among schoolchildren

Again standing before them
presenting material on Joyce
talking about themes and ironies
trying to get beyond just not liking the story

One girl is rolling her head back on her shoulders
her eyes are slung back in her head
she knows it all because she’s taken this class before

A boy is peeling the label from his Mountain Dew bottle
Seemingly oblivious to the world around him
in a few minutes, he’ll finish the sketch he started in Psych class

Other voices pipe up
like late summer cicadas in the trees
they want to answer but they want to make sure
they don’t lose face with their peers

So why go through it all?
“why do we read these stories?”
What desire amid these disengaged, disenchanted?

the need for the myths (mine)
and that of the girl or boy in the front row
who is just realizing his or her role in the Play
who will break through the plexiglass
and become Participants.


~ by hannahcsykes on August 26, 2008.

One Response to “among schoolchildren”

  1. Yours is a noble profession, my friend.
    One after my own heart.
    Good luck and God bless you.

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