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  • I learned about direct objects
    in dissected sentences,
    grammar’s entrails exposed
    for analysis and evaluation,
    every part and participle
    individually underscored in black and white.
    (Simple past)

    My efforts, always scored in red, with
    comments, circled, indicating the score I might have gotten
    (Past conditional)
    If I had considered studying,
    forgone weed
    forsworn dreams.
    (Future imperfect)

    Now, I find grammar's objects
    more elusive.
    Consider a love poem,
    whose object, direct
    though unspecified,
    might encompass
    (future unpredicated?)
    all love’s vectors; equally
    to a lover,
    to a child,
    to a father,
    a mother,
    a god.

    I am left to wonder
    what marks my teacher would bestow
    on me,
    a much rapt pupil.

    Present unconditional.
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