This poem is taken from Stand 232, 19(4) January - March 2022.

Courtney Conrad Two Poems
Yardie’s First Day

Back home, my box pleats sweep the floor. Here, my skirt must be mid-thigh.
My classmate says, I look like the Michelin Man with my padding, but Mama
seh, yuh betta wrap up and nuh ketch pneumonia. In class, my teacher asks
me to repeat four, five, six times; says, if you remain silent I will have to put
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