Teaching used to be in the school house, everybody’s business,
but now it’s in the computer, only the business of my fingertips.
Teaching used to wear long skirts and high-button shoes,
but now teaching wears tie dyes and has dreadlocks with shells and feathers in her hair.
Teaching used to trace characters in the air,
but now characters come from movies.
Teaching used to rely only on phonetic devices,
b-b-but n-n-now we text and spelling don’t matter.
Teaching used to be about preserving and polishing the mausoleum of memory,
but now it’s about creating one’s own temple, however it may look.
Carol, Emily, Eva, Sarah, Virginia
used to, but now pass around poems
January 12, 2012
Innisfree Poetry Bookstore