“Ghost stories written…” by Charles Simic

“Ghost stories written…”
Charles Simic
     Ghost stories written as algebraic equations.
Little Emily at the blackboard is very frightened.
The X’s look like a graveyard at night. The teacher
wants her to poke among them with a piece of
chalk. All the children hold their breath. The white
chalk squeaks once among the plus and minus
signs, and then it’s quiet again.

~ by samofthetenthousandthings on July 17, 2020.

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