Draw a line in the sand.
Don’t cross it. Color inside
only, and only in the most
muted of tones. Show ID.
Please keep all limbs and
appendages inside the
vehicle. Control all spon
-taneous laughter. A proper
level of decorum must be
maintained at all times. When
you’ve had it up to here, secure
the perimeter and batten down
a hatch or two, paying particular
attention to not getting finger
-prints on glass ceiling.
Don’t grasp at first or last
straws, or allow them anywhere near
that camel over there. Use sunscreen.
Question authority. Because we said so.
(Did you bring your number 2 pencil?)

Oops. Time’s up.



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15 Responses to Demarcation

  1. brian miller says:

    i may have broken every one of those rules in my day…ha

  2. Oops time’s up…..:-)

  3. wcg1670 says:

    limits placed – confuse
    erased – freedom
    as we taste ourselves
    limitless….swift reminders in your words here

    Thank you

    Peace ☮

  4. Peggy Goetz says:

    I love that I too felt like I had ignored almost all those rules…Boundaries are such limiting things! Thanks for posting at Poetry Jam. I am so enjoying seeing where people take this prompt.

  5. Hahaha! You so captured our rules-filled lives.

  6. Janaki Nagaraj says:

    Love breaking rules…:-)

  7. Mary says:

    Your poem definitely shows the foolishness of many rules, but how we let them rule us without question (because they said so). Thought-provoking! Thanks for doing Poetry Jam, and I hope you will read my contribution:

  8. markwindham says:

    So many contrast weaved expertly together. Like this one a lot.

  9. whimsygizmo says:

    Thank you all, so much. 🙂

  10. Helen says:

    This is wonderful … smiled through the first read and read again for more smiles!!

  11. shanyns says:

    This is the best I’ve read today, I love it! Your break in spontaneous was genius! And ending with the test…perfect! Should be art on a wall to remind us of the absurdities we call ‘life’! Just can’t stop smiling!

  12. Heaven says:

    Very nice…I am reminded of all the lines and boundaries we are not supposed to cross…yet sometimes we have too ~

    My share:

  13. booguloo says:

    Put down your pencils.

  14. Brianna says:

    This poem is super engaging, I really enjoyed reading it. The instructional format and the standardized testing feel is cool when integrated with some of the more whimsical or silly directions. Plus it’s definitely something everyone can relate to! :^)

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