Matthew Gillis

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The Student Becomes The Teacher

The Student Becomes the Teacher

Coming back from the store
my father stepped out of the car first, and I followed.
He cleared his throat and spit on the ground, unknowingly.
I tried to do the same, a thin line ran down my shirt
and I made a mimicking, spitting sound.

He reprimanded me immediately,
saying that spitting was inappropriate.
It was rude and should never be done in public.
Feeling guilt, I looked at the ground.

Seeing my shoestrings dangle about the tar
I looked at the spot where he had spit
Then back up at him in ...

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