Cracks

Cracks

Every year Simons report card echoed
the one before it.
Simon can do better
Simon needs to listen more and talk less
Simon is disruptive in class.


Every year Simons mother would read his report card,
turn to her son
and sigh.


It wasnt that Simon didnt try
he did, he really did.
It was the words
they didnt make sense
swimming as they did before his eyes
frag           mented and dis-
joint-
 ed,
the letters mixed up,
reversed,
out of sequence.
How was he supposed to understand them?


Hed have told this to his teachers
if any of them had ever bothered to ask
but none of them did.
Not even once.


Simon knew he was smart,
he could take things apart,
put them back together again
without any pieces left over.
He had no trouble with math
as long as it was just numbers -
it was a bigger problem
to read the questions.


Simon never did graduate.
At 15, after one too many schoolyard fights
he was expelled.
By 18 he was behind bars -
the space between them
too narrow to fall through.


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--Helen Keller
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