00 PM
    wow, this is AWESOME, Caren. This is MY kind of short story!!!!
  1. Date: 8/30/2019 9:03:00 AM
    You have a glorious imagination! You have reminded me that no one need ever be bored :)
  1. Date: 8/30/2019 7:08:00 AM
    What a delight to read, Caren! You had me daydreaming right there with you :) Thanks for sharing your childhood memory with us! ~Mark