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First Grade Feminist

A poem

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February 11, 2019
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you were the bravest boy                                you were the sweetest boy
at recess and                                                     on the *M*A*S*H* lists and

                                           everybody knew it

mud-stained keds                                            glitter gel pens
would fall in line                                              would scratch a line
behind yours, knuckles tight                         through mansions and Paris

around birchwood branches,                         without a thought,
ready to follow you                                          but they’d hesitate when
into any battle                                                  nearing your name

at your charge                                                   you never made it
every boy                                                           on my list
became a knight                                               until the day

every passing cloud                                         you refused
a fiery beast                                                       to rescue willowy girls
Excalibur hidden in                                         and handed to me

                                        a birchwood branch 

Laura Kauffman
Laura Kauffman, MA is the author of Carolina Clay: A Collection of Poems on Love and Loss. She writes from the Loess Hills of Iowa, where she lives with her three sons, four pets, 15 chickens, and one husband, Chris.  You can follow her on Twitter @laura_kauff.

Cover photo by Amanda Belec.

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