Brilliance of Eagerness

A brilliance rang in her smile,

crooked teeth, gums showing,

she smiled with no restraint –

just like the eager child in my

classroom, hands springing up

in the air soon as I pop a question.

Whether sure or not, he’d shoot up

prompt and brilliant in his participation.

She smiled like that child, owning the conversation,

like he owned the discussion about

topics entirely unknown to him.

This is her way of saying, I’m here too,

talk to me, as she cleared her throat

purposefully. Perhaps he’d be bored

in a classroom if he knew any better,

perhaps she’d have had enough now

at 70, if she’d ever heard a word.




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