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Sunday at dinner, 

Ben talks of Ms.Vader, 

one of the second-grade teachers. 

I hope her first name isn’t Darth. 

Dad scores a few chuckles. 

Emma, proud kindergartener, 

looks up at her brother. 

Her name is Ella, 

Ella Vader. 

From deep in her belly, 

a long, satisfied giggle. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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