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The After-Life?

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Photo courtesy of Jon Tyson

Day 1 of 5: Today’s prompt was to write a rondeau.

 

The After-Life?

What if teachers never go back

Parents and tech pick up the slack

Students learn at their own fair pace

Resources and time laced with grace

Everyone wins on the same track.

 

What if schools gave out lunch and snack

Souls were fed, kept free from attack

Not harmed, murdered or judged on race

Will this be the after-life?

 

What if support destroyed all lack

Success something to be unpacked

Equity and justice, IN PLACE

Suffering in children, ERASED

Embracing lives in shades of black

Will this be the after-life?

Persevere and Hustle

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The Urban Dictionary says that hustle is

to have the courage, confidence,

self-belief and self-determination

to go out there and work it out

until you find the opportunities you want in life.

 

My full-time hustle is teaching children

Teaching novice teachers is my part-time hustle

I have to keep going.

Facing my students

praying for my students

preparing my students

to go out there

with courage, confidence,

self belief and self-determination

to find the opportunities

they want in life.

 

I have to hustle for them

not just for me

because by the time they graduate high school

and by the time they get their teaching credentials

someone will have said

they can’t do it, won’t have it, shouldn’t dream it

and someone will try to wash the color from their hearts

and build steel cages around their freedom

and distract their perseverance

until they can’t even utter a syllable of success.

 

But I will push the hustle into them

like it was pushed into me

and I will thank them for sticking with it

like they thanked me for not giving up on them.

 

#keepitreal2018