Silent Studies

April 12, 2018

The bell rings.
Students find their seats.
Teacher stands,
And begins to speak.


“What is a vivid verb?”
Silence.
The students do not deign to respond.
To remark or comment or explain.

“What is a vivid noun?”
Sigh. Exhale. Murmur.

 

“What is not a vivid noun?”
Students silently shout,
Thing. Thing. Thing.
“It starts with a T.”
Thing. Thing. Thing.
“The next letter is H.”
Suspenseful stillness.


“The answer is thing.”

 

From the pupils proceeds,
Pure astonishment.

 

The class continues.

 

Quietly.






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