Remote Learning

Today I made sure everyone could hear me
Then I asked for a little help
With this fuzzy math problem:

How long did it take Shakespeare to spell
Nonsense in a hot bowl of alphabet soup
Count three hares on a rabbit’s foot
And kiss his lucky ass goodbye?

Then because it’s my God-given right
To deny the separation of Church and State
I explained Genesis to my baroque music teacher
A Peter Gabriel fan
Like he’s a child.

Then with two unnumbered pencils
I composed a five-syllable essay
Describing how it felt
To slide with my absent father
Down bamboo chutes and ladders
In the blink of an eye.

Then I enjoyed a game of freeze tag
Alone
Inside.