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