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John C. Mannone: Elementary Classes

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Art by John C. Mannone 2023

Elementary Classes

 

by John C. Mannone

 

I was looking for a bus, train, or a plane to take

a picture of for a basic photography class when

a row of buses popped into view as in a photo-

shoot for a magazine cover, glossy in the after rain,

gleaming lead-chromate-yellow; parked on asphalt

puddles reflecting the end of the day—fire red sky

from a setting sun; wisps of steamy mist hovering.

 

It’s summer, but some kids won’t be swimming

or picnicking. But no more bullies, or homework,

no more detention, or recess, no more teachers

or overprotective parents. These children were

sadly expelled from their classrooms because

of gunmen-boys who cut them short, too short

to ever reach the school bus steps again. Now,

 

the gray-green leather seats remain empty

but for the quiet ghosts of children resting

in the liminal shadows.

 

 

In memory of the children lost to gun violence at Sandy Hook, Rancho Tehama, Robb Elementary schools, and many others since Columbine.

 

 

 

John C. Mannone has poems in Windhover, North Dakota Quarterly, Poetry South, Baltimore Review, and others. Winner/Nominee of numerous contests/awards, John edits poetry for Abyss & Apex and other journals. He’s a physics and chemistry professor at Alice lloyd College in Kentucky.

 

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In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2023