spiderwomanhand

Dreamcatcher

a spider spun a web inside my dream catcher and now no dreams at all get through. my slumber is an empty canvas but I leave the web and the spider and its new home sitting safely laced between my dreams. then one October night like a gust of autumn air you passed through the web, slid down the feathers …

airplane-twist

Airplanes

there are airplanes landing in my palms. they taxi up my wrists and then my arms. I peek inside the tiny windows and every passenger is you. across my chest is a big sign that says ‘arrivals’. when you touch down I will run through every terminal, every dark runway inside me to meet you at the gate. I know …

rosary

Novena: A Persona Poem

Novena Just once, hold me between your fingertips when you don’t need something. Pass over me and say my name on your way to salvation. Feel the worn wood of my wounds, the heavy broken dreams and dead names that have passed through me. Let my insatiable thirst for tragedy fill your mouth and throat with anything other than those …

Mysterious_Garden

Letter to My Future Self

Show me how this goes. Nothing seems to fit right these days. You are a decent looking house but I’m still buried under all this rubble and it’s starting to affect my breathing. There are layers of this onion that don’t want to be peeled. My ego real sensitive and he don’t like knives. I keep telling him that this …

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Yo Noobie (after Jon Sands)

Yo first year of teaching – pshhhh. Yo curriculum – of course hip hop is educational. Yo hip hop – stop embarrassing me! Yo standardized tests – how you expect me to fit all this creativity in that there bubble? Yo rubric – how many points for empathy? Yo lesson plans – why won’t you cooperate? Yo Race to the Top – …

Principles

Teaching to Heal

Teachers need to live with integrity because we are more than just content instructors. In many ways, we are spiritual guides. I don’t mean gurus or religious mentors. We should be teachers of spiritual principles – the same universal principles found in all the great works of literature. There is nothing more important. Many students, parents, administrators and educators believe that our …