Where You Draw the Line

From Rearrange, 2018.

Where You Draw the Line

Pull up your knee socks
the admonishment you’ve heard
since the second grade

when socks first pulled on
tight to the knee right then left
fell to the ankles

both at the same time
no waiting. As if they knew
how to aggravate

teachers and parents
fixed on symmetry. You cared
not one little bit

not a bit. You cared
if your legs ran fast. You cared
if you kicked the ball

it flew over heads
miles away to the outfield
knee socks wherever.

(each stanza 5-7-5 syllables)

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