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Thursday, June 12, 2014 12:01 am

ingenuity story #1

 ingenuity story #1

back in the days of old-fashioned devices
a huge group picture at a Y camp the
photographer’s camera would sweep
the crowd so that one end was recorded
before the other well there was this kid
who stood on the beginning end of the line
as soon as the shutter clicked ran like hell
behind everyone to stand at the other end
thereby appearing twice in the same photo
grinning of course why do I tell you this
it reminds me somehow of a student at the
start of SSU he cased the school a few days
returned at the start of the second quarter
signed up for enough classes to complete
a degree in one term paying one fee his
schedule was a miracle grid he attended
all classes took all exams met all deadlines
postponed all papers took all incompletes
then at his leisure finished off his work
got his non-credits changed to grades
and graduated you can bet the university
closed that loophole in a hurry you were
now forbid to take more than 16 hours
without permission of your advisor I’ve
sometimes wondered what’s happened
to both those kids I’m sure they’ve gone
far not by illegalities but by their ability
to leap into unimagined opportunities

©2014 Jacqueline Jackson

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