History Test

She had a history
test that morning.
She thought it was dumb to memorize
names and dates and battles.
She didn’t understand
that whoever killed the most
people won.

But she was a
good student
and so she memorized
names
dates
battles
and left for school.
She started to toss her bookbag
over her shoulder
in that way children do.
That’s what the shadow shows
on the wall of her house
August 6, 1945.
Someone won.

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