Poverty & People
July 12, 2019
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]
Creativity creates possibilities
Identify ideas worth nurturing
And be unafraid to fail
Trust the voice within,
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
November 11, 2018
Thousands of thoughts and prayers
Went out to families in Thousand Oaks
And I wonder
Who is listening?
When the norm
Is now one mass murder
Thoughts and prayers
Prayers place the power
in God’s hands
When this is not the work of God
November 2, 2018
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
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
September 27, 2018
Your deadline is fast approaching
Often times when stuck
I pick up my coffee mug
Searching for inspiration
This is part of the process
Next sentence or stanza goes down
Some in rapid succession
July 21, 2018
I’m dog watching on the Jersey side
Of the Delaware River
The size of a small pony
Why wouldn’t he?
He gets to play every day
Chasing his ball
Going on walks
Taking naps when needed
Which means I don’t remember
What it’s like to have man’s best frie...
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