Not everyone can get an 'A'

I like A’s
she tells me
with a confiding smile
becoming the ‘special student’
in the class
the 'writer'
in a flock of sheep

Ideas for a play
for stories
for an auto-
I never knew my grandmother
my mother
didn’t treat me

like a daughter
but as
one of the people she knew
My father
published a book
at his own expense
then watched it languish

when it could have
saved the world
I’d like to save the world
Me too
I’m not quite sure
how to go about it

(esp. on salary)

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