The Learning Curve

Alyssa Ferguson
ILLUMINATION
Published in
Jun 15, 2023

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Photo by Leonardo Cardozo Ferreira on Unsplash

I thought I had learned it —
the edge of human decency,
where the claws come out,
and understanding shudders into fragments.

It isn’t here, that station
where the trainman says, “Last stop;
everybody out.”
It was actually behind me, in the distance.

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Alyssa Ferguson
ILLUMINATION

Born and raised in a literary household, I write to clarify my own questions.