The boy
RL Raymond

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scared by the ball

dives awkwardly

across the field

his fall softened

by the dandelions

 

he asks his mother

if she is upset

and in the same breath

why his knees are yellow

 

she looks away

to the other children

playing and laughing

 

she tells him simply

that he is a coward