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Spelling Lesson

Spelling lesson

was very good at spelling when at school.

the only words confounding me

were “Knowledge” and “Judgement”

and it didn’t seem worth spending study

on those two.

then one day when penning “aluminium”

in answer to the teacher’s call,

i wrote the word, then saw it

in a chart of metals on the wall.

spelt differently.

now i was sure my spelling was correct

but in faith that printed pages did not lie

i cheated and copied from the chart

only to find it had been printed

in the united states, where they do things


a lesson not forgotten

leaving me with knowledge and judgement

in which to make mistakes.