Monthly Archives: September 2012

No Forgiveness

Three days into my first semester I had been able to handle every issue on my own. Next door I could hear Lucy pleading with her students and calling out for help from Moses, as I’ll call the correctional officer assigned to … Continue reading

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Grammar in November

It was November. The offenders were getting used to me and I was starting, just starting, to get used to them. My boss had proven right about some things like how much I could ask from a class in one … Continue reading

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Little Bo Peep

Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep and doesn’t know where to find them. Leave them alone and they’ll come home wagging their tails behind them. “What do I do here, Miss?” “What are you writing about?” “I dunno.” “Which … Continue reading

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Hummingbird

“It was in Las Vegas that I saw my first hummingbird, Miss,” he told me with a note of wonder in his voice. “Not in all the time you were in California?” I replied. My last trip to California, a … Continue reading

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A Five Year Plan

“I want to write!” I picked my jaw off the floor and adjusted it back in place to ask, “Have you ever said that before?” “Naw, Miss, I hate school,” I noted the present tense in his explanation. “I mean, … Continue reading

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mary

I learned about Mary though a function designed to teach young people to drive safely. I’ve seen better programs, but this one came free, and for us, it came with a live presentation by a vehicular murderer. She looked younger … Continue reading

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revoked

He was a tall, skinny black man with a wisp of a moustache and daring eyes. Had he grown up under different conditions maybe he would have seemed more skinny than scary, but he carried himself like he was twice his … Continue reading

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watch out

After hanging posters on the wall, my teacher’s assistant stepped back to check out the new look. Abruptly he turned and thrust a  paper across my table, “What about this Miss?” Typed in large letters it read: IF YOU DON’T … Continue reading

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Lucy, back from vacation

We were just about done with our roll call when my boss, to be conversational, checked in with the recreational staff about the flag football league. It was going well with 32 offenders involved. We were about to get up … Continue reading

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some poems from my students

the bic pen so much depends upon a bic pen black in my hand onto the white lined page the loving sister so much depends upon a loving sister funny in my heart in my soul the black-leathered bible so … Continue reading

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