When I walk into school every morning,
a giant fan starts blowing on me.
I can barely catch my breath.
The mayhem of new incentives
slaps me in the face,
work for our 10-year evaluation
twirls around like a horde
of mosquitoes, trying to disarm
my good mood, announcements
on the intercom bombard me,
requests from guidance interrupt
my classes. All I want to do
is engage my students in learning.
All day I stand in the whirlwind,
wondering how on earth we’ve
gotten so far away from education.