Marcia J. Pradzinski, “Kindergarten 1950”

Marcia J. Pradzinski, the author of Left Behind, published by Finishing Line Press in 2015, lives in Skokie, Illinois. Her poems have been featured in print journals, anthologies, and online. Recent and forthcoming publications include Open: Journal of Arts & Letters, The Pangolin Review, and Ink In Thirds. Credit goes to her poet colleagues for helping her stay productive and accountable.

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Kindergarten 1950

black rosary beads click-clack
patrol the rows of wooden tables
Tuesday’s air raid siren screams

boys separate from the girls
the nun quick-steps to elbow-poking boys
black rosary beads click-clack

mimeographed nativity scenes
mix with the smell of waxy crayons
Tuesday’s air raid siren blares

the nun clutches her rosary beads
her eyebrows bunch and bristle
black rosary beads click-clack

she marches to my chair
drags it out scraping the floor
Tuesday’s air raid siren shrieks

you’re not a baby she yells
yanks my thumb from my mouth
black rosary beads click-clack
Tuesday’s air raid siren screams





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