Vowels
Poem by Howie Good  •  Art by Jill Burhans
 


I remember do you memorizing
how many feet are in a mile

how many pounds in a ton
the speed of light

sitting in our assigned seats
which was the real lesson

though we didn’t realize it
our backs to the windows

the sun the bright yellow
of crime scene tape

Miss Dolan saying quiet class
how many weeks in a year

repeat in stupid singsong
a, e, i, o, u – and sometimes y


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