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School In and Out

Read by Ebony Stewart

The soft sound of hands brushing eraser shavings

Off the paper

The clicking of pens

The sound of crinkling paper

The squeaking of rubber soles

On the polished tiles

The dull green of the tennis court

Behind the crisscrossed fence

Grass blades flicker under

The wind’s mighty breath

As does my paper,

Disobeying me yet again

Back to humming lights

And disinfectant smells

Chatter I can’t distinguish

Clapping and heavy footsteps

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