Algebra: let’s learn less about the functions of trigonometry
and more about writing a check, filing taxes,
and breaking down the economy.
Biology: the strongest aren’t the only ones to survive,
nor the smartest. So we adapt to change and crime
to live life beyond the limit and love it.
Penmanship: write Egypt 10,000 times in cursive as punishment.
No recess or after-school events. These consequences
will prepare your signature for future court-appointed documents.
Trade school: hairdressers, electricians, beauticians,
develop skills for brighter tomorrows. Thanks to vocational
schools for showing us we not only succeed, but are beautiful.
Donald Vincent is an emerging poet with an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. His poems deal with the will and perseverance of human nature. They discuss race, political and cultural commentary, relationships, love and loss. When we succeed, we forget things; in bad times, we forget things. These poems hope to illustrate just that.