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In third grade he was in pitched battle
with eberyone of them.
He charged ike a bull
through the corridors
of P.S. 70ty
getting top grades
becoming monitors' aid
reaching first group
made president of the class
and sent to argue
with the principal of the school
All meaning
in this early
dawn run
His fighting
spirit remained
Even when he was
tired and worn-out
he wouldn't put
his head down
like that
kid shmuelewitz
who dreamt his way
through 3rd grade.

Irwin R. Shaw - February 1st 1987