First Grade Snafu

The abysmal ratio of teachers
one for over twenty first graders, each
child needy, lost, bored with the pace, subjects
confined and unattended, anchorless

all of his grief bottled up, the snafu
apparent in school: not enough staff who
watch over the classrooms. He’s singled out
as most egregious but I winkle out

the common theme. And so strategically
I bring wisdom to first grade so that he
under my guiding eye succeeds. Alas,
the covetous eyes of the kids in class

crave my attention, too. I glance and smile
and hug when they run up and all the while
I’m sending waves of balance through the field
the patient grounding we grandmothers wield.

Inspired by: Snafu, Covetous, Strategic, Bottle and recent visits to my grandson’s classroom.

Featured image: artwork by my six-year-old grandson. Oh, the passion with which he wielded his blue crayons!


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Victoria Stuart

I'm a poet, philosopher and inner seeker. A giver, lover and a healer who studies the heart.

2 thoughts on “First Grade Snafu”

  1. I worked for a short time as a teacher aide at an inner-city school here in town. It did not work out as I had different ideas on how to teach kids…and it did not involve marching them through when so many still were not in line. It is a jungle out there, Victoria. I can well imagine those children craving your attention.

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