School policy on stickmen by Sam Hunt
It’s said that children should not use
stick figures when they draw.
And yet I’ve lain all night awake
looking at this drawing here
of orange men, stick figures every one of them,
walking up a crayon mountain hand in hand
walking up my wall.
They’re edging up a ridge
their backs against the mountain
pinned against my wall.
And every one is smiling.
They know the way a mountain laughs,
especially crayon mountains made of brown.
They know they’re not allowed,
these orange men.