I wrote: STUPID

 

like a banner above your

sixth grade photo and

tossed it into my annually

increasing collection

 

only to forget what you

did to warrant this

deeply etched indigo

over your head.

 

Why I had christened

you my sole, secret

victim, or even why

I held onto your

 

desecrated likeness,

I could not recall when

my daughter, laughing,

spied it in the heap.

 

After you were

elected Sheriff

of LawrenceCounty,

you said to me,

 

What I remember

most about you is

how I envied your

beautiful penmanship.

– Mary E. Kocher

 

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