School Days

Muted muse surrenders to summer
San Francisco sun
God winks

“You are now promoted to
first grade. Go to the office
and die.”

Inner voices vie for nonexistent prize
while grey-haired mah-jong players
bam and crack.

All commands are the same

“There will be no talking
in the hall during noon
recess. All sinners must
stay after school.”

Are the blind capable of visions?
Are human sights totally denied?
Hangman’s noose shifts closer
Freedom burps noisy approval

“Blind men are blind by
choice. Sometimes lame
can walk and dumb can
talk and report cards
will be issued three times
a year. All failures will be
signed by your parents.”

Who signs the failures of being?
Where is the school for the
sighted blind, sturdy lame or
talkative dumb?

“Any instructions that are
not clear will be explained
by your home-room teacher.”

 

 

Image Credits: Lindsey Turner

Judy Shepps Battle

Judy Shepps Battle has been writing essays and poems long before retiring from being a psychotherapist and sociology professor. She is a New Jersey resident, addictions specialist, consultant and freelance writer. Her poems have been accepted in a variety of publications including Ascent Aspirations; Barnwood Press; Battered Suitcase; Caper Literary Journal; Epiphany Magazine; Joyful; Message in a Bottle Poetry Magazine; Raleigh Review; Rusty Truck; Short, Fast and Deadly; the Tishman Review, and Wilderness House Literary Press.

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