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They put bite-size chocolates on the long tables
to appease us at our monthly meetings.
For some it seems to suffice, but not me,
showing us graphs on degrees of retention.

We are losing our children.
We need to plan lessons with more rigor and relevance.
Our students are playing catch-up to India.

The day before in my Creative Writing class,
Kenneth Platt asked anyone who’d listen—

“Did you know that we lose 40 to 100 strands of hair a day?
That the Neanderthal’s brain was bigger than ours?
That India has more sex than any country in the world?”
To which Mitch replied, “Book me a flight to India, homie.”

We need to use our instruction minutes wisely.
Students can’t learn if they’re not actively engaged.
They’ll never fulfill our expectations if we can’t
stimulate them enough to pay attention.
As educators, it’s our job to…

I just stare at the spinning ceiling fans
imagining I was in Calcutta,
a transcendental passenger reflecting in a rickshaw
letting someone else earning meager pay lead me around,
so I can raise my hand and quizzically ask,

“Uh… What are we supposed to do again?”

(A previous version appears in Underground Voices Magazine)


About Daniel Romo

Author of Apologies in Reverse (FutureCycle Press, 2019), When Kerosene's Involved (Mojave River Press, 2014) and Romancing Gravity (Silver Birch Press, 2013). I'm partial to prose poems. Alliteration. And fragments.

5 responses »

  1. Ahh, the bite-sized chocolates.

  2. Peter- Ours was canceled last month.

    Joseph- I just figured since they have more people than any other country (Or is that China?).

  3. …wait, is that true about India? Really?

  4. You said it, brother.

    As a belated holiday gift, our principal canceled ours this month.


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