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Uncultured

Postby dks » Mon Sep 07, 2009 8:15 pm

Uncultured

we began in some magnificent sea,
born on the crest of tissue, soft
salt waves of champagne,
black purple pink—
we were once the cream of color

til a legion of skiffs crawled
across our glass smooth stretch—
peeling back the skin—
planting stones like seeds,
threatening to make semi-precious
our genuine abyss

structures of flames so rare
we were layers away from death
or joy—
life in the pond is far
from our uncommon shore

tongues, fingers
muscle apart our tender beds,
scaling off the birth our iridescence

our white hearts now strung among others’—
fished out
for the harvest of our innocence
"I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart's affections and the Truth of Imagination."
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Re: Uncultured

Postby Saturn » Wed Sep 09, 2009 10:39 am

Just in case anyone had forgotten how good a poet you were dks, you stupify me with another gem like this. Bravissimo signora!
"Oh what a misery it is to have an intellect in splints".
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Re: Uncultured

Postby dks » Fri Sep 11, 2009 5:06 am

:oops: Thanks, Stephen. As always--you are too kind. I wrote that about what I witness to be happening to the students I teach daily in the public system...it frightens me a bit, to be honest.
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Re: Uncultured

Postby AsphodelElysium » Sun Oct 04, 2009 5:51 am

Could you elaborate on that a bit, dks? I have similar concerns with my students and I wonder what other teachers think about the issues and, really, how you all handle it?
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But, when I am consumed in the fire,
Give me new Phoenix wings to fly at my desire."
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Re: Uncultured

Postby dks » Fri Oct 09, 2009 5:20 am

AsphodelElysium wrote:Could you elaborate on that a bit, dks? I have similar concerns with my students and I wonder what other teachers think about the issues and, really, how you all handle it?


*Groan* ...where do I begin? I think they (my students, anyway) are shoved into the public system like square stakes in a round hole--they are expected to adhere to the old, factory school system pioneered on the old frontier! Things are shifting toward a change, but in an achingly slow manner. Plus, their parents--they are 90% of the equation, you know. The parents send them off to public school with a bit of cash for lunch, and they cross themselves when their little darlings run out the door hoping the teachers can deal with them better than they can.

It's...it's not good.
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Re: Uncultured

Postby AsphodelElysium » Tue Oct 20, 2009 5:07 am

I almost have the opposite problem. My students have shaped themselves to the square pegs and think that is the only shape they can be. I try to show them the round pegs and they react very badly. They are like oysters who won't develop their pearls. Sand is all they've known and all they want to know. :(
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