April Michelle

Living To Work - Poem by April Michelle

To live is teaching my kindergarten boys that it is okay NOT to be the coolest cat on the playground.

To live is conquering poverty while convincing the poverty-stricken they are not stricken by anything for having greater needs than you and me.

To live is teaching my kindergarten girls their hip shakin'/booty shakin' dance is not acceptable during recess. Unless of course they are willing to teach me a few moves.

To live is spending quality time at the lake either on a boat, in a tent, on a jet ski, holding a fishin' pole, storytelling with the stars, etc.

To live is telling at least one joke a day, albeit be lame or thought provoking in hopes of keeping the elevator sane and the bums happy.

To live is advocating change for aspects of our educational system…this pre-occupation with performance rather than understanding is hurting not only our children but also hurting the very educators who keep this country's love for learning alive.

To live is demanding fairness for low socio-economic students and those who are not. Circumstance or lack thereof cannot and should not shape the structure of resources made available.

To live...is helping others.

© 2010 April Michelle

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, February 13, 2010

Poem Edited: Sunday, April 11, 2010

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