Two Teaching Poems

Two Teaching Poems

I. Pupils: a Chiasm

The tunnel with light at both ends:

The joy of and the fear of

Looking into it honestly

And saying just what you mean,

A sometimes-shuttered window, yawning

Often in the dark, tightening in brightness,

A circle, a space,

The soul of a face,

A student.

A student.

The soul of a face,

A circle, a space,

Often in the dark, tightening in brightness,

A sometimes-shuttered window, yawning

And saying just what you mean,

Looking into it honestly,

The joy of and the fear of

The tunnel with light at both ends.

 

II. Dark Ages

The young pagans band

around the picnic table and scrawl

inky runes into their hands

with cheap pens. Around them,

the world falls, and wonders if

they will learn to rebuild it.


Betsy K. Brown teaches and chairs the humanities program at Cicero Preparatory Academy in Scottsdale, Arizona. A graduate of Seattle Pacific University’s MFA in Creative Writing program, with a focus on creative nonfiction, Betsy loves to share the goodness of words and stories with young people amid the beauty of the American Southwest.

Image: Nicholas Roerich, Star of the Hero, tempera on canvas, 1936, Nicholas Roerich Museum (New York City, NY)

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