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Piloting the Pitfalls

How will you do it….

save all these

young disciples

with three-word vocabularies

voices forever impaired?

They strike at trees

that scratch back

with brittle branches.

Should they spend their time

deciphering the scrawl

of dead poets,

plotting the elevation and depression

of angles?

Really, would you rather

they compute instead of sketching

circles in dead air?

The staircase stops short

littered from a field

of acronyms.

I am like an English driver

walking an American hallway

on the left side

directly in the path of traffic.

They laugh at

wasted hours

sing anthems to shattered stars

opting to

fly blind through

tainted galaxies.



15 thoughts on “Piloting the Pitfalls

  1. An English driver walking an American hallway… an apt description of how it must feel to be a teacher in today’s world. Flying blind through tainted galaxies is equally true, both literally and metaphorically. You may be a relic, Lana, but you’ve still got it. 🙂

    • I afraid I am a bit relicky, Joan 😀 I am regularly “schooled” by younger disciples though. I’ve learned that you don’t need a brother to have bros, that “I got you” is a term of endearment, and “Cash me outside” doesn’t have a thing to do with money. My 19 year old son also helps me decipher code.
      The hard part is working with those who have no support system, no goals, no values, etc. They have a tough awakening out in the big, spinning world. I’m glad I’ve got your vote of confidence that I still have it 😀

  2. Lana, this is beautiful! It is a precious gift to try and give the young the tools to navigate this world, to see with their souls, to be able to create, read, paint, sing…without the vocabulary one is lost, I feel.This is a lovely flowing poem with deft touches:

    ‘The staircase stops short

    littered from a field

    of acronyms.’

    • Thank you so much, Annika. It is definitely a worthwhile pursuit and one I take seriously. The line about the staircase is in reference to the book, “Up the Down Staircase” by Bel Kaufman. You might enjoy that book if you are looking for new reading material. In America, our education system is full of acronyms, hence the reference there. I hope you have had a lovely Mother’s Day weekend!

      • Acronyms seem to be the scourge of modern life, in business, education, health service…they become so embedded in the psyche sometimes they seem like words in their own right! The book looks very interesting and thank you for the recommendation…on my like list and probably one for Sweden in the summer!

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