music – period 5, monday.

we saw a cello for the first time.

we all crossed our arms and

tugged our shirts around us a little tighter

when we noticed that it had hips like ours.


physics – period 3, wednesday.

we learned the constellations from a textbook, and then

quickly unlearned them. we realized that

the burning red flecks of adolescence on our cheeks

and foreheads were stars too.


biology – period 1, friday.

we were taught that our bodies are machines.

as a dozen carefully assembled networks

of veins, nerves, hormones and muscles,

we exhaled as we realised

that every single fiber of our beings

had a purpose.

By Cia M