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.
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.