TESTING TIME

by

Askold Skalasky

 

Some students taking tests,

their pencils poised in semi-unison

over the answer sheets before them,

like bows about to move in the string section

of a high school orchestra.

 

They haven’t yet recognized the blankness 

of the enterprise, manualed and supervised

to the last digit on their pale green forms.

There’s a large clock standing upright

on the proctor’s desk.

 

Its wrapping stripped away,

it glares in Chaplinesque aplomb,

the little mustached hands

moving across its grinless face 

like some rotund, gesticulating dictator.

 

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More poetry from Askold Skalsky

Colloque Aux Folies Bergere
The Persistence Of Summer
Les Adieux
Gorgo*
Elephant Herds
Cows

 

Askold Skalasky is a former community college professor, whose poems have appeared in numerous small press magazines and journals, most recently in freefall and The Dos Passos Review.

~ by jwoodall on September 20, 2009.

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