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.
forests and valleys, mountains and deserts, waters narrow and wide,
the land seemed boundless.
people gathered in pockets and corners,
a fishing village edging the ocean,
communities dotting the glens,
and vibrance nestled in canyon walls.
leaders rose up, some acquiring vast swaths of nature.
tensions and conflicts were fought and settled,
the land became divided.