The Test

Prose by an observer on November 9

Papers are body-huddled

Pens wiggling arms moving

Intense seriosity* oozing

Occasional stretch, glance around–

Not alone–back to work

Quiet except for teacher’s

Voice now and then dropping

Into the room’s waters

Which result in ripples

Of movement and comment

That gradually reduce to calm


*Seriosity—meaning seriousness, except shorter spelling

Tam Raynor

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