word-poem://Enola Gay

The Enola Gay

was named after the pilot’s mother.
How could I have missed that?

In conversation or the classroom,
things we don’t know embarrass us;
we don’t wish to admit ignorance,
so we nod and move on.

I can’t write about
what I can’t remember
don’t know
or was never taught.
In this way, the paper bird
outbids the hawk.

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