"Yes, hello teacher, I hope your summer's been fine.
No, I did not find the homework to be all that challenging."
I'll try to make pleasant conversation
as I sit here on my knees, uncomfortably watching
as you take a ruler to my skirt to measure the increments of space between the hem
and my kneecap.
I'll try to ignore the fact that
you are a male adult, an educator with a wedding band on the third finger of your left hand
and you are the one who noticed the length of my "scandalous attire".
I'll try not to yell and say
my assigned seat in your class places me in between two boys
who were both attentively taking notes and were interrupted by, no, not my skirt,
but your unnessary "Excuse me? May I see you in the hallway?".
I'll try to suppress my very own