fifth grade memory #2 

a story in an auxiliary reader delighted me

so much our teacher asked me to read it

to the class I did so with enthusiasm it was 

called hare and hounds the tricks of the hares 

to avoid capture were capricious and clever

for instance they scattered their paper-bit clues 

on either side of a fence forcing hounds to

climb back and forth losing time while hares 

skipped merrily ahead: but well into the saga 

miss hurst gently asked me to stop – the tale 

far longer than she'd thought did classmates 

ever finish the story? I dunno – it was less a  

humiliation more a realization about time pace 

taste, 20 years later I went back to that room

in search of that reader but it was gone...

2022 Jacqueline Jackson

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