April 8: Overheard

by allisonkujiraoka

Overheard in the classroom

Exasperated students think aloud

Jokes go flying

Good-hearted jibing

Then a hush while listening

for the quiet one’s offering.

Overheard in the classroom

Nervous greetings

Tired pleadings

Kids who aren’t ready yet

Jockeying for position

Who’ll be brain, clown, coquette?

Overheard in the classroom

Personalities poking through

The forming collective whole

Striving to stand out

A few decline to join the clan

Another few desire it, but just can’t.