in honour of women who run
between ancient stone walls,
along curving seaside paths,
beneath branches of pine, maple, birch,
under expansive prairie skies -
to celebrate, honour,
to remember, mourn -
at seventeen, her residential summer job was forty-five minutes away; the moon.
forty minutes too far.
just like her town, ten minutes from the district high school;
five minutes too far;
who’d travel such a distance?
can you imagine a commute that long everyday?
Onetown has all the schools in the school district -
but it wasn’t always that way.
Onetown always had all school levels,
but the two Other towns used to have elementary schools of their own.
many years passed until only one Other town had a school remaining.
“what if we make it a district-wide Kindergarten school?”
so that’s what the district did.