Fifth-Grade Memory: Posters 

when our teacher told us one of our class

won the city-wide 5th grade safety poster 

contest I knew of course that it was me

but surprise, it was my good friend

nona smith who won with her picture 

of an open medicine cabinet with

bottles of different sizes lined up on 

the shelves I was glad for nona for

I instantly realized her warning to be 

wary of medications appealed more

to the general public than my kid in a 

leafy tree with the slogan "don't climb on 

dangerous branches" no matter how well 

drawn for most viewers wouldn't be in

trees but everybody looks in cabinets

it's a lesson I've never forgotten nor will 

I ever forget nona's incredulous smile

2022 Jacqueline Jackson

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