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First Line: Now we will conjugate the verb 'to go','
Last Line: Would tear a wound apart like keen-edged swords?
Subject(s): Teaching & Teachers


"Now we will conjugate the verb 'to go',". . .
His faded eyes grew lambent with a look
Of seeing distances; an eager glow
Lighted the narrow face above the book.
To go down endless roads! To feel the swell
Of waves beneath a ship! To lean his weight
Against strange winds! Like wine, an ancient spell,
Cast by some gypsy, stirred his blood too late.
"You go, they go" . . . but never he might find
The untried paths. Each day rebellious feet
Must lead him always to these desks, aligned
In anchored rows by a familiar street.
How could these children know that two small words
Would tear a wound apart like keen-edged swords?





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