The English Classroom


Little girl sleeping

Her ruby cheeks are the colour of innocence

And small tufts of eyelashes peer out

Like strands of grass in a meadow

And a small, scruffy teddy bear

Is tucked beneath her arm

Its little head poked out

Button eyes sowed into pink skin

And a puckered nose coated in swede

As the girl sleeps, the teddy bear continues to smile

A single line tattooed into ruffled material

And when the sun rises from dusk

A steady cigarette burn will roast the sky

And when the girl awakens

She will follow her friend out into the world

Both sharing a smile

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