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I find myself thinking
As I stroll down the hallway
The students bring scenes of jungle chaos to my mind
Students fight ’til the death
A teacher scrambles
Picks up pencils, grading book, car keys, coffee mug
Half full of scalding liquid
Gets bumped by a student
Student runs away, catching up with his friends
Doesn’t offer a hand, or even condolences
Teacher looks onward
From her sad eyes
Tears form in the corners
Teacher stays kneeling
The floor digs into the knees, leaving an impression
Coffee drips from the rim of the mug
Red, black, blue, white shoes flee the scene
Drip Drip Drip
Teacher bursts into tears
Gets up off the floor
Leaves the building
Strolls down the walkway

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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Missundrstoodx2 said...
Jan. 2, 2012 at 2:29 am
This reminds me of a teacher at my school...not the helplessness or weakness...but the strain of the teacher's mind that is always overlooked. the benefit of the doubt always seems upon the student's shoulders, and though life is so so difficult for most, teacher's are humans too. this provides a necessary, brave perspective, and makes me hate that jungle gym of a place that I have rough memories of. Regardless, this is relatable, and I appreciate that
 
shoogy said...
Feb. 20, 2009 at 10:27 pm
omg thats true we help pepole who dont want to be helped.But we cant help the pepole who do want to be helped.
 
kelz123 said...
Nov. 18, 2008 at 6:46 pm
Pretty Darn Good!!!
 
nightrain101 said...
Oct. 15, 2008 at 10:52 pm
wow! that was a very good poem. i liked it alot. i am trying to write a poem too, but i don't think it'll be as good as your's! keep up the good work!
 
_crazyemma said...
Sept. 22, 2008 at 1:02 am
i love this poem! it is so true how we never help when someone really needs it! great work! :D
 
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