English Assignment


By John Davis Frain

Did Hemingway start it? Who cares? It’s my favorite English assignment. Saves time. Easy grading. I pretend it’s legit.

Begin with my lazy student, always late for class.
For sale. Baby mittens. Never worn.
F for borderline plagiarism.

See what the shy kid tries to say.
Patty. Never fit. New choice. Patrick!
Explains a lot.

How about my biker chick, mad at the world.
Special delivery. Surprise! Happy Father’s Day.
Mental note: Don’t flirt with her. (Hey, six words!)

What about the scary new kid, front row?
Dear Dishonest Teacher: Karma’s a bitch.
Remember to sign his drop slip.


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