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