I hear them all.
The voices of my students
past and present
echo in this circus
stripped from the natural place
where learning should go
into the words of best practices
and waivers and emails, and wait!
don’t move from your computer (like that’s healthy),
and here’s a 100 page document to read yesterday, and
we have your back (we’ll work together)
if (not when) you die (Shouldn’t we always have people’s backs?),
but don’t be dramatic because we’re all in the same boat,
even if the student don’t know what an idiom, metaphor, or simile is.
That’s my job. I know.
But I hear them all.