Winter 2008 JBWB Poetry Competition Third Prize

Stupid Stupid

Caroline M Davies



What can I say to my small son

when he tells me school makes

him feel stupid?

That his brain doesn’t work

like the other kids.


Every morning he anxiously

checks if today

is a ‘school day’.

Face crumples

when I say yes.


I kept him at home

last Monday.

In the morning we did Maths

and writing all afternoon.

He wouldn’t stop


until he had proved

to me there could be

no doubt

that he wasn’t stupid.

Not stupid at all.

©2008 Caroline M Davis


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