Teacher

I live for the
ah-hah! moments
the moments when you
watch someone think
see something click in their mind
and feel the smile and excitement that follow
overflow into the room around them

I live for the projects
you really want to do
the ones
people are so
invested in
for them
it is play
and not work

I live for making these things happen
for finding the sparks
to ignite the flames
and for watching a mind
run away with itself
because it’s too excited to stop

I live for watching
learners become
the life-long kind
who never stop
being curious
who seek out
those moments
where everything
finally
makes sense

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Only Weakness

Tiny hands
big eyes
a voice that always asks
Why?

So many bad things
in this world
and my only weakness
is the child
looking up at me
tiny hand in mine
and I can’t help but
try to bring them
better days

Don’t Understand

I do not have
many friends
and that is okay.
People aren’t nearly as
interesting as they
believe themselves to be.

I thought you
were my friend
but now I’m
not so sure.
You’re still interesting
but you don’t
understand.

You ask
“Why don’t you
go out more?”
Say
“He doesn’t love you.
Just go find
someone new.”
But it’s
not as easy
for me
when I seem to
see through people
so quickly.

Yes
I’m in love with
my best friend.
Yes
I know it’s one-sided
but I also know how
rare it is
for me to feel
so invested
in someone.

I don’t want to
let that go.

With the Future

For Leila Grace, with love from your cousin Caity.

I often hold hands and walk
with the future.
She leads me along
and tells me we’re both princesses.
I ask if her baby brother is a prince
since we’re princesses.
She responds by saying it’s
just pretend.
I guess Owen doesn’t get to be royalty
this time.

I often sit and paint
with the future.
She adds leaves and apples
to the stem of my rose
and invents new flowers
of the simplest kind
in all different colors.
I ask her what her favorite color is.
“This one.”
She points to
a different color in her paint set
every time.

I often sing and dance
with the future.
She hums nameless tunes
like the ones I used to hum
the secret songs known only
to the very young
that mean nothing and everything
all at the same time.
Today she is teaching me
how to jump
and my mother takes her other hand
so we can help her jump higher
that a three-year-old ever could
on her own.

I often talk
with the future
and she tells me
anything is possible
but some things are
just pretend.
I look at her
and I can tell
the future is bright
intelligent
and practical
with an infinite well of
creativity and curiosity
and I cannot wait
to see where the future
takes me next.