The classroom crackles with anticipation:

thirty hearts pound,

as thirty  pairs of eyes watch the Teacher.

All await the inevitable.

Suddenly, on loud command,

books snap shut,

papers rustle,

pens click in readiness

for the promised test.

All the arrogant unprepared

tremble in terror

while the diligent

delight that the hour has come —

the hour of triumph has finally come.

(Appeared in Connection, a Weatherford College newsletter, on October 27, 2004)

** Kim Kathleen Terry **

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