500 Times

Very proud to have one of my haiku poems in the selections for the this weeks THF Haiku Dialogue!

scraping chalk nub
writing five hundred times
“no talking in class”

Al Gallia
Louisiana USA
Starting First Line

Several of my elementary school years were spent at a Catholic school in Dallas, from which many special memories still float in my mind. The common discipline administered by the black-habited nun teachers for most classroom transgressions was writing a sentence repeatedly for hundreds of times on the blackboard or notebook paper. And then erase it when finished! Yes, occasionally I was sentenced to this terrible punishment which resulted in loss of play time and cramped fingers, and a permanent impression in my memory.