Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Punishment


Math is so boring.
My fifth-grade math teacher
takes away my book
that I spent a lot of money on.
It's a translation of
Tom Sawyer,
which I read secretly
in the desk drawer,
not listening to him
solving math word problems.

I have to write this sentence
five hundred times with a brush:
I PROMISE I WILL CONCENTRATE ON MY LESSON.
I am glad my teacher forgets to ask my parents
to sign their names to the paper.
I write the punishment in secret.
My teacher returns the book to me
at the end of the semester
after I promise I will never
read in math class again.

How nice, how nice it would be
if there were only reading class.

- Tofu Quilt, Ching Yeung Russell
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