To Another Student Who Forgot to Put a Name on His Paper

You thank me for assigning this paper
because you “appreciate the opportunity
to communicate real emotions in writting.”
You worked hard all summer on a farm,
didn’t get along with your father. Also,
you write that your writing needs improvement,
and you hope I can help.
It’s as if you’ve become my brother, Ernie,
the kid in the back when the teachers give up,
the kid who says nothing in class,
who sees out of the window fields of marijuana,
money to be made. Whoever you are,
next time please write your name on your paper
so I will recognize you.

:: Tim Skeen, Kentucky Swami (2001)

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