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THE ARCHIVES: Chapter 12

Song Lyrics

Under my desk
during Spanish class
were three things:
1. A quiz.
2. A list of mainstream songs.
3. Lyrics to a song.
The handwriting
was androgynous.
The quiz bore
a red, scribbled 69.
The song list included
Kelis, Fuel,
Nickelback…
But the lyrics
were not from any
band or song I had ever heard.
The song was a fragile
confession of love.
I tried to memorize
as many of the lyrics as I could
but decided to take the papers,
crumple them,
shove them into my pocket,
walk away like a petty thief
when class ended,
then pretend I knew nothing.

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