The Day the Experts Came to School {a #poem}

Some days I love being an Elementary Guest Teacher.  Some days not so much. 
Today was one of those days.  
 
They are dissecting the stories
deciding the children should ‘level’ 
their love of literature,
as if they could explode the
mystery of words and flatten it,
equalize the field of flowers that are
pictures, implode the language,
flatline the cadence and 
diagnose the wonder.
They have instead
rendered the reading lifeless,
without oxygen, no heartbeat
sucked the air out of the room
and killed all the joy.
The patients are barely
breathing.
 
“Leveled” indeed.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~

In all fairness, there ARE days where the magic happens. Here’s a link to something I wrote about this summer using Tania Runyan’s book “How to Read a Poem”.

Sharing is caring!

One thought on “The Day the Experts Came to School {a #poem}

  1. Jody, this is so well written! One of my favorites of yours…though sad this is happening!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.