I sat in Spanish class
after finding something else
to add to my collection:
a note written
entirely in Spanish.
I was pretty sure it wasn’t schoolwork
(the words were too advanced),
so during class, when I should have been paying attention,
I tried to translate it.
I got so involved in what I was doing,
I was mumbling to myself,
thinking no one could hear me
until the senior who sat in front of me
turned around so fast he scared me and said,
“Will you shut the fuck up?”
His irritation stunned me into silence.
So I took my translation elsewhere.