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the education of norma

the education of norma

she’s too brass tacks banged into the head
but there’s something else
seen over coffee
a stifled creative thrust
which if allowed to fly free
would shatter the basis of everything

you see it peel the curtain aside
in stories of school mistresses
redolent with tapioca topped with jam
and cold backsides
in coal-tarred outhouses

she just wants to be heard
wants that fire
 instilled in her daughters
to somehow reflect upon herself

but she’s too brass tacks