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The Golden Ruler

Posted in Blog, education, Poetry, writing with tags , , , , , , , on June 5, 2009 by dustus

Once upon a time
In a world begun by cliché
The Sisters of St. Mary’s
Taught me precisely how to be afraid

Sitting in class or when enjoying the playground
Were instructed to pause, say a prayer each time
Police, ambulance, and fire sirens sound

Expecting the worst in tense moments
It was all never good enough
Minor infractions deserved severest punishment
The Golden Ruler administered
Perhaps possessed of deserving lashes
Fury spewed from an old virgin bride
Supposedly promoted by Jesus Christ,
Who was saving us
Wimple worn and full of scorn
Such a humiliating experience inside
Classroom prison, not the mission
Bruised into submission
Especially when spanked on end
Ruler’s medieval metallic gleaming edge
Could cut curiously natural imperfect children
Beaten into confession that one is a bad kid
“To toughen you up”
Made us feel guilty
Not wanting to be us
Feeling filthy

Those nuns of course
Lived by holy orders
I also have no stomach for
Secular parents abusing their sons and daughters