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THE ARCHIVES: Chapter 21

Sophomores

Sophomore
means wise fool
in Greek,
implying that we should know
something about real life by now.
We’re still not
as “wise”
as the seniors.
In the middle of Spanish class,
caught between
yo hablo español,
tu comes los tacos,
and learning the date,
es el veinticinco de octubre
en el año dos mil dos
,
I heard the seniors in the hall,
going to an assembly
about applying to college.
They’re just as foolish as us—
flicking paper footballs around,
snapping girls’ bra straps,
slapping the lockers as they walk past—
How do you say
still fools
in Spanish?

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