if you give a kid an out, he’ll take it,
retreating to windowed spaces where
he can color his anger red, green, and purple—
those are the colors they tell him angry is.
if he mixes them together, they’ll be black—
an intelligent response!
several hullahoops later,
we’ll give a sticker
to the doggie in the window.
About the Author
Rhonda Mino-Melanson graduated from Queen's University's Artist In The Community Education Program where she specialized in creative writing. She has been published in several print and online journals including Wordletting, Regina Weese, Boxcar Poetry Review, Dance to Death, and Cerulean Rain. She is an elementary school teacher who works in Sarnia, ON.