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Life Poetry - Refuse Is a Pliable Material

Linda J. Wolff, is a Pacific Northwest writer, poet and the editor of Wolff Poetry, a go-to literary journal.


Refuse is a Pliable Material

He walked into the classroom—
Littering the air with profanity,
dressed skin, attitudinal, and skeletal structure
darken hue, empty.

a skeletal twitch of anger
layers of slur, the negation of parents

But he's pliable.
His mask, his life, molded, structured of history,
a repeated series of a domino effect.

Refuse can be deemed worthy—
if a teacher is supple enough to
yield compassion and care with a fold,
and bend freely, without scarring,
the fragments that remain of youth.

Pointing to a wastepaper basket—
Teacher, soft-toned, says: obscenities are
obsolete in a contemplative classroom

Blank space filled eyes, he was stumped at her words.
Then she smiled.
Any human spirit is worthy of a bright future.

© 2018 Linda J Wolff


Linda J Wolff (author) from Seattle, WA on October 14, 2018:

Thank you! Have a wonderful week too!

Umar from Pakistan on October 14, 2018:

beautiful poem

Shannon Henry from Texas on October 12, 2018:

You remind me of the kind of teacher my professors wanted student teachers to aspire to be. They led by their own examples. One came from poverty herself and another worked in charter schools in dangerous neighborhoods. Circumstances and a few bad choices did not permit me to see the education program through to a teaching degree. I do, however, remember that it is teachers with this type of attitude that inspired me when I was in college.

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