• English 12, English 9, & AP Language and Composition

     

     

     

    Calvin  

     

    Did I Miss Anything?
    by Tom Wayman


    Nothing. When we realized you weren’t here
    we sat with our hands folded on our desks
    in silence, for the full two hours.

    Everything. I gave an exam worth
    40 percent of the grade for this term
    and assigned some reading due today
    on which I’m about to hand out a quiz
    worth 50 percent.

    Nothing. None of the content of this course
    has value or meaning
    Take as many days off as you like:
    any activities we undertake as a class
    I assure you will not matter either to you or me
    and are without purpose.

    Everything. A few minutes after we began last time
    a shaft of light suddenly descended and an angel
    or other heavenly being appeared
    and revealed to us what each woman or man must do
    to attain divine wisdom in this life and
    the hereafter
    This is the last time the class will meet
    before we disperse to bring the good news to all people
    on earth.

    Nothing. When you are not present
    how could something significant occur?

    Everything. Contained in this classroom
    is a microcosm of human experience
    assembled for you to query and examine and ponder.
    This is not the only place such an opportunity has been
    gathered
    but it was one place
    And you weren’t here.

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