lenten journal: report card


    I feel least like a teacher when I
    turn in the grades and distill the
    interactions with my students to
    one single letter plus or minus

    after weeks of asking them to
    make their offerings take their chances
    all too quickly all that matters is
    one letter to somehow sum it up

    to go on their permanent record
    not the day we all laughed together
    or we closed the books and sang out loud
    conjunction junction what’s your function

    I felt like a teacher on those days
    this week I’m an accountant



    1. Passing tests or expanding minds. Conformance vs. new life. Ah, the joys of education.

      Grades will pass. Parents will forgive and forget.

      But new life. New life is the thing.

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