Too Quiet: New Orleans, 1957

In the picture we sit


Row upon straight row

Hands folded on the desk tops


Uniformed, combed, clean


And white

All white

Watched over by Sister

Standing in her habit

Only her face visible

Hands folded inside her habit


All girls

The boys

Starting in sixth grade

Went to a different school

We imagined them rowdy



Not quiet

Just a few short years later

Ruby walked into school


Between two US Marshalls

And all hell broke lose.

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