Literacy

In my final year

of high school

we had to do these tests

numeracy and literacy

 

and for the literacy test

we had to respond to

a certain theme or thing

and write about it.

 

We could write in whatever form

we liked. A story, a play, a recipe, a letter.

 

But we could never write

a poem.

 

A poem

divided judges

split panels

separated educators.

 

According to the test,

A poem

was emotional

a poem

was unreadable

a poem

was indecipherable.

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