mom collects report cards
my brothers’, my sisters’, mine
there are five of us
i’m the smartest
all a’s and one b
straight o’s for outstanding
those are my report cards

mom collects the awards we get
most of them are mine
perfect attendance
student of the month
reader of the month
mathematician of the class
mom’s favorite
the principal’s award

she keeps these in a binder
and adds more
when the year ends