Our homework assignment was simply to write down
the capitals for every state.
I wrote down MONTANA, NEW YORK, INDIANA.
I thought I was doing just great.
I wrote down ALASKA, WYOMING, NEBRASKA,
VIRGINIA, VERMONT, SOUTH DAKOTA.
I also wrote MARYLAND, UTAH, RHODE ISLAND,
CONNECTICUT, MAINE, MINNESOTA.
I wrote down all fifty, and just to make certain,
I checked them and then double-checked them.
I handed them in with the rest of the class
for the teacher to go and correct them.
I guess I must not have been paying attention,
or maybe I’m just a bit deaf.
Whatever the reason, I misunderstood,
and so I got a capital F.
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