11 years old and new to my class,
Each one filled out the sheet:
Brothers & sisters? Cats & dogs?
What do you like to eat?
What’s your favourite subject?
What subject don’t you like?
Do you come to school by car or bus,
Do you walk or come on your bike?
And then a few descriptive bits
Designed to give me a clue;
Colour of eyes and approximate height
So I could figure who’s who.
Then long or short? Curly or straight?
(Descriptors for their hair)
Some wrote black or brown or medium
Some wrote blond or fair -
But Sam wrote “golden ginger”
With a hint of defiant pride;
Her exultant crowning glory
Brushed petty taunts aside.
This freckled, sylph-like slip of a girl
Was not to jeers beholden:
She revelled in her orange-ness
And I always called her “Golden”