By Donald Justice
(Alfred A. Knopf, Paperback, 9780375710544, 289pp.)
Publication Date: May 2, 2006
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School Letting Out
(Fourth or Fifth Grade)
The afternoons of going home from school
Past the young fruit trees and the winter flowers.
The schoolyard cries fading behind you then,
And small boys running to catch up, as though
It were an honor somehow to be near--
All is forgiven now, even the dogs,
Who, straining at their tethers, used to bark,
Not from anger but some secret joy.
"From the Hardcover edition.