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.

All rights reserved-Chris Hancock

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