Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy

Thoughts -

Last year, my niece had the teacher from Heaven, Mrs. Mastroni. My brother is in the process of nominating her for the "Teacher of the Year" award. My brother just sent me a CD she made and showed at the end of the school year. It is a video of smiling children, not just smiling, glowing. I could not help contrasting it to Baraka where so many of the children are so serious.
Well, the teacher this year is criticizing Katy for being concise in her writing, precise.
Does this teacher not know how hard E.B. White worked to be just that?
This teacher says, "More is always better." 
Well, this is my poetic response to that. After all, nothing ruffles me anymore. I am the breeze, not the curtains. I live in ease. : )
If you read the weather on the East Coast in the next day or so, you'll know I just floated through, with ease.

Teacher’s Conference


Imagine if your beloved niece
had a teacher who says
“More is always better.”
Isn’t that what is wrong with this country?
More, more, more -

What happened to less is more -
Isn’t that what I teach her
when I ask her to notice her breath
and the fairies who dance
in the moisture
hovering  there

when we play by the stream
and give the fairies a bed
and a place to dive
and a  pearl or two -
we offer
only a little

not too much
just enough
to place on their leaf
by the door -


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