The Alchemy of Worse Alternatives
The kids in the alternative school
are mad because Bill the Director
won’t let them
explore storm sewers,
so they write BITE ME, SHUT UP,
and DIE BILL on the walls
in colored chalk, and draw Bill
with a bullet hole in his head.
“Make the blood look real,”
one of them says.
Then a teacher laughs, “Hey
you want a sewer, we could
send you back to Main Campus.”
So the bullet hole gets
covered by a hat, DIE BILL
becomes a green cat, someone
hides BITE ME in flowers,
and SHUT UP becomes a big
fat peach in which nestles the moon
holding in her arms the sun.
(C) 2006 by Rick Stansberger, published in Expelling Trelnitz, TJMF Publishing, 2007.