From Enough for a Book, published in 2016.
Maybe This Time
I listen to
the stumbling efforts
of a little girl
refusing to read.
nonexistent in her voice.
Every word an enemy.
She has already decided.
Fighting every single step of the way
down the page.
No tutor is going to make a difference.
You can say and I have tried
a different approach
You can say
she is afraid of failing
what a harsh dismissal of a child so young
I hear a child who has decided
no amount of showing her the door
will stop her from choosing to walk through the wall
and I can’t do anything about that.
We turn to a new page and start again.