Very Good Work


(a work in progress)

All I recall
of the classrooms
is being small
and sky
through giant windows
and giant trees outside
and a ban
on chatter.

All I recall
of school reports
is “Rachel could do better”
(how did they presume
to know?)
and “Rachel
talks too much.”

When I found
those old reports
all I saw
was “Captain of the B Team”
and “very good
very good very good.”
Why didn’t anybody

poem by rachel mcalpine CC BY 2.0 photo of Christchurch Girls High School old building in public domain


Jerome at the gym
said yesterday
I saw a little old lady
crossing the street
with her shopping trolley
and then I thought
that’s not a little old lady
that’s Rachel…
that was Jerome
at the gym
you know
the trainer

Pic and poem by rachel mcalpine