Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Palmer Method of Child Cruelty - a poem

Lawrence Hall

The Palmer Method of Child Cruelty

Left-handed children will write prettily
To Old Lady Stalin’s specifications
When Buna, Texas freezes over – twice
Or wicked Palmer rises from the dead

“Why can’t you write neatly, like your brother?
Just look what a chicken-scratch you’re making
You’ll stay in from recess and write it over
And don’t you waste so much paper this time…”

No stories, no thoughts, only soulless curves
Left-handed children will write angrily

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