Iowa Writes

7th Period Español

I sit here in class pretending to know what the word attención means. She rambles

on in Spanish, most likely about something unimportant. I spend the class

watching the clock, that's all I ever do. . .the bell's about to ring, finally. O wait

Attención means pay attention? O well, too late.

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This poem was selected for the 2009 Poetry in Public project, sponsored by the Iowa City Public Art Program. Now in its seventh year, Poetry in Public displays poems by local writers of all ages in Iowa City buses, downtown kiosks, and select public buildings from April (National Poetry Month) through the fall. The writer is currently in eighth grade at South East Junior High.

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