Blog challenge: poem

On Josette Le Blanc’s blog yesterday she put up a post, in poetry, that really resonated. It was about the friction inside about trying to make things better in the classroom and in one’s own classroom. Hers is better and more concise. Mine’s self indulgent but it’s my blog and I choose what goes up. Maybe you’ve had learners like mine.

Nobody Dies

I want to tell them that nobody dies,
“Nobody dies,” I tell them;
Everyone laughs, nobody dies.

I want to tell them it’s OK to be shy,
“It’s OK to be shy.”
Nobody speaks but nobody dies.

I want to tell them nobody cares,
“Nobody cares
About mistakes you make:
They’re too busy worrying about their own.”
Nobody’s scared but nobody dares so
Nobody speaks but nobody dies.

I want to tell them nobody knows,
“Nobody knows the perfect way,
So go ahead and try your own;
I’ll let you know about mine,
Which you’re perfectly free to decline,
I won’t leave you to struggle alone.”
Nobody knows who
Suddenly speaks but
Somebody dared
Although they were scared
And nobody cares
And actually
Nobody dies.

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