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July 12, 2019

“Independent”

Step over to the public square

Snag a bench in the shade

I am safe

from the oppressive South Carolina sun

Crack a book about the adolescent brain

Because even though a teacher

Is physically off for summer

The mental game never strays

Few pages in before

A man situa...

March 1, 2019

[Reflection is a powerful tool in learning. Here are my observations and ideas after teaching a five-week unit on Black History]

  

[Preface: poetry]

Creativity creates possibilities

Identify ideas worth nurturing

And be unafraid to fail

Trust the voice within,

Because w...

February 16, 2019

That  gang life  ain’t good...

Y’all  niggas is  misunderstood.

It  ain’t  no life  like that  in the hood,

Don’t  dedicate  yourself to  no shit like that.

It  shouldn’t  be tolerated.

Them  streets  not gone  have your back,  when y...

January 27, 2019

Be Joyful though you have considered all the facts

And this is where the struggle begins. 

This “Us vs. Them” mentality,

Where the media cycle survives, or even thrives

As partisan politics rips us apart.  

As activists in the community,

it’s impossible to turn a blind eye

Be...

November 11, 2018

Thousands of thoughts and prayers

Went out to families in Thousand Oaks

And I wonder

Who is listening?

Anymore

When the norm

Is now one mass murder

A day

Thoughts and prayers

No more

Prayers place the power

in God’s hands

When this is not the work of God

As citizens

We act

We write

To...

November 2, 2018

Time

When the leaves

Begin to change

I can’t call it beautiful

Because my professor at West Chester

Once told me beautiful is overused

So I’ll say

This is the time when colors catch your eyes

When the leaves begin to burn bright.

The leaves look like seniors

Who too are entering...

September 29, 2018

“Mama taught you how to fight, fight

Before taught you how to write, right?

& daddy locked down in the cell, can’t kiss you night night”

Letting my students loose on lyrics from

Hip-hop artists of their picking proved

To be the key to unlocking the cryptic but convincing

Ta-...

September 28, 2018

Patience must be practiced.

Society instills in us a need for swift satisfaction

so we seek that reaction

My move left me stuck

Expecting to    continue climbing, ascending,

   Searching for the same excellence

Yet I forgot I switched mountains

        Many...

September 27, 2018

Sit down

Your deadline is fast approaching

Often times when stuck

I pick up my coffee mug

And sip

Searching for inspiration

For stimulation

This is part of the process

Next sentence or stanza goes down

Some in rapid succession

Others word

                        by word...

July 21, 2018

I’m dog watching on the Jersey side

Of the Delaware River

A Doberman

The size of a small pony

Stays smiling

Why wouldn’t he?

He gets to play every day

Chasing his ball

Going on walks

Taking naps when needed

I rent

Which means I don’t remember

What it’s like to have man’s best frie...

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