The Ledger

The ledger, undated,
But probably from the forties
Records the recitation program
For one A.D. Dabney,
Who in second grade
Was memorizing verse
And performing an oratory
That would speak
To a fulfilling life.

The pages are faded,
The handwriting worn,
Rusted paper clips
Holding notes with stylish cursive writing that
Spell out the poems
To be spoken to an audience
By a youngster
Barely old enough
To read.

Who could have known this book,
Reconciling the practice schedule
Of some elementary school task,
Would record the formative years for
This young boy and
Serve as a foretelling of his grace
As a husband,
As a father,
And as a man.

IMG_0981
All rights reserved-Chris Hancock

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s