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Place Value
by Scott Stodola

This morning I will teach them arithmetic.
I will have numbers
and processes in my mind.
It will seem simple
but it will not be because
today is the first rain
after many dry days
and we will all be outside,
even in our seats.
Reconstituting and relaxing notions
of seasons going and coming
will seep in around problems of numeration.
The showers are tentative
but the whole sky is again cool gray
and we will revel in it all because
this is where we live and who we are.
Perhaps today we will learn much
about place value.


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