Writing in large letters on the blackboard,
The teacher spelled out what she wanted
To be called. Mrs. Ailey with an e and a y
If you please. Any questions, she asked,
And twenty-two hands, all female, shot up. Why
Do they call it pregnant, when all it looks
Like is she’s fat? It means she’ll soon
Have a baby. Now open your books
To page eighty. But please, missus,
Tell us how it comes out. Head first?
I’ll tell you this, it takes more than kisses.
It takes blood, sweat, and tears.
How long, Mrs. Ailey, with an e and a y,
Will you be our teacher? How many years?
As long as it takes. We don’t know
Much, because all Miss Hopkins ever talked
About is how bad she hurts. She showed
Us where too. That, my dears,
Is about to change, I assure you.
All will be revealed, have no fears.
Now let’s get on with it.