English teachers

always it seemed

wanted safety

write a poem about goldfish they’d ask

the posh kids would write about koi

& me I wrote

the great goldfish

swims round & round & round

not a care in the world

& my English teacher said

write like Jemima

who wrote

his gold scales flash in the sun

this fish of the deep

while all I saw was a bored fish

in a small glass bowl dusty corner

of the classroom

I knew nothing of koi

or of their home in the deep sea

write more my English teacher demanded

so I wrote

the great bored goldfish

swims round & round & round

not a care in the world

round & round & round

round & round & round

caring less each time

I was seven at the time

writing this masterpiece

& already apparently

I had an attitude

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