by Tracy Vaughn Zimmer
from STEADY HANDS: POEMS ABOUT WORK
the teacher's tasks:
creating bulletin-board displays
writing challenging tests
preparing perfect lessons
instructing, demonstrating, explaining.
But not everyone knows
the teacher's secret torments:
a lesson that knotted understanding
a bright kid who refuses to be inspired
flames of words thrown in frustration --
to haul home
than the papers, projects, and lessons
bulging out of her bag.
I dedicate this poem to all the teachers who are finishing up the school year, completing final assessments, recording data, working on report cards, and going to camp (that would be me and my team yesterday and today). Thank you to Tracy Vaughn Zimmer who got our job right in her poem.
The Poetry Friday Round Up today is at Susan Writes.