My task: to take the black felt erasers
outside and clap them together,
obliterating the carefully formed o's
and curly cues of l's and y's
in chalk clouds above my head,
leaving my braids
and the front of my jumper white
with math problems
and history lessons.
We dipped our pens in the inkwells
little cursive hills and valleys.
My desk was filled with carved initials.
In the corner, MK loved DS, embedded so deep
in the middle of a heart it seemed
love's survival was certain.
I longed to mark,"BK was here".
Remember me, four-year-old believer
in fairy tales. Remember
me in the cobwebs, in the school-bell
ringing its joy from the pull of a rope.
In the tall mustard
and rust of the swing-set.
—Elizabeth Kirkpatrick-Vrenios' award winning chapbook, Special Delivery, was published in 2016. She has poems published in various anthologies and journals including Stories of Music, Love Notes from Humanity, Poeming Pidgeon, Passager, NILVX, Unsplendid, and the American Journal of Poetry, and was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is a Professor Emerita from American University, artistic director of the Redwoods Opera in Mendocino, California, a member of international Who’s Who of Musicians, and is past National President of the National Opera Association. She has spent much of her life performing as a singing artist across Europe and the United States.