Today’s poetry challenge from Writer’s Digest is to write a poem about some sort of infestation. Looking over some of the selections from earlier this morning, I find the usual infestations of insects and love/obsessions, plus some rather inventive ideas about infestations. Mine isn’t so much inventive, perhaps, as it is timely. This is about an infestation that is all too common in our schools.
Category Archives: student
April 15, 2013 · 11:50 am
Poem-A-Day for April 15
Filed under classroom, education, education, Gun violence, Poetry, Quick takes, student, writing
Tagged as copycat, hoax, prank, school, school shootings, shootings, threats
April 10, 2013 · 10:36 am
Poem for April 10
For today’s prompt, Robert Lee Brewer at Writer’s Digest challenges readers to write a suffering poem. “A person or animal in the poem could be suffering,” Brewer writes. Or, he adds, “The poem itself could be suffering.”
Here’s my response:
Homework assignmentShe came to class today, hat pulled low over her ears. He pulled her hair out in clumps, she says. She should never have gone out with him, she says, When she had a paper due about global food injustice. She should have known better. This is not the first time it’s happened. It’s been a pattern since her earliest days; Men coming in and out of her life like so many jackals stalking their prey, Waiting for some small unguarded moment that will allow them To seize the opportunity. She doesn’t say it, perhaps doesn’t see it, Perhaps is hoping against hope that someone else, finally, will see it. There is another kind of injustice playing out here; Something else she could write a paper on, That is much more pressing than the human-rights abuses Committed by faceless corporations against nameless multitudes. This is a tyranny that is hers alone to explore, And I will be asking her to walk across a field of broken glass That lies deep within her own soul, To embark on a treacherous journey That no one ever volunteers to undertake, And whose destination is far from certain. Write me a paper, I tell her, In which you tell me what you already know, But no one has been willing to hear you say. Tell me, I say, Because so many have said everything is all your fault, And you know and I know that it’s not, Tell me all the reasons why not. I’m listening. I believe you. And in her eyes, terror and hope. Her journey begins.
Filed under academia, compassion, crying, education, Poetry, Quick takes, Rape, student, tears, Uncategorized, writing
Tagged as misogyny, National Poetry Month, poem, Poem-A-Day, poetry, rape, Robert Lee Brewer, Writer's Digest