Yardsticks

The catapult backwards from the step onto the speckled floor
The whiff of industrial bleach used to rid them of individuality
The near-miss collisions with Reservoir Dog line-ups
that swept the corridors banishing question marks and commas
The repetition of numerical formulae ricocheting away
The iconography lining the interior walls of a 10-year old
The two times two she was suspended
for hiding in the Grotto with back
to the Hail Mary who refused to meet her gaze
before whom she was made kneel
The Decade of the Rosary that fled her lips
to make way for kisses and a re-working of
the Ten Commandments to her own satisfaction.