Poets’ Corner: Feela Celebrates Back To School
Editor’s note: We reached out to our circle of poets for their take on the arrival of Fall. Telluride Inside… and Out regular contributor David Feela answered with a poem about heading back to school. His school. The school of life.
Substitute Lesson Plans
When I’m gone I want those left
to understand where they’re heading.
Remind them behavior counts.
Ask them to open their books
to any page they haven’t read
and get familiar with listening
to what someone else has to say.
Teach the difference between will
and willpower. Have them practice
mastering the art of explaining
important matters to people
who don’t care. There will be questions
to answer. If they raise their hands,
thank them for participating
but point out that in the end
they’ll have to decide for themselves.
If anyone arrives unprepared
have them curl on the floor
in a fetal position and ask them
to try again. Contrary to popular wisdom,
people get second chances.
Show them how to relax without sleeping,
how to laugh without making fun of
someone else. If you run out of time
I’m sorry. Real learning requires a lifetime.
You will only have one hour.
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