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,
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 **