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chalk

I wrote my name on the blackboard
B - E - N
I wrote with chalk in large
sloppy letters
they said they were proud
of me
And in the same breath
erased
my name
The chalk which was
my name
fell softly down to the little
ledge at the bottom
where it gathered as dust
the rest was caught
in the eraser
and then clapped
outside My name was
then floating through
the air
being breathed in
by people
who would never
know me
That's all my name is
chalk
chalk just waiting to be
erased.
 

Ben Hewitt

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