I dreamed
I stood up in class
And I said aloud:

Teacher, 
Why is algebra important?

Sit down, he said.

Then I dreamed
I stood up
And I said:

Teacher, I’m weary of the turkeys
That we have to draw every fall.
May I draw a fox instead?

Sit down, he said.

Then I dreamed
I stood up once more and said:

Teacher, 
My heart is falling asleep
And it wants to wake up. 
It needs to be outside.

Sit down, he said.” 


~Mary Oliver, Swan

 


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