Primary Lessons
New primary school curriculum
lots of biology lessons.
Last week we dissected spinal columns
24 true, 9 false vertebrae.
Cicadas, he said, so many of them come out
at the same time that all the birds eating 
them get full and leave the rest alone.
"Predator satiation," my teacher explained.
A defense mechanism.
Doesn't work with all predators, I guess.
Today they opened my teacher's throat
for all to see. The whole school was
commanded to come out at the same time.
All the guns shooting us never stopped.
Play dead.
- Suzanne Coley

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