Catherine Graham

The New Boy

Writes his name from right to left:
Speaks a language

the class can’t decipher.
Smiles as the teacher hands him

a compulsory test paper.
Wearing faded blue jeans

and skinny black sweater,
the boy sharpens a pencil

given to him by his mother
the day before she was shot in the head.

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