Teachers as 'Writers
It's not enough just to teach writing; one must be a writer!
A key focus of the Seven Bridges Writing Project is to encourage teachers to examine themselves as writers. Those best equipped to teach writing to others are those who write---who explore new genres, appropriate new voices, and model the joy of writing.
A hoarse voice came across the computer. It's low and deep and familiar to my heart and ears. He's not feeling good. I know it before he announces to his followers and those watching him playing a game, that he has a sore throat.
The mom in me comes out and tells him to get some rest, drink some fluids. Can you smell? Can you taste?
"Relax, mom. It's just a summer cold. My dad gave it to me. It's not COVID."
So, I momentarily relax. I have a million balls up in the air right now. I can relax about this.
But I go into the stream the following day, and his voice is lethargic. He complains of a fever and tells the crowd that he'll be ending early and curling up in bed with his cat.
I start to send messages. Are you drinking enough fluids? What is your temperature? He tells me that Nessa had a curry delivered to his home. "That should help with your sinuses," I tell him.
"It would if I could taste it," and my heart stops cold.
His dad is down and out, too.
His dad refuses to wear masks.
Neither of them got vaccinated.
What do I do now?
He won't even go get tested.
- Malinda Bachelor
Refreshing the Liberal Soul
~a haiku response to Dorie~
Water is precious,
an ongoing narrative,
a running thesis,
a smooth, soothing stream. . .
of consciousness, a current
flow that refreshes.
made from time and miracle,
Time, precious, is like
water, an unplanned comma,
bro-ken into its wayward parts:
Teachers, women, for
a brief moment, one lone male—
with hearts full of care, traverse
the seven bridges
arched over rivers
of words, thought, and hope that lead
to writing freedom.
~By Anjeanette Alexander-Smith