At dusk, the lines in my empty classroom begin to blur.
Sharpened pencils sit tips up ready for young people
to link traces of their heart to lined white paper.
Summer’s recipe for cracking wide that reading gap
is forgiven as September’s essentials start piling in:
bulletin boards, journals, and a teacher who dares
to break through fences that separate students
exposing the chains that bind and connect us.
A rose is a rose, and stories change lives.
Operator me, must hook kids into books
and link up discussions between readers
feeding a muse they haven’t yet met.
We build a scaffold for story connected and pulled,
written without fear of judgment or grade
written simply for the joy of linking hearts
to words on page.
Brenda Warren 2012
School starts Wednesday, and I’ve been readying my classroom and my spirit. It will be a great year.
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