all that high school jazz
I put on Jhamal
Parker
Shearing Garner Brubeck
Roach Davis
Desmond and more

Geometry, US History,
American Lit took on
new meaning -
not that the teachers
ever knew

spread out across beige carpet
books papers pens pencils and
me
(there's a black and white
photo - "homework relief on
living room floor")
stereo speakers either side
insuring a smooth ride
alone

no grade for this


© August 1998 Leslye Layne Russell

This poem was published in the
Spring 1999 issue of In the Grove and the
September 1998 issue of One Dog Press.


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