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Greg McVerry

Teaching in a Time of Crisis: A #poetryport poem for @telliowkuwp

When my name got drawn for Terry's poem, I will fully admit my intimidation. Terry is the poet I strive to be. He lays meaning on the mundane.

Can describe lif in a few words about something on the farm. Each color he sings, each sound he paints, plays a part in a grand opera in only a few lines of verse.

I was asked to write about teaching in a "time of existential crisis" when people are tired of messages of hope and change. When you know thought and prayer do not stop bullets, when you the planet is melting, when you know racism is used as a path to power.

When you want to say, "WTF, and give up." See that is a sentiment common to all teachers regardless of the politics of the day. Morose is contagious.

So is hope, but it spreads way quicker with action.


Fat congeals
as meager scraps
sit, fork scraping
against time

Hope never fills
anyone's plate
no change to alter

Empty calories
of broken promises
kept me starved
in galleys of
of thoughtless hunger

My fork scrapes
my plate
and my destiny
is done
When he
unleashed tyranny
a conspiracy
promises to rid
the toxicity of
of brown and black kids
Tectonics in me shifted
teaching no longer

So as the carcass
cools on my forgotten dinner
     the road
 draws dimmer
choruses of hate
fill from every corner

Hope never fills
anyone's plate
no change to alter

Our Nation a
crisis of flightless bird
cast in times
when children aren't heard
The Eagle clipped

It burns

I am an
active feeling
yet my
road worsens
Searches for Kierkegaard's
meaning are
fleeting. Desires
of unlit fires
  something must
      be done
Am I the one?
Just a teacher
    eating alone
rooms dimmed, doors
  existence of
lost essence

Presence of
crisis as the
demagogue rises

Hope never fills
anyone's plate
no change to alter

Can I exist?
hang a fist?
encounter the
self to surge
upon the world?

Or will efforts falter
sliding from plate to
hate won, time let lose?

A mooring broken
teachers past a
token to dreams
not deffered
but confinded
a cage bird muzzled
has no song
Growth tusseled
The Eagle clipped

Children locked in
prisons. Politicians
wishing for a land great again
DusK of Darkness
or hates new dawning
Angst grow bigger
Children cast as nothing more
than little nibblers
on the dole
taking a toll bighting at the edges of

true givers

Yet if Sarte
can find Heidegger
behind barbed walls
King pens truth in Birmingham
Can I ensure
democracy doesn't fall?

For I am a teacher

Hope never fills
anyone's plate
no change to alter

Teachers are catalyst
of growth
I it is more than not eating alone
I musn't invite to my table But seek out those
who will let me listen
those already free
can never understand the ring of the shackle

Choice made, I rise from the table,
scrape sinew into the refuse
Close the light, and get to work

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Greg McVerry

Hey team, @inoreader raised prices by 150% to be able to build a feed of all our poetry, photographs and art for our web ring. I need to figure out a new way to build an RSS Planet. Any ideas anyone ever use @cogdog's tutorials?

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I use WordPress to host and manage web rings. It is how we set up the web ring: I add an RSS planet and a directory of members. Works very well.

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I can think of no one more deserving than @epilepticrabbit her efforts to bring Open practices to Greenpeace will impact our planet for decades

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@em_literacies Let me know if you need any help setting up the network. I help to maintain the community. We use a website, web rings, and an RSS Planet and have everyone write from their own blogs.

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Not enough of my community has microformats for any kind of h-feed or social reader so for syndication created a web ring and then I built public RSS feeds and a planet. Best bunch of creatives on the web.

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Last year at (welwasn't there) created an RSS planet of folks blogging through the conference or decide to own their content from their own domain and publish conference materials. Happy to again for

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Good morning from chilly East Haddam, CT. Check out the muses on our web ring: If you have a blog share your creative works just hit me up and join. Scrolling through our RSS Planet best way to start day

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Gluttony of vendor hall. Prey on bibliophile's & teachers who can't afford to build library, so hunker down in line hoping for freebie tossed aside by the big publishing houses. All that shipping, trash, while planet melts and burn @ncte

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@philosopher1978 I think maybe the entire conference would be better served outside of NA rather than just an outside NA track. In fact I favor smaller regional conferences for the values of The planet is drowning and burning at the same time.


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